2016 Mazda/SCCA Pro Racing Awards Banquet at Infinite Energy Center

John Doonan with Nathanial "Sparky" Sparks
2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup Champion
Photo by Bonnie M. Morét
On Friday, Sept 30, I had the pleasure of attending the Mazda/SCCA Pro Racing Awards Banquet at Infinite Energy Center. 

It was great to see old friends like Mike Collins the new SCCA president and meet a fellow Louisiana girl, Sarah Montgomery, the 22-year-old Global Mazda MX-5 driver. 

The winning vibe and high energy could be felt throughout the evening. 

Highlights below:

The Soul Red 2016 Mazda MX-5.

Mazda & SCCA weren't the only ones in the house.

The well-attended reception.

David Cook
Business Development Manager
Mazda North American Operations

My VIP Seat and a photo of SCCA President, Mike Collins.
Thank you, Dean Case!

Reporter Shea Adam
 of LeMans Radio and The Gearbox Girl.

Mike Collins
 SCCA President

John Doonan
 Director of Motorsports
 Mazda North American Operations

Michael L. Prelec
Battery Tender

Peter Calhoun
Motorsport Marketing Manager
 Michelin & BFGoodrich brands at Michelin North America

Jim Averett and Terry Earwood kept us most entertained.

Jim Averett and Terry Earwood
 with Best Pass Winner Nathanial "Sparky" Sparks.

Shea Adam presents the
Battery Tender "Mechanics Award."

Shea Adam presents the
Battery Tender "Mechanics Award."

John Doonan with
John Dean II

John Doonan with
Ara Malkhassian

ALARA Racing drivers and chief mechanic Sarah Montgomery,
Christopher Stone, Mark Evans, Tim Probert and Ara Malkhassian.

The coveted 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup trophy.


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