Mazda MX-5 Miata Winner!
A resident of Cape Canaveral, Fla., already a fan of the Mazda MX-5 Miata, was the winner of the MX-5 offered in 2016 as a raffle car by the International Motor Racing Research Center.
Lynne Mountcastle’s ticket was drawn on Dec. 10 by Rebekah Carroll, president of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce. The drawing preceded a Center Conversations talk at the IMRRC about the Ford GT40.
As the winner, Mountcastle now gets to select the color of the MX-5 that will be delivered to her by Mazda North American Operations.
“With its extremely generous donation of an MX-5 for the raffle, Mazda North American Operations laid the foundation for a successful fundraiser for the Center. We’re grateful to Mazda and are especially grateful to those who purchased tickets,” said Tom Weidemann, IMRRC executive director.
“The car raffle is essential to supporting our work of preserving and sharing the history of motorsports,” he said.
Weidemann had the honor of notifying Mountcastle of her good fortune.
“We were kind of stunned,” said Seamus McGillicuddy, Mountcastle’s partner. “We pretty much had forgotten about the raffle ticket.”
McGillicuddy, speaking on behalf of Mountcastle whose speech was affected by two strokes, said the couple was visiting Watkins Glen in July when they visited the Center and bought two raffle tickets.
They were familiar with the popularity of the MX-5: Mountcastle had purchased a 2012 MX-5 in April to celebrate a clean bill of health after breast cancer.
The couple has been friends of the Racing Research Center almost since its 1999 opening, due to McGillicuddy’s interest in racing and ties to Watkins Glen.
Mountcastle is a retired commander of the U.S. Coast Guard. A member of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Class of 1984, she was the second woman to graduate from the academy. As one of the premier single-scull rowers in the United States, Mountcastle was named the 1992 U.S. Military Female Athlete of the Year.
McGillicuddy is a serious race fan who became interested in the sport while attending high school in Watkins Glen. Now retired, he is a volunteer with the Florida Historical Society.