Nine race their way into Mazda Road to 24 Shootout; two via iRacing

The 2016 Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Race Car, seen at the 107th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois on Feb. 13, 2015.

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Nine individuals have been listed as finalists for the 2015 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout, as they seek a $100,000 Mazda Scholarship to race in the 2016 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup.

The shootout will be held at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC from Nov. 8-10, where the drivers will be tested not just on their on-track performance, but also on their technical knowledge.

Of those nine drivers, two of them – Richard Eklund and Glenn McGee – were able to race their way in through iRacing, an online international sim racing service, which features the Mazda MX-5 Cup car.

The nine finalists for the 2015 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout are:

– Joshua Allan – La Verne, California – NASA PTD Western States Champion

– Joseph Burton-Harris – Sydney, Australia – SCCA Runoffs Formula Mazda Champion

– Bruno Carneiro – Riverton, Utah – At Large Nominee

– Mark Drennan – San Jose, California – NASA Spec Miata Champion (East & West)

– Richard Eklund – Germantown, New York – iRacing Champion

– Mason Filippi – Alamo, California – West Coast Teen Mazda Challenge Champion

– Glenn McGee – Torrance, California – iRacing Champion

– Eric Powell – Orlando, Florida – At Large Nominee

– Michai Stephens – Evanston, Illinois – At Large Nominee

Drivers in the Mazda MX-5 Cup who have gone on to achieve further success in motor racing include FIA WEC racer Patrick Dempsey, Formula E and IndyCar racer Simona de Silvestro, NASCAR and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge racer Chad McCumbee, Indy Lights champion Spencer Pigot, and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge racer Stevan McAleer, who won the MX-5 Cup in 2013.