Lime Rock Park will introduce a new event to its calendar that will celebrate all things Mazda MX-5 Miata, the racetrack announced.
Slated for Oct. 27-28, Lime Rock Park will host MiataCon, a grassroots race weekend honoring the Mazda Miata.
The weekend will feature three different Miata race groups: Spec/Global MX-5, Spec Miata, and an Exhibition group which will include any race-prepped MIata that doesn’t fit into the first two groups, event officials said. Also featured on the weekend will be a number of Miata-only HPDE sessions. Practice and qualifying will fill Friday’s on-track activity, with Saturday opening with sprint races from each group and culminating with an hour-long multi-group enduro. The Sports Car Driving Association (SCDA) will sanction MiataCon, opening registration up to professional and club racers, the track said.
Friday’s activities will also feature “MiataX” – Miata-only autocross lapping sessions on the FCP Euro Proving Grounds. A limited number of MiataX spots will be available via the MiataCon registration page.
The weekend will feature five different Miata Car Corrals where enthusiasts can park amongst each other and participate in parade laps around the Lime Rock circuit. The different corral classifications include: NA Miata (1989- 1997), NB Miata (1998 – 2005), NC Miata (2006 – 2015), ND Miata (2016 – present) and JDM Sportscars.
A midway will also host Miata-themed vendors and exhibits.
“Lime Rock Park and the Lime Rock Drivers Club have a very active and competitive community of Spec Miata and MX-5 racers, including coaches and drivers who have won national Miata championships,” said Dicky Riegel, president and CEO of Lime Rock Park. “Recognizing that the Miata is the most-raced car in the world, it is a natural for Lime Rock Park to host this new annual MiataCon festival to build upon our heritage. This will become a major event for current and aspiring Mazda racers and I can’t wait to be out there as a participant.”