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Freedom Autosport Confirms Three-Car Mazda MX-5 Effort

Freedom Autosport returns with three Mazda MX-5 cars in ST…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

Freedom Autosport will again carry the Mazda banner in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, with three MX-5s confirmed for the ST class.

Five of the six full-season drivers have been confirmed for the Atlanta area-based team.

Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer will return to the No. 25 ModSpace-sponsored Mazda, after coming up short on claiming their second consecutive ST class title.

While having recorded victories at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and at Lime Rock Park, mechanical issues sidelined the 2015 ST class champions in the title-decider at Road Atlanta.

“Moving into 2017, Stevan and I are very confident that we know what it takes to win a championship,” McCumbee said.

“Falling just 18 minutes short of our second-straight championship last season, I am eager to get the season started and chase what almost was last year.”

Andrew Carbonell and Liam Dwyer, meanwhile, will return to the No. 26 car, with 18-year-old Britt Casey Jr. also back in the No. 27 Mazda, with his co-driver still to-be-confirmed.

It will mark now-retired Marine Staff Sgt. Dwyer’s third full-season in Continental Tire Challenge competition.

The three Freedom Autosport entries are among the 20 cars entered in the ST class for next weekend’s four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge, which opens the Continental Tire Challenge season.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John


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