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.
The start to the MX-5 Cup title defense has gotten off to an up-and-down start for Gresham Wagner and Spark Performance. Beginning with a crash in Qualifying at the season opener to a fortunate win at Mid-Ohio, Wagner’s 2022 MX-5 Cup season has seen successes and rocky moments that leave him 3rd in the Driver’s Championship after 6 Rounds.
After winning the Driver’s and Team’s Championship in the 2021 IMSA Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup, Gresham Wagner and Spark Performance will return to the series to defend their titles in 2022.