2017 Runoffs Event Schedule Posted

The 2017 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs® event schedule is now available for review on the Runoffs event page at www.scca.com/runoffs.  Test days are planned Sept. 21-24 prior to four days of qualifying, Sept. 25-28, and three days of racing, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, on the 15-turn road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).

 

As was the case in 2016, classes will qualify during the same part of the day as their race. Qualifying groups are based on traditional combinations, as well as driver feedback related to anticipated entry counts for this event and class grouping preferences.

 

As previously stated, a maximum of 72 cars can be on the 2.592-mile course at one time for each session at IMS. If a single class has more than 72 cars, the field will be split into multiple groups for qualifying. While a maximum of 72 cars will start Championship races, a “Last Chance” qualifying race will be utilized Thursday for any classes with more than 72 cars, ensuring each participating driver has the opportunity to take a green flag at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

Based on survey responses, it is anticipated that SM and SRF3 may have fields in excess of 72 competitors. Arrangements have been made for qualifying so that SRF3 may overflow into SRF.  As such, the two classes will share a car number pool. If SM eclipses 72 cars, it will be split into two sessions, back-to-back. Because of this variable, qualifying session start times have not yet been finalized.

 

There is time in the schedule each day for 18 sessions, with only 17 groups currently identified. If Spec Miata does not eclipse 72 cars, reassessment of all group sizes will occur to best utilize the additional “open” session accordingly. The daily qualifying schedule, with session start times, should be posted by Sept. 2, well in advance of the event start date.

Comments
  • David W Sterling Jr.

    The only problem I see is for the formula qualifying group that has more than 72 cars registered. There doesn't seem to be any provision for the people at the back of the grid the first day qualifying to get out there until someone in the first 72 cars out comes off the track. The Supps specify how people will be gridded the first day of qualifying  (see 5.7), but I don't see how the people gridded 73 and higher in that qualifying group will get any time on track as the qualifying schedule is set now.

  • Randy Pobst

    I have an outrageous idea:  change the maximum number of cars limit.  Perhaps the number 72 is written in stone, but given the complications, can the field be stretched a bit?

  • Mike Pinney

    Looking forward to seeing all my SCCA friends at Indy, should be a great event.

  • Denny Stripling

    I expect that there will be several (if not numerous) drivers running in both SRF and SRF3. As currently scheduled, every qualification session will be back to back for those classes. Any chance we could slot another class in between them to give time for driver/tire/etc changes?

  • Donnie Isley

    Let's hope the races do not turn into parade laps behind the pace car like the so many of the Major races this year. That seems to be acceptable these days. 

    • Randy Pobst

      Donnie, you are speaking my language here, I agree heartily!  We run into each other far too much, and then write it off as "racing incidents".  When my good friend was spun into the wall at the finish line at the Runoffs, I was furious.  He coulda been killed, f'goodness sake.  I don't want to be a racing steward, I don't have the temperament for it.  I get wound up.  Did we come to race, or follow the pace car, or get turned and slam the wall at top speed?  Many drivers are far too aggressive, both attacking and defending.  In fairness, we have to admit that Spec classes make passing difficult because there is not much car advantage, but....   In fact, this is the reason I started writing Pobst Position 13 years ago:  to encourage better racing knowledge and respect for the lives and equipment of your esteemed colleagues.  Smarter racing, with less crashing as a result.  Green flag racing, thank you.  Great attitude, Donnie, keep it and spread it.