Kligerman to join the MX-5 Cup stadium at Road America

When the Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires makes its debut on the NASCAR stage at Road America next weekend, there will be a special eligible rookie above the entry list. Truck Series driver Parker Kligerman will join the grid in two 45-minute races in Lake Elkhart, Wisconsin.

Kligerman has nearly 200 Series I NASCAR races under his belt, including two Truck Series wins at the Talladega Superspeedway. The Stamford, Connecticut native has already raced the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series so far this year. He regularly drives the #75 Chevrolet USA foodie in Henderson Motors Truck Series, and finished seventh in his most recent race at the Sonoma Racetrack.

“I’ve expressed a desire to race this series for a while now, because it looks so much fun,” Kligerman said. “These are often the best race weekends wherever they go. The race is very competitive, and you constantly see passes you didn’t think were possible. I’ve tried my hand at the Spec Miata a few times and had an absolute blast, so I’m eager to get behind the wheel of an MX -5 Cup. Thank you very much to Mazda Motorsports for this opportunity.”

More than just a driver, Kligerman has made a name for himself in sports broadcasting as well. He has been the NBC Sports pit lane reporter since 2015. In addition to the NASCAR races, Kligerman is also a regular on IMSA’s broadcasts. He hosts a weekly Motorports show on NBC’s YouTube channel, “In The Wall with Parker Kligerman.”

“It’s a big deal for the Mazda MX-5 Cup to be racing this NASCAR Cup weekend,” said Mazda Motorsports Program Manager Jonathan Applegate. “We wanted to make the most of this opportunity in front of a new fan base by putting a guest driver in a car. Parker is the perfect fit. He’s more than qualified to drive, he’s a well-known figure for NASCAR fans, and he’s a media personality. Knowing he’s a fan of the series, he made the decision. A no-brainer and we’re excited to see what he can do against our series regulars.”

Kligerman will drive the 75th entrance posted by Thunder Bunny Racing. He will have two test sessions and two formal training sessions to get acclimated to the vehicle. The first race takes place on Saturday, July 2 at 9:05 a.m. Central Time. The second race is scheduled to start on Sunday 3 July at 9:05 AM Cairo time as well. Both races will be broadcast live on RACER.com and IMSA.com/TVLive.

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