Tired of only being able to race on video games or think you have what it takes to transfer your skills to a real race track? A raffle hosted by Lemons of Love, a racer-owned non-profit that supports chemo patients, may give you the chance to do just that come March 16, when it announces the winner of a brand-spanking-new 2019 Mazda MX-5 Cup race car.
This sweet little racer is based on the newest version of the Mazda MX-5, the ND2, which means it rocks the enhanced 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine that pumps out 181 horsepower. Combine that with a serious diet, the removal of electronic nannies, the addition of a roll-cage, and basically stiffer or stronger everything else, and the result is a big-boy race car capable of tackling the country's most famed racing circuits in the Global MX-5 Cup. But what about race entry fees? Don't worry, those are covered for the whole season, too.
If you want to get a piece of this awesomeness pie, all you have to do is visit Lemons of Love and drop $100 on a raffle ticket. Now, I know that a hondo isn't exactly pocket change, but let me remind you that an MX-5 Cup race car costs $68,000 brand new and that doesn't even include all the other goodies Lemons of Love and its sponsors are throwing in for the raffle winner. The best part? The more tickets you buy the more chances you have of Mazda Motorsports boss John Doonan drawing your name the morning of the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 16.
The winner will take home the MX-5 Cup race car plus the following:
- FAST Cooling system
- One season of entry fees to the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich
- Battery Tender battery charger
- One set of BFGoodrich tires
- Sparco Circuit 2 Halo racing seat
- Simpson racing belts
- Safecraft racing belts
- Bell Racing Pro Series helmet
- PAGID brake pads
- ROUX helmet bag and backpack
- CarbonX Fire Rated underwear
- One entry to a 24 Hours of Lemons race
- One-year Autoweek subscription
- One-year Grassroots Motorsports Magazine subscription
Lemons of Love is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that creates, fills, and delivers chemo care packages. We know about the little, day-to-day challenges that chemotherapy patients are faced with, and the racer-owned charity hopes to provide some insight about the effects of chemotherapy and make those short-term side effects, like dry skin and cold toes, a little more manageable through the gift of a care package.
The 2018 Lemons of Love raffle was won by Daniel Miller, a member of the United States Air Force who was deployed in the Middle East when Doonan drew his winning ticket the morning of the 2018 12 Hours of Sebring. Once he found out, Miller told Lemons of Love founder Jill Swanson Peltier that he donated to the charity because his mother is also a cancer survivor.