Mazda global design chief Ikuo Maeda oversaw the design of the current-generation MX-5 Miata that he now races in Japan.
Maeda suits up for the qualifying run of the Mazda Roadster Party Race last month at Okayama International Circuit in Japan.
Maeda lines up in his No. 30 MX-5 Miata roadster, hoping for good grid placement and a top finish in the final race later in the day.
Maeda competes in around four MX-5 Miata races a year.
Maeda gets into the zone before the final.
Maeda (left) exchanges in pit-row banter with rival drivers at the Okayama International Circuit.
Maeda buckles into his No. 30 MX-5 Miata from pole position in the day's final race. Will he keep that lead?
Maeda poses with the No. 2 and 3 grid finishers after the morning qualifying run last month at Okayama International Circuit