The second day of qualifying is well underway for the 59th SCCA National Championship Runoffs taking place Sept. 24-Oct. 2, 2022, at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR). Each of the 26 car classes competing at the Runoffs will have 20-minute sessions on VIR’s 3.27-mile circuit today, and another 20 minutes on Thursday to determine Tire Rack Pole Award winners and set grids for Hagerty Race Days.
Follow the action online at SCCA.com/live. It’s there where you’ll discover live timing/scoring and an audio broadcast featuring commentary from longtime Runoffs announcers Tom O’Gorman, Larry “Lefty” MacLeod, Gregg Ginsberg, and special guests.
Additional information – including qualifying/race results, event schedule, and facility map – can be accessed online through the VIR Runoffs Event Guide.
It’s Hawk “Brake-Through Performer” Wednesday
Now a tradition, Wednesdays at the Runoffs are Hawk “Brake-Through Performer” qualifying days, and Hawk Performance is back again to recognize the one driver who shows the biggest qualifying position improvement from Wednesday in each of 26 different car classes. Those breakthrough – or “brake-through” – performers on Wednesday receive a set of Hawk brake pads for their race car, tow rig, or street car.
For more than 25 years, championship winning drivers and teams have demanded Hawk Performance motorsports brake pads. The company leverages its experience on the track, and technology used in aerospace and the military, to make first-class products in the USA.
Hawk’s advanced technology is also available for daily cars, trucks, and SUVs thanks to Hawk Performance street products. With the LTS compound for SUVs and Jeeps, Super-Duty pads for tow vehicles, and brake fluids for both the street and the racetrack, Hawk has every braking need covered.
Hawk also has hundreds of Runoffs volunteers covered with food and drink at Wednesday’s “Lunch Brake.” That just shows how Hawk, the Official Brake Products of SCCA since 2003, will stop at nothing to help make the Runoffs a success.
Learn more about the Hawk Performance advantage by visiting HawkPerformance.com. And don’t forget to give Hawk a “like” on Facebook and Instagram.
Wednesday Golf Cart Parade to Crown First “National” Champ
Drivers, teams, and volunteers are all business during daylight hours at the Runoffs. But when the sun begins to set, out comes fun-loving partiers. And Wednesday evenings at the Runoffs have become one of the best parties around.
Festivities begin Wednesday on grid at 6:15 p.m. EDT with formation of the Charity Golf Cart Parade. It’s a contest to see which group can be most imaginative, most represent an SCCA Region, most commemorate the 59th Runoffs, or just go “Hog Pen” wild with creativity. This will be the third annual parade, and proceeds generated benefit Lemons of Love – an organization providing care packages to people affected by cancer.
Golf cart squads can register online at www.scca.com/cartparade to ensure their efforts assist Lemons of Love. Or swing by the SCCA Staff Office on the Pagoda’s second floor to retrieve a cart numbers.
Cart numbers matter because onlookers at VIR (or those enticed virtually through social media) pick favored creations online through the Runoffs Charity Golf Cart Parade portal. Voters simply note the number displayed on the side of their favorite cart in the “Vote for a Cart: Enter Cart # Here” field. The cart that raises the most money will be crowned the 2022 SCCA National Golf Cart Champion, an honor that comes with a major award!
The parade will pass by victory circle, allowing “expert” cart announcers to comment live on the creations. The procession then makes its way around the paddock, and ends up at …
Block Party Wednesday!
The Runoffs Block Party will be in full effect Wednesday evening when the Charity Golf Cart Parade rolls through. The Block Party is a fun-filled evening that connects SCCA members with one another, and allows folks to load up on food, drinks, and deserts.
In theory, the Block Party begins at 6 p.m. EDT across all Runoffs paddocks. However, there isn’t really an “official” start to the Block Party. When grills are lit and coolers dragged out, the party has begun at any particular spot.
Hagerty’s Block Party spot shouldn’t be missed, as well as encampments by SCCA Women on Track, New England Region, the Prod Party, and many others. Usually, there’s upwards of 10 buzzing enclaves welcoming partygoers throughout the evening.
Join the Party!
The Wednesday night Block Party isn’t just for SCCA volunteers and drivers – it’s something for everyone! But to enjoy the camaraderie, you need to be at VIR – a gorgeous venue right along the North Carolina border in Alton, VA.
Single-day admission for spectators starts at only $20, and you can learn more here. Those who are SCCA members get a 20 percent discount on tickets by logging in to their membership account portal at SCCA.com. And Hagerty Drivers Club members can get 20 percent off admission by snatching up tickets here.
Free drinks, food and having #funwithcars? There’s no need for another excuse to get to the Runoffs.
Photo: Wednesday is the second of three qualifying days at VIR for the 2022 SCCA National Championship Runoffs.
Photo by Jon Krolewicz/SCCA Staff