“The car… keeps the history of Mazda and the Miata, with it being light… nimble… fun.”Ashton Harrison, Driver, No. 03 Mazda MX-5 in the Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup
Ashton started participating in track days when she was 17 years old and began racing when she was 18. After her first race she was hooked! “It was the most adrenaline-pumping moments of my life,” Ashton reminisces. She finished mid-pack in the beginning of the season but improved every race.
“The car… keeps the history of Mazda and the Miata, with it being light, with it being nimble, with it being fun,” observes Ashton.
She explains why the opportunity to race in the MX-5 makes the series so popular amongst drivers: “Being light and also being fast, but being a little bit down on power, you can really get at it, and then that’s where the driving aspect comes in, which is why we enjoy the series so much.”
We had the opportunity to speak to Ashton during rounds 7 and 8 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Toronto, Ontario. Ashton takes us through the similarities and differences of the Mazda MX-5 race car and road car:
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