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Mazda dealership brings racecar drivers to Tyler

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TYLER (KYTX)- Get your engines ready because the C.J. Wilson racing team is here in Tyler.

Velocity Mazda brought the team to town as part of its grand opening event.

Tire changes, driver switches and lots of speed represent race car driving.

The Mazda driven by the C.J. Wilson racing team has all that and more.

"Mazda makes a great product and we race against BMW, porches, Honda and we do pretty well. We went in leading points this past weekend with our Mazda and the MX5 is fast everywhere we go," says Race Car Driver Chad McCumbee.

The Velocity Mazda dealership has added 15 jobs to the Tyler economy and plans to hire more people next year.

The cars on the showroom floor are the same cars that race car drivers are driving.

"It's really neat, you get to see what the brands have. It's truly a race on Sunday, sell on Monday type deal," says Velocity Mazda Owner Camden Jones.

Velocity brought the professional drivers out so customers can see the strong similarities between what you see on the road and on the track.

"The saying is that the soul of every Mazda is a sports car so we just wanted to introduce that and show that and introduce that to the people of Tyler," says Jones.

Along with meeting the drivers and seeing the cars, visitors to the dealership actually get in the cars and practice driver changes.

"I just think it's important that we show people what Mazda really has to offer. That it's not just another car brand that's floating around out there. That they genuinely love cars, they genuinely love motor sports," says Jones.

Velocity Mazda will be breaking ground in South Tyler with one of the first new design dealerships in North America by the end of this year.
 
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