Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations Mazda will step up its visibility at racing events with a new deal that makes it the official car of the Sports Car Club of America.

Mazda will be the official pace car at SCCA-sanctioned events, which total more than 2,000 annually in the autocross, rally and road racing segments.

The automaker will also be the presenting sponsor of SCCA's Hall of Fame Banquet.

The partnership agreement runs through 2015.