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Crashing A Ferrari Party

The Ferrari Club of America let a 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata and a Genesis G70 infiltrate their track day. But are they quick enough to hang with this crowd?

OKAY, SO I THOUGHT this column was going to be about something else. When I arranged to take a 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata and a Genesis G70 3.3T AWD to a Ferrari club track day at Virginia International Raceway, I hoped to prove a thesis that those two cars aren’t the rolling roadblocks you’d expect. Instead, I got a lesson in the concept of automotive evolution and the quantifiable value of history. The Miata’s been around for 30 years, with Mazda tinkering and perfecting it all along. Genesis split from Hyundai and debuted as a stand-alone company less than four years ago, in 2015. Which makes the overall excellence of the G70 all the more impressive. But the Miata demonstrates how great a car can become when it incorporates a decade or three of experience.

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