PWC TCA champ Fassnacht puts fun first
Matt Fassnacht made a decision.
In 2016, Fassnacht was splitting his time between Battery Tender Mazda Global MX-5 Cup and Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car A, racing two generations of Mazda MX-5 – the ex-MX-5 Cup third-generation car in PWC and the current car in MX-5 Cup. As the season went on, he discovered the intensity of spec racing wasn’t quite his cup of tea, so he decided to concentrate on World Challenge. He was rewarded with Rookie of the Year in 2016.
In 2017, Fassnacht was faced with another decision. PWC approved the fourth-generation Mazda Global MX-5 Cup car for TCA. He showed up for the first weekend with both cars in the S.A.C. Racing hauler, but after testing decided the newer car was the one to have. He won both races at VIRginia International Raceway in April, and even though that’s where his win streak stopped, he was never challenged in the championship after that – beating teammate and defending champion Elivan Goulart to claim the TCA title.
“I was a man possessed at VIR,” Fassnacht says. “I had never been there before this year … [but before the PWC race] I went there for a regional race and ran a two-hour enduro all by myself. I spent a tremendous amount of time preparing for that race on the simulator.”
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