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Cicero Added to McCumbee McAleer Racing Lineup

18-year-old Mazda MX-5 Cup graduate latest addition to Mustang Challenge field…

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McCumbee McAleer Racing has announced the addition of Nate Cicero to its lineup for the upcoming inaugural season of the IMSA-sanctioned Mustang Challenge series, which kicks off at Mid-Ohio next month.

The 18-year-old Mazda MX-5 graduate joins the previously announced Jeremy Fletcher and Zach Lee in the team, each piloting Ford Mustang Dark Horse Rs in the new-for-2024 one-make series.

“I’m super excited to be joining MMR in Mustang Challenge this season,” Cicero said.

“I’ve been with this team for the last two years and we’ve already had great success in the Mazda MX-5 Cup, so I’m looking forward to building on that along with the challenge of learning a new car.

“With MMR’s dedication to building the best program possible and with our strong driver line up, I believe we can challenge for the top spots this season! Huge thanks to Stevan, Chad, Stuart, and all of MMR for all of their support.”

Team co-owner Chad McCumbee added: “Nate has already shown so much growth and potential in a short time aboard our MX-5 Cup program. I am thrilled to have him join Zach and Jeremy in the Mustang Challenge inaugural season. More success ahead, no doubt.”

“I’m very excited to see Nate join our Mustang Challenge series team,” added team co-owner Stevan McAleer. “Heavier car than the Mazda Mx5-Cup he is used to, different driving style, tire degradation and manual gearbox.

“I however think it will suit his driving style very well and he will be up front from the get go.

“This is extra special for me because Nate and his sister Gia started with McAleer karting team and he has been under my wing since the very beginning so it’s incredible to see him in the IMSA paddock and fighting for wins and championships which he will do in the Mustang series.”

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

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