There’ll be plenty to do at the 2023 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs®. Set to take place Sept. 23-Oct. 1 at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, VA, hundreds of racers will face a week of qualifying sessions and a weekend of racing to discover who’s the best of the best. Some racers might look at the Runoffs event schedule and think that one on-track session a day will leave them plenty of time to relax in the paddock – don’t be fooled, the week will be done before you know it. But in the event that you do have some time to chill, there’ll be numerous SCCA partners on site for you to check out – and check them out you should.
SCCA’s partners bring more to the table than product. These companies understand not only racing, but also the needs of those who choose this sport as their hobby. From driver coaching to cash payouts, parts, and more, you won’t want to miss some of what these SCCA partners are bringing to the 2023 Runoffs.
Don’t Miss This…
Mazda Motorsports is a Runoffs mainstay, always sporting a trailer chock full of parts to keep Mazda racers running fast. The same will be true at the 2023 Runoffs – but this year, Mazda Motorsports will be bringing a brand-new, 40-foot-long parts trailer. What does that mean for you? The upgraded Mazda Motorsports Customer Experience Center trailer will enable the Mazda Motorsports crew to stock significantly more parts, so if you’re a Mazda racer in need during the Runoffs, this trailer should be stop number one.
Blayze will be offering on-site driver coaching, using the classroom located by the north paddock garages as a lounge. Blayze racers and driver coaches Chris Nunes and Dion von Moltke will provide in-person coaching to Blayze members. Not a Blayze member? The coaches will let you know how you can receive professional driver coaching at the Runoffs and during any race weekend.
Spark Virtual Racing will have simulators in the same lounge as Blayze for the public to try. But it’s better than that: This setup will allow Blayze coaches to provide live instruction from the comfort of the lounge, enabling drivers the instant feedback needed in order to pick up those last tenths of a second.
OpenFender is new to the SCCA partner stable, and the company will be making a splash. OpenFender supports fundraising and sponsor-finding endeavors – and at this year’s Runoffs, the company will be offering at least four Runoffs superlative awards that pay cash. To be eligible for any of those awards, Runoffs racers need to sign up for OpenFender and use the code “SCCA” when registering. Find out more details by going to openfender.com/racers so that you can have a chance to earn some of the $1,500 on offer.
Tige Boats will be back at the Runoffs, showcasing another one of the company’s gorgeous wake boats. A boating expert will be in vendor row to offer the grand tour, showcasing what makes Tige the next ship you should own, with special options available to SCCA members.
Goodyear is the place you get your tires – but at this year’s Runoffs, the Goodyear trailer will also be a great place to chill and watch the Runoffs races, as a big screen on the Goodyear trailer will offer the perfect place to kick back and relax while enjoying some of the best racing in the nation.
That Ain’t All
There’s this and more taking place at the SCCA Runoffs – from Worker of the Year awards to the Block Party and discounted spectator tickets, this is one race week not to miss. Still, if you have to miss it, rest easy knowing you can take in all of the race-day action online for free via SCCA’s streaming race coverage.
But you’ll really want to be there.
Photo by Andy Howe