BERG RACING TEAM

Former Formula One driver, Hall of Fame honoree, and well-known racing school owner Allen Berg and his son, SMX racing champion Alex, operate a motorsport competition service named Berg Racing, offering full driver support in the highly-competitive 2024 Mazda MX5 Spec Series.

This year’s roster of MX5 events series events will see Berg Racing being on-site and participating at more than 20 racetracks across the country and a season that runs from January 3rd to November 29.

This service offers complete racing packages that include

  • Arrive & Drive Racing
  • Expert race car preparation and alignment
  • Full test and race support
  • High-level driver coaching
  • New car builds
  • Racecar rentals
  • At-track technical assistance
  • Racecar repairs
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With 45+ years of experience at all levels of motorsport, Berg senior, who has taught over 10,000 students since he opened his first driving school in 2006, understands the plight of young drivers who need racing experience that’s consistent and accurate, and who can greatly benefit from having first-rate equipment and support available to them early on.

“Fighting your way into professional racing with sometimes sub-par equipment and poor track support is something that a lot of us have done.” Allen Berg explained, “Having the right tools from the start really makes a difference in driver growth and results. Our mission is to provide our drivers with safe, competitive and pristine racecars combined with comprehensive professional support."

Races and Championships are won from the workshop. BERG RACING provides its drivers with the best equipment and support available in the MX5 paddock.

BERG RACING is composed of a tightly knit group of dedicated professionals. We all share the same goal - WINNING by way of preparation, integrity, dedication, persistence, attention to detail, and sportsmanship.

When you join BERG RACING, you become a part of our family.

"It's fantastic to see another professional outfit join the Spec MX-5 field for 2024,” noted Justin Cornelison – Spec MX-5 Series Manager. “Allen's wealth of top-tier motorsport expertise, coupled with his son Alex's impressive track record as a formidable contender in SMX over the past few years, surely enhances the overall competitive landscape. Berg Racing's dedication to a nationwide, multicar initiative undoubtedly highlights the elevated club racing experience on offer within Spec MX-5.

Helping develop drivers towards success in all levels of motorsports

Our Team

Berg Racing is composed of a tightly knit group of dedicated professionals. We all share the same goal - WINNING by way of preparation, integrity, dedication, persistence, attention to detail, and sportsmanship. Berg Racing doesn’t just give you what you need to succeed, but we are here to make you feel part of the family. We provide the full package to help you become the best, most well rounded driver you can possibly be, to achieve your full potential, both on and off the track.

Allen Berg

Owner

Allen Berg With a career spanning almost 5 decades, Allen has been involved in all aspects of Motorsport as a driver, team owner, coach, instructor, mentor, father of an aspiring racing driver, and business owner. 

ALEX BERG

Son of Allen, at 17 years old, Alex was born during the formative years of Allen Berg Racing Schools. As winner of the inaugural Mazda Karts to Cars shootout, numerous national level victories, and championships at circuits across the USA, Alex is versatile in all racing categories and has twice represented Canada on the world stage. Alex holds test driving roles for 2 racecar manufacturers with proficiency in the technical elements of motorsports, Alex is an ABRS instructor and is naturally Berg Racing driver coach. More information on Alex and his racing endeavors can be found here: Alexander Berg Car Racer (alexbergracing.com)

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Nick Moore - Technical Manager

Long time friend of the Berg family, Nick supported Alex Berg’s Mazda racing endeavors throughout the 2022 season, dominating the Mazda Spec MX-5 series with 6 wins, winning the Southeast Region Championship as well as 3rd in the National Championship. Nick has been with Berg Racing since its conception. Nick provides a wide range of experience, which includes 5 years restoring and rebuilding vintage Porsche racecars, working under a 3 time SCCA runoffs winner. He also spent 5 years in Radical Cup, IMSA (GT4 & MX-5 Cup), and Spec MX-5. He uses his skills to provide the safest and fastest cars from one weekend to the next by developing the cars alongside the drivers. 

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Brad Erickson - Operations Manager

Brad Erickson, Berg Family friend, has a background in investigation and training. Brad’s journey into Motorsports began when he was given several opportunities to assist Allen with his racing school and race team. During this time, Brad had the opportunity to observe, experience, and learn different aspects of the school and team operations. In December of 2023, Brad was officially brought on board to help with various organizational and management aspects of Berg Racing. Brad believes strongly in both teamwork and innovation. Using these principles, Brad hopes to help Berg Racing become one of the most competitive and respected teams in motorsports.

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Michael Griffin

With a combined 20 years of racing knowledge and experience, Mike is the newest addition to the Berg Racing Team.

Mike started his racing mechanic career with motorcycles as a team mechanic for various teams, with several CCS championships, ASRA ,WERA and worked for various AMA super sport teams.

Mike then transitioned to automotive racing and has been involved in the last 8 years in the building, set up and support of many race cars in NASA spec E30 and spec Miata class, BMW CCA, SCCA Prototypes, Radicals and prior Formula 4 work.

Mike, also enjoys spending his free time with his family and rebuilding classic hot rods and motorcycles. When he's not traveling with Berg Racing around the country. Mike is a stickler for always making sure that his cars are always the safest, fastest and the cleanest that they can be and is continuously communicating with the drivers.

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Robin Ferguson - Administrative Manager

Robin Ferguson has worked with ABRS since the commencement of its US operations in 2012 and plays a vital role in the Administration of both ABRS and Berg Racing. Robin brings a wealth of business administration experience which is unique in the motorsport world. Robin is always sure that things get done, in a fast, safe and efficient manner.

2024 DRIVERS

Based in Georgia, our team specializes in Mazda Spec MX-5 Championship.

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Adam Gonzalez, Snowhomish, WA

Adam Gonzalez began road racing and later joined Winding Road Racing during the first years of the Mazda Spec MX-5 series, scoring a 3rd place season championship in Mazda’s inaugural year of the series.  Adam also brings another dimension of racing experience to our team as an off-road racing champion.  Racing both trucks and buggies in the deserts of Nevada, California, and the Mexico Baja Peninsula, he is both a S.N.O.R.E and M.O.R.E pro Class 10 offroad champion.  A “family affair”, Adam’s wife Emily Gonzalez is also a S.N.O.R.E pro Class 7200 champion and they are often found driving/co-driving together representing both the Gonzalez Racing and Chuco Racing teams.  More than a Power-Couple, these two are definitely a Horsepower-Couple!

Harbir dass, salon, oh

Harbir Dass, Salon, OH

Harbir’s racing experience began in 2019 when he was 14 years old and started racing go-karts at his local track in Thompson, Ohio. His karting journey over the years has included the Thompson Kart Raceway series, Buckeye Karting Challenge series in Ohio, and the Stars Championships series, with multiple podiums and wins, as well as Route 66 Sprint and Daytona Manufacturer’s Cup races. His need for speed led him to attend a racing school and obtain his SCCA minor racing license before his driver’s license.

He attended additional racing school programs and has also participated in F4 test days. He began racing in the Spec MX-5 and STL classes late in the 2023 season, where he had his first win in the STL class at a regional race at Sebring and also placed 6th in Spec MX-5. He is looking forward to the challenge of the 2024 season.

Harbir is in his freshman year at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is studying mechanical engineering to learn how to make things go faster. He works on his first-generation Miata project car in his free time.

Ricardo arruda, westlake, ca

Ricardo Arruda, Westlake, CA

Ricardo’s track experience started back in 2003, and he has been actively racing in both karts and cars for the past 12 years.

Ricardo has participated in several regional and national championships, scoring podiums and wins. Some highlights include a 1st place finish in his first-ever ProKart race in 2019 and a vice-championship in the SKUSA PKC in that same year. A P5 at his first ‘ROK the Rio’ kart race was another significant accomplishment.

Ricardo has diverse experience in multiple platforms, including Formula Mazda, participating in some races in the Formula Car Challenge over a 3-year period. Ricardo started racing in the MX-5 Challenge back in 2019 and had his greatest moments of racing in the 2020 MX5 Challenge season; his highlight was at his home track, Laguna Seca, where Ricardo set the fastest lap, finishing P3 overall and P2 in the National Championship competing in a very competitive field. In 2021, Ricardo had 3 front row starts.

After a break in racing since August of 2022, Ricardo is ready to get back in the car for the 2024 Spec MX-5 season.

ABOUT MAZDA SPEC MX-5 CHAMPIONSHIP

Spec MX-5 started in 2018 as a standalone grassroots championship series, and entering its seventh season in 2024. Spec MX-5 was recently adopted by the SCCA to become a National Championship eligible road racing class within the United States’ largest club racing organization. Spec MX5 is also classified to race with NASA for club racing as part of existing classes.

Spec MX-5 offers a path for both entry-level and experienced club racers to compete as either a destination class or gateway to professional racing.

The Spec MX-5 race car, a creation of Mazda Motorsports, is based on the NC-generation (2006-2015) Mazda MX-5. Spec MX5 championship is a tightly controlled spec series based on a cost-effective high-performance racecar.

The Spec MX-5 race car uses the renowned Mazda MZR engine, with a Roush CNC cylinder head and Mahle pistons (all forged internals). This provides an affordable, tightly controlled & reliable engine package. With a racing weight of 2525 lb., Spec MX-5 fits nicely in several club racing classes, specifically SCCA SMX, STL, and NASA ST5, and many endurance classes.

With its race suspension, including Penske single-adjustable shocks, Eibach springs, and the Toyo RR race tires used in the series, Spec MX-5 cars are significantly faster than Spec Miatas and T4 NC racers and just slightly slower than ND2 MX-5 Cup cars.

Mazda Motorsport provides un-matched factory technical support; they also provide racers with a very generous contingency program with over $80,000 prize fund, a $30,000 scholarship issued to the 2024 Champion, as well as on-site factory support at all 2024 SCCA Supertour race events.

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2024 Race Schedule

Dates Track Series
January 3 – 5 Homestead Miami Speedway SCCA Majors
January 11 – 14 Sebring International Speedway
SCCA Supertour
February 16 – 18 New Orleans Motorsports Park
SCCA Supertour
February 23 – 25 Buttonwillow Raceway Park CA
SCCA Supertour
March 8 – 10 Road Atlanta
SCCA Supertour
April 5 – 7 Virginia International Raceway
SCCA Supertour
April 26 – 27 Atlanta Motorsports Park NASA
May 17 – 19 Mid Ohio Sports Car Course
SCCA Supertour
May 24 – 25 Carolina Motosports Park SCCA Majors
May 31 – June 2 Watkins Glen International Raceway
SCCA Supertour
June 21 – 23 Road America WI
SCCA Supertour
July 5 – 7 Roebling Road GA SCCA Majors
July 19 – 21 Road Atlanta SCCA Majors
August 2 – 4 Daytona International Speedway SCCA Majors
August 23 – 25 Road America SCCA Majors
August 29 – Sept 1 Sebring International Raceway SCCA Majors
September 20 – 22 Daytona International Speedway SCCA Majors
September 28 – October 6 Road America WI
SCCA Runoffs / National Championship
October 11 – 13 Roebling Road GA SCCA Majors
October 24 – 27 Sebring International Raceway SCCA Majors
November 1 – 3 Road Atlanta SCCA Majors
November 29 – October 1 Sebring International Raceway SCCA Majors
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MAZDA MOTORSPORTS

As a world leader in supporting grassroots motorsports, Mazda Motorsports continues as a leader of grassroots racing with the unprecedented promotion of the Spec MX-5 Championship. As part of Mazda’s ongoing support of young racers, Mazda Motorsports operates 2 annual shootout competitions:

  1. Karts to Cars shootout: Selected National level kart racers are invited to participate in an annual competition in which 2 drivers are selected to compete in a fully funded ride of the Mazda Spec MX-5 series with the Mazda Factory Team.
  2. Mazda MX5 Shootout: Selected Mazda series competitors are invited to participate in an annual competition shootout where 3 drivers will win Mazda sponsorship for a combined value of $260,000.