Kligerman will join the MX-5 Cup field at Road America

When the Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires debuts on the NASCAR stage at Road America next weekend, there will be a special, overqualified rookie on the entry list. Truck Series driver Parker Kligerman will join the grid for both 45-minute races at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Kligerman has nearly 200 races in the top-tier NASCAR series under his belt, including two Truck Series victories at Talladega Superspeedway. The Stamford, Connecticut native has already competed in the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series so far this year. He regularly drives the No. 75 Food Country USA Chevrolet for Henderson Motorsports in the Truck Series and finished seventh in his last race at Sonoma Raceway.

“I’ve expressed interest in running this series for a while now, because it looks so much fun,” Kligerman said. “They are often the best races of the weekend wherever they go. The race is extremely competitive and you constantly see overtaking that you didn’t think was possible. I’ve tried the Spec Miata a few times and really had a blast, so I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the MX-5 Cup car. Many thanks to Mazda Motorsports for this opportunity.

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

“It’s a big deal for the Mazda MX-5 Cup to race on a NASCAR Cup weekend,” said Jonathan Applegate, Mazda Motorsports program manager. “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 ideal solution; he’s more than qualified to drive the car, he’s a recognizable figure to NASCAR fans, and he’s a media personality. Knowing he’s a fan of the show, the decision was a no-brainer and we’re excited to see what he can do against our series regulars.

Kligerman will drive the No. 75 entry fielded by Thunder Bunny Racing. He will have two practice sessions and two official practice sessions to acclimatize to the car. The first race will take place on Saturday, July 2 at 9:05 a.m. CT. Race two is scheduled for Sunday, July 3, also at 9:05 a.m. CT. Both races will be streamed live on RACER.com and IMSA.com/TVLive.

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