Sept. 16-22 will mark the 50th running of the SCCA National Championship Runoffs, the Sports Car Club of America’s pinnacle amateur road racing event. That’s a big deal a really, really big deal. Consequently, the SCCA has organized a few can’t-miss events, which take place in and around the famed Road America racing circuit during the Runoffs week.
On Wednesday, Sept. 18, all 700 Runoffs competitors will make their way to the front straight for a unique photo opportunity. “We are going to take an all-driver photo on the front straight,” says Terry Ozment, SCCA’s Vice President of Club Racing. In addition, Ozment says that group photos will also take place during the week for all of the worker specialties.
On Thursday, Sept. 19, once all qualifying is complete, the 50th Runoffs celebration will kick into high gear with a celebratory banquet. The event will feature images from past Runoffs, displays, trophies, and speeches from the likes of SCCA President and CEO Jeff Dahnert and the Chairman of the Board of Directors Lisa Noble.
“We will also be doing pole awards for the pole sitters for this year’s races and will acknowledge the 2013 Workers of the Year,” notes Ozment. “The evening will provide lots of time for remembering, and the night will be capped off with music by First Rush they are a band led by Formula F driver Mike Sauce and were the band that closed out our run at Mid-Ohio.”
Several historically significant cars will also be on display during the Thursday banquet, and there will also be a presentation of the top 10 moments in Runoffs history.