For a second year in a row, households throughout the United States will be able to experience the excitement and energy of SCCA racing when select National Championship Runoffs events from Sonoma Raceway air on CBS Sports Network in December.
Coverage starts at 9 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, with the Formula Continental event followed at 10 p.m. by the GT-2 race. A week later on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m., the Formula Enterprises and Formula Enterprises 2 race takes center stage followed at 2 p.m. by the Spec Racer Ford Gen3 event.
The exciting Formula Vee Runoffs race then airs at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, and the Spec Miata race at 9 p.m. the following Sunday, Dec. 23. Encore presentations of each broadcast will also air on CBS Sports Network on Dec. 30 with a marathon beginning at noon and including the final two premieres — a combined Formula F/Formula 500 event at 6 p.m. followed by the F Production race at 7 p.m.
Each separate race, produced by Apex Broadcast for the 10th year in a row, will be 60 minutes in length and anchored by longtime Runoffs announcer Greg Creamer. Additional commentary is supplied by journalist Ryan Myrehn, Tom O’Gorman (pro driver), Andy Hollis and Larry MacLeod (SCCA Solo Nationals announcers), and Heyward Wagner (pit reporter). All broadcast times are Eastern and the schedule is subject to change. Check cable or satellite TV providers for local CBS Sports Network channels.
2018 Runoffs CBS Sports Network broadcast schedule:
Sun., Dec. 2, 9 p.m. Eastern; Formula Continental (encore Sun., Dec. 30, noon Eastern)
Sun., Dec. 2, 10 p.m. Eastern; GT-2 (encore Sun., Dec. 30, 1 p.m. Eastern)
Sun., Dec. 9, 1 p.m. Eastern; Formula Enterprises/FE2 (encore Sun., Dec. 30, 2 p.m. Eastern)
Sun., Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Eastern; Spec Racer Ford Gen3 (encore Sun., Dec. 30, 3 p.m. Eastern)
Sun., Dec. 16, 9 p.m. Eastern; Formula Vee (encore Sun., Dec. 30, 4 p.m. Eastern)
Sun., Dec. 23, 9 p.m. Eastern; Spec Miata (encore Sun., Dec. 30, 5 p.m. Eastern)
Sun., Dec. 30, 6 p.m. Eastern; FF/Formula 500 (encore Sun., Dec. 30, midnight Eastern)
Sun., Dec. 30, 7 p.m. Eastern; F Production (encore Sun., Dec. 30, 1 a.m. Eastern)
Mike Cobb, SCCA President and CEO, said exposure on CBS Sports Network gives the SCCA an opportunity to showcase its brand of road racing on millions of televisions in homes across the nation.
“The eight races selected for broadcast this year were chosen based on the quality of competition, the ability to connect with a wide audience, and the desire to display a spectrum of SCCA road racing activities,” Cobb said. “It is my hope that every SCCA member will tell friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and acquaintances that the Runoffs will be airing Sundays on CBS Sports Network in December. It’s a great way to share with others exactly what SCCA road racing is all about.”
Since 1964, the SCCA has crowned road racing’s National Champions at the winner-take-all, single race Runoffs format through dozens of separate races over three days. As host of the 55th Runoffs, Sonoma Raceway became only the third California track to host SCCA’s National Championship, joining Riverside International Raceway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Each race on Sonoma’s 12-turn, 2.52-mile circuit was 20 laps or 40 minutes, whichever came first.
With broadcasts presented by Mazda, all 28 Runoffs races from Sonoma Raceway are available for online viewing anytime at the 2018 SCCA Runoffs OnDemand webpage at SCCA.com.