Mid Ohio Mx 5 Cup Race 1 05152021

Rollan Wins Mazda MX-5 Cup Weekend Opener

Selin Rollan completed a daring outside pass on Sam Paley in the sweeping Turn 2 at Mid-Ohio to take the lead and go on to win the first race of the Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires weekend doubleheader. It marks Rollan’s third win in seven races.

Starting fourth, Rollan (No. 87 Hixon Motor Sports) patiently worked his way toward the front before putting the winning move on series rookie Paley (No. 28 McCumbee McAleer Racing) in the Keyhole with 13 minutes left in the 45-minute race. Rollan edged away to win by 1.552 seconds over Paley, who finished second for the third time this season.

Paley’s teammate, Justin Piscitell (No. 89 McCumbee McAleer Racing) finished a season-best third. Championship leader Michael Carter (No. 08 Carter Racing Enterprises) finished sixth in the 25-car field.

The second MX-5 Cup race of the weekend starts at 11:45 a.m. ET Sunday and streams live on IMSA.com.