Nissan’s Micra Cup spec racing championship will return to Ontario and Quebec racetracks in 2017, the automaker’s announced.

A prominent count-down timer on the Micra Cup official homepage shows just over two months to go, as of this writing, until the series kicks off on May 19 at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, formerly known as Mosport.

With a grid just shy of 40 cars, each race is action-packed and kept close thanks to the identical mechanical build of each race car. Races are won on strategy, optimal tire pressures, and raw driver talent.

“I’m thrilled to confirm the Nissan Micra Cup’s return in 2017 and look forward to fans seeing once again just how spectacular and exciting spec series racing is – the Nissan way – with the fun-to-drive Nissan Micra S, the most affordable car in Canada,” said Joni Paiva, Nissan Canada CEO.

“The level of excitement and enthusiasm for the Nissan Micra Cup, as well as interest in participating, has far exceeded our expectations. After two very successful seasons, Nissan is proud to support the Nissan Micra Cup as it grows here in Canada.”

Autofocus’ own Brian Makse participates in the Micra Cup series, and will be contesting the 2017 series.

(Nissan Canada)