Langley’s Cherie Storms is one of 18 racers chasing $75,000 as part of the Mazda Club Racer Shootout.
The Shootout is the single largest prize in club racing and since 2007, Mazda has annually promoted one talented club racer to the professional ranks.
The prize money funds a drive in the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Cup.
The criteria for the shootout is to identify the aspiring professional racer who has the best range of skills required to succeed.
“We wanted to find a suitable way to bridge the gap from club racing to the professional ranks,” said John Doonan, Motorsports’ director.
“Our shootout has become a signature event for Mazda Motorsports. Without exception, every driver who won the shootout proved to be competitive in MX-5, with several developing solid professional careers.”
Storms competes with the Sports Car Club of British Columbia out of the Mission Raceway and is one of two drivers from the club — and three from Canada — invited to the shootout. The rest are from the United States.
To qualify, each of the drivers had to have won a recognized championship over a minimum number of competitors. The second step was for each to submit a business presentation, which will be reviewed and graded by a team of motorsports and marketing professionals. From those proposals, the finalists will be selected.
And the part of the shootout will be a one-day event on Nov. 11 at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in California.
The winner moves on to the Mazda MX-5 Cup for 2014.