In Race 1 of the Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup at St. Petersburg, Gresham Wagner earned his first win of 2023 after a race-long battle with Connor Zilisch.
Opening the 2023 Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup Championship at Daytona, Gresham Wagner and Spark Performance brought home two Top 5 finishes from the event, with a third place finish in Race 2.
First pairing up for the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Cup championship, Gresham Wagner and Spark Performance have remained a formidable duo in the series. In their second year together, as a one-car team, Wagner earned the 2021 Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup Drivers’ Championship, and also brought Spark Performance the Teams’ Championship. Coming up short in their title defense in 2022, the driver-team pairing will remain together and contest another season of MX-5 Cup in 2023.
Entering the season finale at Road Atlanta with a shot at defending his 2021 MX-5 Cup championship, a mechanical DNF in Race 1 relegated Wagner to 3rd in the standings. In Race 2, Wagner rebounded to finish 2nd to end the season, narrowly missing out on the win.
The penultimate event of the 2022 MX-5 Cup series was held at VIRginia International Raceway, and yielded a pair of podium finishes (2nd and 3rd) for Gresham Wagner and the Spark Performance team.
Entering Road America adrift in the MX-5 Cup points standings after a tough event at Watkins Glen, a pair of 3rd and 4th place finishes, with trouble for some rivals, helped bolster Wagner’s efforts to defend his 2021 championship.