The SCCA National Championship Runoffs — one of the most unique events on the annual motorsports calendar — returns to the Racing Capital of the World this year for three action-packed days of racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with three days of qualifying in the buildup. The action gets rolling on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2.592-mile-course on Tuesday, September 27 and runs through Sunday, October 3.
Each of the races are streamed live for those at home but, thanks to SCCA’s valuable relationship with Partners, the days at the track bring with them something that makes the trip to Indy just a little bit sweeter for drivers and for those members dedicating their time to make sure the event goes off without a hitch.
Sunoco 260 Tuesday
The Sunoco 260 GT race fuels are a 100 octane, street-legal unleaded fuel designed for high performance cars, and Sunoco 260 Tuesday certainly brings with it a high-octane rating.
Once again, Sunoco grabs the opening day of qualifying and waves the green flag on the week-long event, where 900 competitors take to the course for their first timed sessions. Thanks to this partner, the driver in each of the 26 classes whose best qualifying time comes closest to including .260 receives a full fill up of any Sunoco race fuel for their car.
Driver’s aren’t the only ones supported by Sunoco. The more than 400 event staff and volunteers waving flags, keeping time and making sure the event’s behind-the-scenes engine keeps running smoothly will have lunch provided at the Sunoco 260 Tuesday lunch break.
Hawk Brake-Through Performer Wednesday
Day two of qualifying kicks off Wednesday and the action will start to heat up as the qualifying order begins to shuffle. It’s that chance to move forward that led our friends at Hawk Performance to declare Wednesday Hawk Brake-Through Performer Day where the biggest mover in each of the 26 classes earns a set of Hawk brake pads for their racecar, tow rig or street car.
Drivers aren’t the only brake-through performers at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs, though, so Hawk Performance will also provide lunch to all of the event staff and volunteers at Wednesday’s “Lunch Brake.”
Tire Rack Pole Day
Aside from race days, Thursday – Tire Rack Pole Day – is one of the most exciting days of Runoffs competition. Each of the 26 classes head out on track for one last chance at setting their best qualifying time and improve their grid position before the race. By the end of the day, Tire Rack will help 26 competitors celebrate their Pole Position for the upcoming race days.
SCCA’s Official Tire Retail Partner gives each polesitter $500 to spend at Tire Rack along with some braggable swag.
Tire Rack Pole Award winners will be celebrated at the end of the day in Victory Circle but, first, the beehive of workers making the event run will grab Thursday’s lunch thanks to our friends at Tire Rack.
Hagerty Race Days
Hagerty is once again all in for Hagerty Race Days that will feature 26 sprint races across three days, each culminating in a winner-takes-all National Champion!
All races are 19 laps or 40 minutes, whichever comes first. Friday and Saturday each feature nine races, and eight more round out the race weekend on Sunday.
And, of course, those races can’t happen without that core group of folks keeping the event running, so Hagerty will be providing lunch for workers on Saturday.
Sunoco 260 Tuesday and Hawk Brake-Through Performer Wednesday will be featured with streaming audio coverage, static cameras and live timing at SCCA.com/live. All 26 Runoffs races, as well as Last Chance Races for Spec Miata and Spec Racer Ford 3 on Thursday, will be broadcast live on SCCA.com. More information on the event can be found at SCCA.com/Runoffs.
Photo Courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway