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 the same 45 -minute race in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Kligerman has nearly 200 races in the top tier NASCAR series under his belt, including two Truck Series wins at the Talladega Superspeedway. The Stamford, Connecticut native has dived into the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series so far this year. He regularly drives No. 75 Food Country USA Chevrolet for Henderson Motorsports in the Truck Series and finished seventh in its most recent race at Sonoma Raceway.
“I’ve expressed interest in racing in this series for a while, because it looks so much fun,” Kligerman said. “It’s often the best race on the weekend wherever they go. The race is hugely competitive, and you always see passes that you never thought possible. A few times I tried my hand at the Spec Miata and I had of a complete explosion, so I’m eager to get on the wheel of the MX-5 Cup car. Many thanks to Mazda Motorsports for this opportunity. “
More than just a driver, Kligerman has also made a name for himself in sports broadcasting. He has been an NBC Sports pit lane reporter since 2015. In addition to NASCAR races, Kligerman is also regular on IMSA broadcasts. He hosts a weekly Motorsports show on the NBC YouTube Channel called ‘In The Wall with Parker Kligerman.’
“It’s a big thing for the Mazda MX-5 Cup to race on a 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 a car, he’s a recognizable figure for those. NASCAR fan, and he’s a media personality. Because he knows he’s a fan of the series, he made a brainless decision and we’re excited to see what he can do against our regular series. “
Kligerman will take on No. 75 entries presented by Thunder Bunny Racing. He will have two test sessions and two official training sessions to get used to the car. Race One will take place on Saturday, July 2 at 9:05 am CT. Race Two is scheduled for Sunday, July 3, at 9:05 am CT. Both races will be streamed live on RACER.com and IMSA.com/TVLive.