There were cars at Daytona International Speedway—cars that Editor Zach Bowman and the 330k-mile Miata he drove over from Utah shared the banking with—that use more horsepower to turn their superchargers than our eyesore made new. Like an AMX that looked like it might run on boiled-down Miatas.

As the tech inspectors' eyes boggled at our 460 treadwear tires and we picked bits of tumbleweed out of the front end, it's time to reflect on exactly what we'd signed up for. The Million-Mile Miata made it to Daytona, but the biggest challenge lays ahead.