The Tracks of Spec MX-5: Circuit of The Americas

By Tom Martin

January 31, 2018

On May 4-6, and then again on September 13-16, Spec MX-5 Challenge - Central will run at Circuit of The Americas. COTA is well-know as the host of the US Grand Prix Formula 1 race, as well as IMSA, Pirelli World Challenge, WEC and MotoGP events in recent years.

For some laps around COTA in an ND Mazda MX-5 Cup car, we turned to in-car video from a PWC TCA event last year. Here Winding Road Racing driver Jeff Sexton demonstrates some of what drivers like about COTA:

  • Complex layout, with 20 turns and a variety of turn shapes and combinations
  • Long straights leading into heavy braking areas giving multiple passing points
  • Very wide track, allowing creative lines and alternative passing points
  • High-quality facility, with a generally good track surface
  • Austin music, restaurants and night life are also very close by, which can make for a fun extended weekend

Here's Jeff in the #89 Mazda at COTA:

About Spec MX-5 Challenge

Spec MX-5 Challenge is an affordable pro road racing series with a focus on driver development and a top prize of $100,000. In 2018, its ten-race regular season in the East will run at Virginia International Raceway, Summit Point Raceway, Road Atlanta and Monticello Motor Club. The ten-race Central season will run at NCM Motorsports Park, Circuit of The Americas, Hallett Motor Racing Circuit and NOLA Raceway Park. The top seven drivers from each region will compete at a championship-deciding event at Road Atlanta in November. The twenty drivers selected for the series pay $45,000 and receive full arrive-and-drive services, including transport, entry fees, tires, fuel, mechanical work, engineering and a race car. For more information on Spec MX-5 Challenge, visit: