Points are awarded in the series based on the finishing order of each race, counting only the Series Competitors starting each event. Series competitors need only take the green flag to earn series points. They are not required to finish the race (as done by SCCA). The Top Twenty drivers are credited points for each race as follows:
Regional FCC Champion is determined by the total points tally after all region events have been completed in the season with 2 race (not weekend) drops allowed by each driver.
The Southwest Series began in 1998 and continues to grow each year. It is designed to offer FM drivers a season-long competition with year-end rewards. The Series races are held mostly at local club racing events. Generally, two Series races are held each Series race weekend (Saturday and Sunday). There are only seven (7) Series race weekends spread out over 7-8 months. This helps to eliminate excessive travel. Competitors in the Series range from 16 to 65 years in age. Some are looking for careers and some are just looking for excitement and fun. At the conclusion of the season, the Southwest Formula Mazda Series holds an awards banquet to distribute trophies, cash, and prizes to the Top Ten Finishers in the Series. Also recognized is the Rookie of the Year and the Masters Champion (45 yrs and older).