New program support highlights the contingency awards enhancements
In club racing and autocross, many auto manufacturers pay contingency awards, though not all. Of those who do, the philosophy has largely been to pay just the winner or, perhaps, the podium. Manufacturers want wins and podiums to be able to showcase.
It wants to showcase the talented Mazda racers, but it also rewards many racers who finish deeper in the fields. In 2017, Mazda began paying deeper in the fields – often the top five finishing positions. In 2018, Mazda paid a little deeper overall. In 2019, it further expanded its awards to racers in endurance racing - American Endurance Racing (AER), ChampCar, and World Racing League (WRL). In all, Mazda has nearly doubled the number of racers it pays contingency awards to compared to three-plus years ago. In addition to the expansion of payouts, Mazda introduced the “Mazda Collection” line, which features premium apparel and accessories. The Mazda Motorsports contingency program, starting in 2019, offered many racers the opportunity to earn rewards points, often as bonuses, to help them acquire merchandise from the Mazda Collection, as well as to acquire competition parts. And beginning in 2020, Mazda will focus some of the contingency awards on new programs, and bolstering select existing program – Spec MX-5, SCCA Time Trials, Teen Mazda Challenge, and others.
Mazda will award the contingency to the car owner (one individual per car), who will submit necessary information listed on the "Official Request Form" found on mazdamotorsports.com. Mazda cannot split up payment between multiple people.
Requirements: Mazda Teams that finish in the top three overall (not just top three in class) in final point standings within AER, WRL, ChampCar, or Atlantic Pro Cup AND capture two class race wins in any of the following: NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, AER, WRL, ChampCar, or Tropical Enduro (class wins must be in a different sanctioning body than your top three overall point standings finish). A team must run the same car (same VIN needs to be documented) across all races and sanctioning bodies to earn the Enduro Championship Challenge award.
In ChampCar, if the requirements for full payout are not met with the reductions resulting in the racers earning fewer than 20 points,
cash (prepaid card) is optional. For every point earned (i.e. under 20), Mazda will apply $15 (e.g., if 10 points were earned, Mazda
would award $150 to the racer). The racer is to indicate this in his or her official request form.
Contingency awards for point championships in ChampCar will culminate in April, 2021 after the championship at Road America. For those Mazda contingency award winners who earn points they will receive an extension for when they can use it. ChampCar competitors who earn Mazda contingency can spend their points earnings any time in 2021 (rather than by March 31, 2021).
Mazda ChampCar Results - https://champcar.org/register/mazdaresults.php
ChampCar 2020 Mazda National Championship Results - https://champcar.org/web/pdf/nationalchampionship/2020ChampionshipPointsMazda.pdf