This past weekend was rounds 5 and 6 of the Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Series at Road America during the IndyCar event. It wasn’t just another MX-5 event for me: it was very special to me personally, because the race was named The Alana Long 100 as a tribute to my mom.
It was so touching and so humbling that Mazda and the series wanted to honor my mom by naming the race after her. The series was very special to her because she was such an integral part of Long Road Racing, who produces the Global MX-5 Cup cars, so it was a fitting tribute.
Lemons of Love hosted a tribute lunch to honor my mom, too, and to promote their charity that creates care packages for cancer patients in the hospital. You can learn more about Lemons of Love and all the great work they do here.
It was also a very significant weekend because it was the first time that my dad Glenn had been back to the race track in a year and a half. That made it all the more special. This weekend, it was clearly apparent that the motorsports community is a very tight-knit and special group that I really do consider family.
Despite a foreboding forecast, the entire weekend was absolutely gorgeous summer-in-Wisconsin weather. I’m sure somebody had something to do with that. We were all treated to some exciting MX-5 Cup racing, albeit at times a little too exciting (especially when you’re a Steward in race control!).
This series is back in action next month at Mid-Ohio, which leads into the second half of the season. In the meantime, I’ll be with my IMSA family this weekend at Watkins Glen.