2019 Runoffs Predicted to be Biggest Event Ever at VIR

While the Sports Car Club of America® is ramping up for the 2018 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs at Sonoma Raceway being held Oct. 16-21 in California, the folks at VIRginia International Raceway are already getting amped up for the 2019 Runoffs coming to their venue in Alton, Virginia.  In a recent article appearing in Virginia Business, writer Joan Tupponce notes:


VIR recently landed the 2019 Sports Car Club of America National Championship Runoffs, which will be held Oct. 8-13 next year. “It’s the largest race group, and they have that race all over the country. It’s their Super Bowl Runoffs,” said Connie Nyholm, VIR’s owner and CEO. “We put our name in the hat a couple of years ago and secured the Runoffs for 2019. It’s huge. It will bring in thousands ... It will be bigger than anything we have had here. This is a new marker in the history of VIR.”


The Runoffs, which caps the Summit Racing Equipment SCCA Road Racing program each year, has evolved into what is now commonly agreed to be the pinnacle of American motorsports.  Since 1964, the SCCA has crowned National Champions at the winner-take-all, single race Runoffs format through dozens of separate races over three days.


In 2019, there will be three days of qualifying, followed by three days of racing. VIR joins Riverside (1964, 1966, 1968), Daytona International Speedway (1965, 1967, 1969, 2015), Road Atlanta (1970-1993), Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (1994-2005, 2016), Heartland Motorsports Park (2006-2008), Road America (2009-2013), Laguna Seca (2014), Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2017) and Sonoma Raceway (2018) as Runoffs hosts.  Following the visit to VIR, the Runoffs will head back to Road America in 2020, a region equally excited to have the SCCA returning to their backyard.

Alan Lesher

"Just a thought"; but a good one!


Austin R Hilliard

I sure hope it is, I won't be going to race, but I may go to watch and help some friends.  I'm already excited!  They should throw-in a few 'just for fun' enduro races on the Monday open to regional and national classes for those of us who would like to go and compete, but won't be in the Runoffs.  Just a thought.

Jim Creighton

Austin, it's a great idea, but, in reality, it's going to be a monumental task for the paddock folks to park all the competitors who are attending the Runoffs. To try to add an additional 100 or so who want to run for one day would be impossible. Yes, we could use the other paddock, but I can assure you that will be full of campers for workers and over flow for teams. I urge you to attend and even volunteer to help. Me, I will be there as it opens helping park the rigs and teams up until Tuesday AM and then I will switch to tech where I am Chief of Production car compliance. See you there.