Remember Philippine Touring Car Championship titleholder Edwin Rodriguez--the guy who used his Mazda 2 race car last year to pay tribute to Enzo Pastor during the "Beat Michele Bumgarner" event at the SM Mall of Asia open grounds? Well, his hard work and dedication to local motorsports have paid off.
Mazda Philippines (aka Berjaya Auto Philippines) is throwing its full support behind Rodriguez for the 2015 season of the Philippine GT and the PTCC, providing him with the all-new model of his favorite race car. The affable Filipino race car driver is competing in Division 3 (100hp class) of said race series, and he will drive a race-prepped new-generation Mazda 2 Skyactiv hatchback.
"Mazda has always been about the thrill of driving, and our support of Philippine motorsports allows us to communicate our passion more effectively," says Mazda Philippines president and CEO Steven Tan. "We found in Edwin that pure desire to compete even when the odds are stacked against him as we saw last year when he drove the outgoing Mazda 2 to the championship. This year, timed with the release of the all-new Skyactiv 2, we believe Edwin can challenge with more confidence and consistency for the overall touring car championship."
"I really feel blessed to have such good people behind me," Rodriguez declares. "Finally, after so many years, a car manufacturer is again supporting a local racer. It was just my wish that someday a car manufacturer would be backing my racing career. With the support of Mazda and with a great new race car for the 2015 season, my wish has come true. A big, big thanks to Steven and Mazda Philippines for the trust and confidence in me and my team."
We have a feeling Edwin will turn a lot of heads on the track.