Monday, August 21, 2017

Mazda Announces "$75k To Win Challenge" Race For October at Mazda Raceway!

Our friends at Mazda Motorsports have just announced an encore performance of the 2017 Global MX-5 Cup series. They will host a 2 race event on the weekend of October 12-15 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The races will be run like typical MX-5 Cup events, with the same rules and 45 minute races.
Open To All Licensed Road Racers
The race weekend is open to all properly licensed drivers (you'll need to apply for an IndyCar license, a straightforward process). Mazda specifically welcomes drivers from other series and sanctioning bodies, not just current MX-5 series participants. This is a great opportunity to try MX-5 Cup racing with an eye toward the 2018 season.
Big Prize Money
Mazda puts its money where its mouth is, so they have set up a $110,000 single-event prize fund, with $75,000 going to the points winner of the combined race weekend. Second place in points earns $25,000 and third gets $10,000.
SAMPSON Racing Communications has extensive experience at Mazda Raceway and the MX-5 cup cars. The owner Shawn Sampson has raced them for years and SRC is the authorized communication company for MRLS. 

2017 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup $75K To Win Challenge Announced
- Second Annual Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Post-Season Event Offers $110,000 Total Prize Pool -

IRVINE, Calif. (August 1, 2017) – Mazda Motorsports today announced open registration for the 2017 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Challenge featuring a $110,000 prize pool, with $75,000 going to the overall winner. The two-race, total points event will be hosted at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on October 12-15. Registration is now open at to all racecar drivers around the world, excluding Mazda Motorsports’ factory drivers.

Previously known as the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Invitational, this high-stakes challenge met success in its inaugural race last year, with 19 racers from the U.S., Japan, Australia, the U.K., Sweden, Poland, Germany and Switzerland competing. It was the first time in the history of professional MX-5 racing that Mazda Motorsports had organized a truly international race for some of sport’s best up-and-coming drivers.

“Mazda MX-5 racing is known to be intense, from grassroots to professional levels,” said David Cook, business development manager, Mazda Motorsports. “The Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires is our signature spec sports car series within the U.S. It is our intention to make the Global MX-5 Cup Challenge the pinnacle of spec sports car racing in the world. Last year, our focus was to get this event off the ground and to showcase our brand-new car to racers and media beyond the U.S. Now, it’s about showing everyone what the top racers in the world can do in our Global MX-5 Cup car."

Having delivered almost 150 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup cars, there will be ample opportunities for drivers to find or rent a seat to compete for the $75,000 first prize and get a head start on their 2018 season. Racers will need to have an IndyCar license to compete, as it is the sanctioning body of MX-5 Cup.

First: $75,000
Second: $25,000
Third: $10,000
    Two 45-minute races with points awarded.
    Races will be run to the same sporting and technical regulations as regular season MX-5 Cup races.
      Eligibility requirements:
      Interested racers must apply for, and receive approval for, an IndyCar-issued MX-5 Cup license to compete. All Mazda teams are eligible to enter.
      Complete details are posted at
        About the 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Invitational:
        Nathanial “Sparky” Sparks added the title of Global Invitational Champion to his racing resume after having just been crowned the 2016 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires champion.

        About MX-5 Cup:
        The MX-5 Cup racecars start as complete MX-5 Miata road cars from the Mazda Hiroshima, Japan, factory before being transported to engineering development partner Long Road Racing in Statesville, North Carolina, where they are converted into a racecar. The process includes disassembly of the production car, welding and paint of a full roll cage and interior and assembly of the racecar, adding more than 250 motorsports-specific parts. Other components of the car, including the Mazda SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine are sealed to ensure even competition and a cost-effective platform.

        The Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires is the signature spec series for the Mazda Road to 24 (#MRT24), the sports car counterpart to the Mazda Road to Indy (#MRTI). On both paths, Mazda-powered champions earn a Mazda scholarship to advance their career. The MX-5 Cup champion earns a $200,000 scholarship.

        Information on the car is online at

        About Mazda Motorsports:
        Mazda Motorsports boasts the most comprehensive auto racing development ladder system of any auto manufacturer in the world. The Mazda Road to 24 program offers a number of scholarships to advance drivers up the sports car racing ladder, beginning with the Global MX-5 Cup series and culminating with the Mazda Prototype team. The Mazda Road to Indy is a similar program that includes Mazda-powered categories of USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights. In grassroots road racing, more Mazdas race on any given weekend in North America than any other manufacturer. Mazda is also the title sponsor of the renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. Follow all of the latest news at, @MazdaRacing on Twitter, and MazdaMotorsports on Instagram and Facebook.

        Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, California, and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 600 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at

        Follow MNAO’s social media channels through Twitter and Instagram at @MazdaUSA and Facebook at

        Tuesday, August 15, 2017

        2017 SCCA National Championship Runoffs Official Contingency Program

        SAMPSON Racing Communications will be on hand at the 2017 SCCA Runoffs. This years event will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With over 1000 cars and teams registered this years event will be sure to offer some fantastic Championship racing.

        SRC will be offering tech support along with sponsoring a few cars out of the GP Garages starting on Monday the 25th of Sept.

        SAMPSON will be awarding cash prizes for positions finishing in 1st, 4th, 8th and 12th during the championship event. Drivers/teams must be a SRC customer and use SRC Products during the event. More info can be found at the SCCA site under Championship Sponsors.

        Wednesday, June 28, 2017

        July Special on Digital Crew Racing Radios and Headset Package!

        Now through the end of July (while supplies last). This is a fantastic special use ( 4thofjulycrew ) as your discount code. This radio can also be programmed to analog freq.

        Wednesday, April 19, 2017

        Crew Headset with Bluetooth and Duplex Intercom

        SAMPSON has done it again! Now you can have it all in one headset- 

        2017 NEW H0501+BT HEADSET

        • Over-The-Head or Behind-The-Head headset design
        • 24dB hearing protection
        • Complete noise cancelling M201 mic
        • 2-way radio communication ready (1 or 2 radios)
        • Scanner jack
        • 4 place full duplex intercom system integrated (up to 4 headsets at the same time)
        • Cell phone Bluetooth connection (sync phone and music)

        Tuesday, November 24, 2015


        From now until the end of the year, customers will receive FREE shipping on all orders over $500!
        Take advantage of this saving and order that Racing Package you have been wanting for Christmas, or get that gift for someone you know would love to have one.

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        Wednesday, November 11, 2015

        Stilo Helmets for 2016

        SAMPSON Racing Radios-
        2015 Stilo Helmets are back in stock and ready to ship.

        Free helmet kit install with any helmet and helmet kit system purchased from SRC-

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        Cheers, SRC - SAMPSON Racing Radios

        Monday, November 2, 2015

        SAMPSON- Why use digital radio

        Digital radio has major advantages for motor racing team use, the inherent noise cancelling of digital systems combined with our noise cancelling technology provides much clearer and higher quality communication in high noise environments than analogue radio. 100% radio Communications at all time.The rejection of interference from other users and the ability of a 2 car team to use one radio channel and one repeater*  avoiding the need for scanning radio channels previously used in analogue systems which introduced delays and partly lost communications.

        The Digital system also offers Digital, Analogue or mixed digital /analogue modes making it ideal for migration from analogue to digital by using your existing analogue pit radios.
        All this helps provide a more flexible and usable solution to every teams communication needs.

        Key Benefits:

        Single repeater has 2 channels...2 conversations can take place on one radio channel at once, ideal for 2 car teams. *

        Car and Pit calls can be monitored without scanning...No more lost first words from slow scanning.
        Secure, digital conversations...No more eavesdropping.
        Clear, crisp, digital conversation...Consistent voice quality and volume.
        Inherent digital noise cancelling... Ideal for high noise applications. Complete control over back ground noise.
        Analogue Mode...Existing analogue equipment can be integrated into system.

        Immunity to interference.
        Digital radio is far less likely to be affected by pit lane interference.