SCCA, Speedcast ink 3-year deal to stream Runoffs live

SCCA, Speedcast ink 3-year deal to stream Runoffs live

SCCA / SportsCar Magazine

SCCA, Speedcast ink 3-year deal to stream Runoffs live


Formula Vee Champion Michael Varacins is interviewed by SpeedCast’s John Bisignano. (SCCA Images) 

Sports Car Club of America, Inc. and Speedcast Productions have announced an agreement that will broadcast the SCCA National Championship Runoffs through 2015.

Expanding on a partnership that began in 2009, every Runoffs race will be streamed live through, with individual races hosted On Demand in perpetuity.

“We were at a crossroads in 2009, with our broadcast television deal ending and not being in a position to fund a similar program,” SCCA Vice President of Marketing and Communications Eric Prill said. “Speedcast offered a new alternative that proved to be the wave of the future. Now, professional racing series utilize webcasts for live races across the world, and each Runoffs race has been accessible to the masses free of charge for the last four years.”

The agreement carries the Runoffs through three separate venues, Road America in 2013, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2014 and Daytona International Speedway in 2015.

“Everyone at Speedcast is very excited about our partnership with SCCA,” Speedcast Productions President Clark Cambern said. “As a former Runoffs competitor, I understand just how important this historic event is, and I’m honored to be a part of it going forward.”

This year’s broadcast will again be available in HD online and via mobile platforms including Apple’s iOS. The on-air team includes broadcast veterans Rick Benjamin, John Bisignano, Dorsey Schroeder and Jim Tretow as well as current Pirelli World Challenge driver, and former Runoffs Champion, Randy Pobst and new team member Jeff Lepper, who calls the live World Challenge races on SpeedcastTV.

The 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs, which begins at Road America on Monday, Sept. 16 with practice, will stream live at Friday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Sept. 22 beginning at 8:30 a.m. (CDT). Each day features eight 52-mile Championship races, through 6 p.m. (CDT).

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