Pro podium! Koskinen, Kicera shine in MX-5 Cup debut
What a Labor Day weekend! Hotshoes Matt Koskinen and Tyler Kicera took their first shots at the Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup Series – and proved not only that they belong in the pro series, but that they belong up front!
The races were run in support of the IndyCar series at Watkins Glen, so the entire weekend had a festival atmosphere. Driving a pair of Flatout Motorports-prepped 2017 Mazda MX-5s, both drivers ramped up quickly – even though others in the series were far more familiar with the spec cars.
Matt notched a top ten finish in the morning race, and was on his way to another in the afternoon until debris from a wreck ruined his windshield.
For his part, Kicera ran up front all weekend. He was top three early in the morning race, but an (unjust!) drive-through penalty pushed him back. He made up for it later on, though – Tyler went at it hammer and tongs all race long, and was actually leading on the last lap. He ended up a very close second.
Nick Leverone, Adam Desrosiers, and Dave Goulet crewed, with help from Dan Spangler. A job well done!
We’re incredibly excited about 2018, when Matt and Tyler plan to campaign the entire series.
Let’s close with a great vlog from Kicera, including some of the best in-car footage you’ll ever see: