Contingency Programs Entice Drivers to Runoffs at Road America
TOPEKA, Kan. (August 23, 2012) – When the top amateur racers in the country converge on Road America for the SCCA National Championship Runoffs, Sept. 18-23, nearly $2 million in cash and product awards will be available from SCCA’s contingency sponsors.
Volkswagen of America, who also supplies the Official Vehicles of SCCA, offers $5,000 to winners in the Showroom Stock C, Touring 3 and Super Touring® Under classes, with second and third place finishers earning $3,000 and $1,000. F and H Production drivers earn $2,000 for a win, $1,000 for second and $500 for third, with Formula Vee drivers earning $1,000, $750, and $500 for podium finishes.
To support the Showroom Stock C competitors driving B-Spec machines, Fiat USA Motorsports is offering $5,000 to anyone who can win the race within a race at the Runoffs. A runner-up pays $2,500, with third-place paying $1,250.
Ford Racing is offering contingency to top finishers at the Runoffs in eligible classes with Ford power. Winners will receive $2,500, with $1,000 and $750 going to podium finishers.
Honda Performance Development offers each Honda and Acura driver who begins the Championship race a $500 bonus, along with a $100 parking fee reimbursement to help cover the costs of the event weekend. Race winners earn an additional $2,500 from HPD, with $1,500 and $1,000 for second and third-place finishes.
Mazda North American Operations offers $5,000 for a win in eligible classes, and $2,500 and $1,250 for podium finishes. Additionally, Mazda is offering eligible drivers up to $750 in tow money for the event and $2,500 to any driver completing the Super Sweep.
MINI USA rewards drivers for top finishes in H Production, GT-Lite, Showroom Stock classes, Touring 3 and STU. Winners in each of the eligible classes will receive $2,500, with $1,500 and $1,000 for the podium finishers.
Nissan North America’s plan rewards National Champions in eligible cars and classes with $2,000 for a win in a Nissan, Datsun or Infiniti at this year’s Runoffs.
Toyota/TRD offers $5,000 for a National Championship in GT-2 and GT-3, with $3,000 for a runner-up finish in those classes. Toyota competitors in other classes earn $3,000 for the win and $2,000 for second. Additionally, Toyota drivers earning the pole position will garner a $1,000 cash prize.
For those competitors in a BMW at the Runoffs, Classic BMW in Texas is offering a$1,000 gift certificate for parts for a National Championship, and $500 and $250 certificates for a podium finish.
The tire wars are an equal point of pride to racers as the make and model. BFGoodrich Tires, Goodyear Tire and Hoosier Racing Tire all offer programs to those who race on their rubber.
BFGoodrich Tires, the Official Street Tire of SCCA, is once again offering eligible National Champions 12 tires and the opportunity to win a seat in the SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race. Second through sixth-place finishers can earn up to six tires for the effort.
Goodyear-shod competitors will earn a $1,500 product certificate for a win, with $1,000 and $500 certificates for the remaining podium finishers.
Hoosier Racing Tire extends benefits for National Champions into next season. Winners will earn four tires, plus an additional four tires for every 2013 SafeRacer SCCA Club Racing National event the driver enters. They pay the Spec Miata field even deeper, with the winner earning 16 free tires, eight going to the runner-up and six going to the final podium position. Fourth and fifth-place get four tires, with sixth through 10th earning a pair of Hoosier tires.
If you’ve got a car with tires, you need to slow it down for Road America’s corners. Help is on the way, with programs from Hawk Performance, Carbotech Performance Brakes and Cobalt Friction Technologies.
The Official Brake Products of SCCA, Hawk is offering a 2013 product sponsorship for champions, with product certificates for finishers all the way through the top-10 in eligible classes. Hawk will also award a Hawk Hot Lap Award of $100 to the driver posting the fast lap in each race.
Winners using Carbotech Brakes will also earn a product sponsorship for the 2013 season, with certificates offered for finishing second through 10th in the event.
Cobalt is paying out certificates in all classes through fifth place. A National Championship nets a free set of pads, through the fifth finisher garnering a $20 product certificate.
Cars won’t run without fluids of many kinds.
Black Magic Shine, the Preferred Automotive Detailing Products of SCCA, is the title sponsor of the E Production class and will reward drivers with a $1,000 prize for a win through $100 for finishing sixth as the title sponsor of that race. Their more substantial payouts come in the Black Magic Shine award designed to reward the best looking and cleanest cars at the Runoffs. The best appearing cars from six categories as selected by a panel of judges will earn cash prizes, including a $400 prize for the car judged tops in category.
Throughout the week of qualifying, Gumout, the Official Performance Chemicals of SCCA, is supporting racers with the Gumout Pole Award, rewarding fast qualifiers with a $400 cash bonus and the top three finishers in each class with a product kit. As title sponsor of the GT-2 race, competitors can earn cash from Gumout for finishing in the top six, including a $1,000 prize for winning the race.
Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA, is handing out a $100 cash prize to the driver who gains the most positions from the beginning of the race to the finish as the Sunoco Hard Charger.
The Official Oil of SCCA, Mobil 1 offers $500 cash and a Mobil 1 racing suit for a National Championship. Runners-up will receive a $400 product certificate, while third-place finishers will earn a $250 certificate. All drivers who register for the Mobil 1 program will receive a hat and tire pressure gauge.
Red Line Synthetic Oil also offers a custom Red Line Oil custom driver suit to National Champions participating in their program, with $400 and $250 product certificates to second and third-place finishers.
Suspension components are another integral part of a race car.
AST Suspension isn’t paying contingency to the top three, but to first, second and fifth-place finishers. A $750 product credit will go to race winners, along with a $250 and $100 credit for second and fifth-place finishes. Hyperco is offering two free Hyperco suspension coils for first and second-place finishers, with one free spring to third-place finishers.
Moton Suspension – USA is putting each winner of the prestigious Club Racing Super Sweep into a drawing for a set of Moton shocks in a program that doesn’t even require product use. Drivers using eligible Penske Racing Shocks can get a $250 product credit for National Championships, with $150 and $100 going to respective podium finishes.
In-car video and data systems are almost integral to improving lap times at Road America.
AiM Sports is offering an AiM Solo lap timer for a Runoffs race win at Road America in every class. Race Technology USA is offering significant discounts on their DL1, VIDEO4, VIDEO4+GPS, DASH2, DASH3 or DASH4Pro systems and accessories to podium finishers not already using their products and gift certificates for parts and upgrades to those who are.
There are a number of retail outlets that sell products to Club Racers and are rewarding them at the Runoffs.
SafeRacer, the season-long title sponsor of the SafeRacer National Series and Official Safety Provider of SCCA, is rewarding National Champions with a SafeRacer Driving Suit. Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies offers fourth, fifth and sixth-place finishers gift certificates worth up to $75 in each race, and a $250 Pegasus gift certificate to any driver who can capture the prestigious Super Sweep award. Summit Racing Equipment offers top-five finishers up to $200 in select classes.
Two racing service providers are also supporting customers with contingencies.
Taylor Racing Engineering is rewarding National Champions with a $250 product certificate, while Tilton Engineering offers product certificates up to $100 for first, third and fifth place.
Spec Racer Ford and Formula Enterprises competitors can win $500, $300 or $200 parts certificates from SCCA Enterprises for finishing on the podium. Staubli is offering those same classes, along with four other open-wheel classes, a $150 product certificates for drivers finishing on the podium – and an additional $150 certificate for a Super Sweep. B-Spec drivers racing in the Showroom Stock C race within a race can get up to $3,000 and free entry fees from Pirelli World Challenge. The runner-up will earn $1,500 and two entries in 2013, and the third subclass finisher will win $500 and a single-event entry.
Panasport Racing Wheels is paying product certificates to the top five finishers, with the winner earning $300 in product certificate. Grassroots Motorsports is paying National Champions who are magazine subscribers $100 in cash.
In addition to the contingency packages, one driver in each race will be selected as the GoPro Hero Moment award winner, and be rewarded with a GoPro Hero2 camera
With the early bird registration deadline looming on Friday, August 24, more than 450 drivers have registered for the September 18-23 event in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Those registering before the deadline will receive a $200 discount on the event entry fee.
All 24 races will be aired live on SpeedcastTV.com beginning Thursday, Sept. 20 and concluding Sunday, Sept. 23. Veteran broadcasters Greg Creamer, Dorsey Schroeder, Jim Tretow, John Bisignano and Randy Pobst will be on call for those races.
For more information on these contingency programs and how to register to participate, visit http://www.scca.com/runoffs. Drivers must register for contingency programs prior to competing and are encouraged to do so online before Sept. 4. Following that date, participants can register at the track. Program descriptions should be read carefully to ensure all requirements are met. Failure to meet any listed requirements will result in the forfeiture of awards.
More information on the Sports Car Club of America and the SCCA National Championship Runoffs is available at www.scca.com.
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