Gallagher Earns Mazda Shootout Scholarship
IRVINE, Calif. – Patrick Gallagher had an impressive racing resume last week. Now he can add 2012 Mazda Club Racer Shootout winner to his list of accomplishments.
Gallagher will follow in the footsteps of Andrew Caddell, Brad Rampelberg, Justin Piscitell, Nick Evans, Scott Shelton, and Elliott Skeer, the six previous Mazda shootout winners.
He also joins the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Driver ladder, which includes the Mazda Road to Indy, program class of 2013.
The MAZDASPEED ladder has been a critical part of the success of up-and-coming racers including Raphael Matos, John Edwards, Conor Daly, Joel Miller, Matthew Brabham, Connor De Phillippi, Dane Cameron, Jack Hawksworth, Stevan McAleer, Jason Saini, Todd Lamb, Eric Foss, Michael Cooper, Trent Hindman, Danilo Estrella, Adam Christodoulou, Sage Karam, Spencer Pigot, Felix Serralles, Tristan Vautier, Petri Suvanto, Scott Anderson, and Yago Cesario
When told that he had won the shootout, a prize valued at $75,000, the richest in all of club racing, Gallagher was almost speechless
“I don’t quite know what to say, It is amazing to have this opportunity,” Gallagher said. “A huge thanks to everyone who helped me get to this point, Mazda, my parents, Howard Concrete Pumping, JAY Motorsports, CTL Engineering, and HKC Support. There is a reason there are more Mazda’s road raced on any given weekend than any other brand, they build the best cars in the world and I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of their family.”
The four shootout finalists were:
- Kenton Koch, Skip Barber Racing School MAZDASPEED Challenge Summer Series Champion
- Patrick Gallagher, SCCA Formula Enterprises Champion
- Bruce McNutt, Nova Scotia Spec Miata Champion
- Yiannis Tsiounis, NASA Spec Miata Champion
Charles Espenlaub, who has participated in the selection process in all six previous competitions, commented on the deliberation process.
“I am absolutely amazed with the incredible level of talent at the Mazda Club Racer Shootout,” Espenlaub said. “This competition this year was the closest ever. The judging process was extremely difficult and made for a virtual photo finish at the end. Congratulations to the competitors, a lot was learned, new friendships formed and the Mazda family gets a little bigger. Good luck to next year’s Mazda Club Racing Champions, but a word of advice. You better bring your A-game to this competition, only the best will do.”
For winning the shootout, Gallagher took home the following prizes:
- $50,000 for the running of his car for the season
- $10,000 in parts support
- A MAZDASPEED driving suit and helmet
- Professional media training (Courtesy of MAZDASPEED)
- BFGoodrich tires, one set per race (Courtesy of BFGoodrich Tires)
- 2013 entry fee waivers (Courtesy of SCCA Pro Racing)