The 60th running of the SCCA® National Championship Runoffs® on Sept. 23-Oct. 1, 2023, saw action that astounded and amazed. We would say the race of the Runoffs weekend was Super Touring® Under, where pro-turned-Club racer Chip Herr started second on the grid, spun to the back of the field by Turn 3, then won it all with a 37 second margin of victory – but that was only one of a number of unbelievable races that took place at VIRginia International Raceway during the Runoffs Hagerty Race Days. Want to read about them? Look no further.
An amazing 23 races highlighted the Runoffs weekend, with in-depth writeups taking place on SCCA.com – all of which are linked below. But before we get there, indulge us while we dive into a few other notables – like, for instance, how SCCA crowned 24 National Champions when there were only 23 races.
Spec Miata – it’s no hyperbole to say that this was one for the record books. The race began with a heart-stopping crash and immediate black flag, but on the restart, the battles got so intense that in the end, no one knew who won. Literally. Timing and Scoring initially marked this as Preston Pardus’s fourth Spec Miata National Championship title, crossing the stripe 0.003sec before defending Spec Miata Champ Nicholas Bruni, but upon inspection of the high-speed camera at start/finish, not one official could say who won. Ultimately, the race was ruled a “dead heat,” with Pardus and Bruni becoming SCCA’s first co-Champions – and the drivers couldn’t have been happier.
F Production was a knockdown, drag-out battle that saw the top position incessantly swapped. The winner of that race had been vying for a National Championship title for more than 20 years, so even the others on the podium were ecstatic for him.
Formula 600 and Formula Vee delivered top-rate performances for the gold worthy of study in racing schools. Sportsmanship, strategy, patience, indecision, and luck all played into the equation, with the F600 winner over the moon after a hard-fought, cat-and-mouse battle, and the FV winner being disappointed for the shot at the gold that second place didn’t get.
What were some of the other top races? Spec Racer® Ford Gen3, of course, as well as American Sedan, GT-2, Touring 4, H Production, B-Spec, and – honestly – just about all of them. So click the links below to read up on what happened when your favorite class raced for 2023 Runoffs gold.
2023 Runoffs Recaps
- Workers of the Year: Road Racing Workers of the Year Announced at ’23 VIR Runoffs
- Tire Rack Pole Awards: 2023 Runoffs Tire Rack Pole Award Winners from VIR
- American Sedan®: Through Smoke, Richardson Claims 1st in American Sedan
- B-Spec: Hromin Takes Popular First B-Spec Victory On Sunday at VIR
- E Production: Ira Victorious in Shortened E Production Race
- F Production: Kannard Breaks Through With His First Runoffs Gold in FP
- H Production: Schaafsma Goes Flag-to-Flag to Defend HP Championship
- Formula 600: Stewart Hangs on in F600 for Second Runoffs Win
- Formula Continental®: Allaers Finish 1-2 in Formula Continental Runoffs Race
- Formula Enterprises® 2: Turner Tilts To First Formula Enterprises 2 National Championship
- Formula F: Allaer Claims First Formula F Win For Ford Since 2011
- Formula Vee®: Andrew Whitston Takes Third FV Runoffs Win, Claims Super Sweep
- GT-2: Odrick Tackles GT-2, Scores a Championship
- GT-3: Ave Goes Wire To Wire For GT-3 Championship
- GT-Lite: GT-Lite Win Earns Fuller First National Championship, Super Sweep
- Prototype 1: Vanacore Elevated to First, Wins Runoffs Gold in Prototype 1
- Prototype 2: Pancea Sets P2 Pace To Earn First Runoffs Title
- Spec Miata: First-Ever Runoffs Co-Champions: Bruni & Pardus in SM
- Spec Racer® Ford Gen3: Futrelle Fends Off Teammates for SRF3 Victory
- Super Touring® Lite: Moser Makes it Five with Intense STL Runoffs Battle
- Super Touring® Under: Herr Scores Redemption and STU Gold at the Runoffs
- Touring 1: Aquilante Bags 14th Career Championship in T1 in Flag to Flag Victory
- Touring 2: Back-To-Back For Rezzetano in T2 to Close Out 2023 Runoffs
- Touring 3: Steve Ott Takes the Title Over Brother Jason and T3 Field
- Touring 4: Anderson Starts On Pole, Then Gets More in Touring 4
Photo by Jon Krolewicz / Staff