October 28th 2015 – HIGH TECH VERSUS HIGH SCHOOL: RACING FOR $100K PRIZE
Bay Area Racers Qualify For Mazda Road to 24 Shootout
Sonoma based TFB Performance announced that two of their racers qualified for the 2015 Mazda Road
to 24 Shootout. High school student Mason Filippi (Alamo, CA) and high-tech executive Mark Drennan
(San Jose, CA) are among the nine finalists. On November 8th-10th they will square off against each
other and seven other drivers at Carolina Motorsports Park for the single largest prize in grassroots
motorsports, a $100K Mazda Scholarship to compete in the 2016 Battery Tender MX-5 Cup professional
Filippi, a senior at Walnut Creek’s Berean Christian High School, races in the highly competitive Spec
Miata class and clinched the 2015 Teen Mazda Challenge – West Coast title. Drennan manages
recruiting organizations for Silicon Valley technology leaders and won the 2015 Spec Miata
championship at both the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) Western States Championships at
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the Eastern States Championships at Virginia International Raceway.
Their accomplishments earned them a place among 23 drivers nominated as semi-finalists for the
shootout. The nine finalists were selected after submitting a short video presentation and business
proposal detailing their racing goals, funding strategy, and cooperative marketing plans.
“I am so excited to compete in the Mazda Road to 24.” said Mason. “I am honored and thankful to
represent Mazda from the West Coast Teen Mazda Challenge. The shootout will be one of the best
opportunities in my life! I am looking forward to tackling the challenges Mazda has planned for me. I
“It’s taken many years of hard work to finally realize my goal of getting to the Mazda Road to 24
Shootout.” said Drennan. “I’m absolutely thrilled and thankful for the opportunity to prove to Mazda
that I am not only the fastest driver on track, but also their best partner off track.”
The racers will be tested on the track for their driving skills, and in the garage for their technical
understanding of the sport. The aspiring professional racer who wins the prize will have the best range
of skills required to succeed. These skills include speed, consistency, race craft, technical feedback and
off-track business, marketing and PR skills.
Drennan says about Filippi, “Mason’s an exceptionally talented driver and a super nice young man. I
enjoy spending time at the track with him and his parents who are close to my age. I’m really looking
forward to sharing what’s certain to be an amazing experience with him.”
“Mark is one of the best guys I know on the track and off, he is always kind and willing to help out up
and coming drivers. His talent is next level as shown in every race car he gets into. I am looking forward
to pursuing our racing careers together!” Filippi says about Drennan.
The Mazda Road to 24 is a Mazda Motorsports program that provides a series of scholarships supporting
drivers up a well-defined racing ladder to reach the ultimate level in sports car racing in North America.
From grassroots racing through professional categories such as the Global MX-5 Cup, the Continental
Tire SportsCar Challenge and the Cooper Tire Prototype Lites powered by Mazda, championship-winning
drivers earn scholarships all the way to potentially becoming a Mazda factory driver in the Prototype
category in the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (becomes the WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship in 2016).
There is a similar program for open wheel racers, the Mazda Road to Indy program which offers a
scholarship ladder supporting racers from karting all the way to the Indianapolis 500. This year, Mazda
will award more than $2,340,000 in scholarships to winning drivers in sports cars and open wheel
Additional information about the Mazda Road to 24 shootout, and 2016 MX-5 Cup race car, can be
found at www.mazdamotorsports.com Mazda Motorsports will be providing live social updates
from the Carolina Motorsports Park event on Twitter at @mazdaracing and with hashtag #MRT24.
Our front running driver Mark Drennan shows how to qualify Laguna Seca in the rain.
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