2016 SCCA Runoffs Registration Opens July 20
TOPEKA, Kan. (July 18, 2016) – Registration for the much anticipated 2016 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs®, presented by Garmin VIRB, is slated to open Wednesday, July 20 at 9am Central Time. It is strongly urged in advance of registration that drivers verify that all the information contained within their online SCCA account is correct and up to date. Specifically, review account information to make sure Region of record is correct, membership and license is current, and membership numbers are correct. If problems exist, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
At time of registration, competitors can also reserve paddock space for a fee. A limited number of grass paddock spaces may be available without reservation at no cost on a first-come, first-serve basis, and at the direction of the Paddock Marshal. An interactive paddock map is available for viewing online at the Event Spaces tab found at the Runoffs homepage.
There will be an option for free participant camping for tents and self-contained trailers/RVs. Again, those interested will need to sign up during online registration. Those spaces are non-reservable and will also be filled first come/first parked. Additionally, trackside motorhome camping reservations can be made through Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. When purchasing a trackside RV space through the track, be sure to mention you are a credentialed participant so as not to be charged for a spectator ticket. There is an onsite dump station, but electric or water hook-ups are not available in any area.
The winner-take-all SCCA® National Championship Runoffs®, presented by Garmin VIRB, will consist of 23-lap races September 23-25 on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course’s 2.25-mile, 13-turn layout for all 28 Runoffs-eligible classes. Each Class will get a 15-minute qualifying session each day -- Monday through Thursday -- to set starting grids. The fastest time over the four days will earn the Tire Rack Pole award, to be presented during Thursday’s all-participant party. The Thursday night party, on site at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, will also honor the newly crowned SCCA Worker of the Year selections.
Of note for 2016, based on survey data from participants, qualifying sessions will run at a similar time in the day as scheduled races. Also this year, some qualifying sessions will run as “seamless.” The class marked first on the schedule will run for 15 minutes, while the second class will move from grid and stage in pit lane just prior to the conclusion of the previous group. When the first class or group has received the checkered flag, the second group will be released. Cars that are safely stopped on track but need assistance getting back to the paddock will remain until the second session in the seamless qualifying is complete. These sessions are clearly marked on the full schedule, and will only share time on the grid, not the track.
Photo Caption: Robert Mazza making his way around Mid-Ohio, site of the 2016 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, presented by Garmin VIRB
Credit: Shaun Lumley