FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Auckland, New Zealand
Mazda and MadMike Whiddett announce partnership in support of Whiddetts Motorsport program. "It is with great pride that I make this announcement, for me this is a natural partnership in the sense that Mazda has always been a passion of mine and a massive part of who I am and what got me to where I am today. This very announcement is one of my long time dreams becoming reality, it's a surreal feeling to be supported by an automotive manufacturer when you've dreamed about it for so long. This is a another first for professional level drifting in New Zealand and shows that the world is taking notice, which is great for the sport as a whole."
Glenn Harris, General Manager, Vehicle Sales & Marketing at Mazda New Zealand says not only are they very proud to be supporting an international champion and gifted athlete but equally to be preserving the essence of Mazda's brand spirit with it's exciting motorsport arena. "Sports cars are part of our DNA and still to this day our racing heritage shines through in our current vehicles, we cannot forget where we have come from and what makes Mazda unique. Mike is the full embodiment of the Mazda spirit." says Harris.
Toni Cook - The team manager at MadMike Motorsport says "We as a team are excited to be partnering with Mazda and working on the start of a larger plan and vision. For us, having access to genuine parts and the wealth of knowledge and support Mazda bring will greatly assist our Motorsport pursuits both here and internationally. For 'MadMike' fans this will mean they can breathe a sigh of relief as he is now firmly set in the heart and "challenger" spirit of the Mazda brand."
Mike is currently working on Project: RADBUL his 3rd addition to the stables which will be the first recipient of the Mazda program and is well underway by his highly motivated team. "Mazda are not only looking after us on track they have us equipped us with brand new vehicles a BT-50 Arashi Limited Edition and a Mazda6 Wagon which in a matter of days have received the 'MadMike' treatment. As part of the transformation the cars have undergone a new livery scheme that ties the MADBUL RX7, Arashi and Mazda6 together."
"Mazda runs a global magazine called Zoom-Zoom in which they run a segment called the 'Mazda Maniac' - well that's definitely me, and now officially too, watch for my feature coming soon!"
Founded in 1920 Mazda Motor Corporation (マツダ株式会社 Matsuda Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese automaker based in Fuchū, Aki District, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. More Mazdas are raced every week than any other car brand. Find out more at www.mazda.com
About 'MadMike' Whiddett
'MadMike' Whiddett is a professional drift driver from Auckland, New Zealand. Whiddett is one of the most recognized drivers internationally having competed in over 15 countries in 'MADBUL' a Naturally aspirated 4 rotor MAZDA FD RX7 and 'BADBUL' a 20B turbo MAZDA SP3 RX8. Whiddett also has 'RADBUL' a MAZDA MX5 / NC Miata in the build. For more information visit www.madmike.co.nz