Formula Car Challenge Racer Joseph Burton-Harris Selected as Mazda Road to 24 Finalist
October 23rd, 2015
Joseph Burton-Harris has been named a finalist in the 2015 Mazda Road To 24 Shootout. JBH, competed this year in the GoPro Grand Prix with the Formula Car Challenge and won both races.
Burton-Harris came to the United States to pursue a dream of becoming a full-time professional racecar driver and has made an enormous splash in a very short period of time. “After watching JBH beat some of the fastest Formula Mazda racers on the west coast I was impressed,” noted series official Mark Milazzo. “I was even more impressed at his professionalism off track. When he won on to win the SCCA Runoffs in the Formula Mazda class, that clinched it for me. This guy is the real deal.”
2015 Formula Car Challenge standouts Hunter Pickett, Michael Avansino, and Tazio Ottis, were also among the 23 semi-finalists selected for this year's Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. John Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports, noted: “The nine finalists in this shootout are all highly competitive. The fact that the judges identified nine outstanding racers, from the 23 eligible, shows the tremendous depth of talent we are working with today. Mazda is so proud to offer this prize to our grassroots racers and customers; there is simply nothing like it in the world.”
Burton-Harris will have to chance to claim a $100,000 scholarship to drive in the 2016 SCCA Pro Racing Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires. Launched in 2006 as the Mazda Club Racer shootout, the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout has annually promoted one talented club racer into the professional ranks. The $100,000 scholarship package supports a drive in the 2016 SCCA Pro Racing Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires.
The shootout will take place at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC, on November 8-10. The racers will be tested on the track for their driving skills, and in the garage for their technical understanding of the sport. The aspiring professional racer who wins the prize will have the best range of skills required to succeed. These skills include speed, consistency, race craft, technical feedback and off-track business, marketing and PR skills.
Additional information about the Mazda Road to 24 shootout, and 2016 MX-5 Cup race car, can be found at MazdaMotorsports.com. Mazda Motorsports will be providing live social updates from the Carolina Motorsports Park event on Twitter at @mazdaracing and with hashtag #MRT24.