Inside Mazda


John Doonan is director of motorsports at Mazda North American Operations. In his current role, Doonan develops the overall strategy and manages Mazda’s motorsport programs in North America.

The motorsports program is headed by Mazda Team Joest, which competes in the Prototype class of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. That program is at the top of the Mazda Road to 24, a program that provides a clear ladder system to help drivers climb from grassroots racing to the top level of sports car racing in North America.

The Road to 24 also features the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, a professional racing series for identically-prepared fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miatas.

In grassroots racing, Mazda enjoys over 53% market share in the United States.

Doonan joined Mazda in 2003 as the regional advertising manager in the Midwest region. In 2005, Doonan became manager, motorsports and team development and was promoted to director of motorsports in 2011.

Doonan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Augustana College and an MBA from Western Illinois University. Doonan resides in Plainfield, Illinois.

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