January 18th, 2011
The Sports Car Club of America will hold its annual National Championship Runoffs at Wisconsin's Road America through 2013. (Mark Weber/SCCA Photo)
TOPEKA, Kan. — The SCCA National Championship Runoffs will remain at Road America through the 2013 season.
The extension to the existing contract between the Sports Car Club of America and Road America, originally a three-year agreement through 2011, assures the annual event will remain in Wisconsin through the event’s 50th running. The 2011 event is scheduled for Sept. 19-25.
“Feedback from competitors and our members indicated that we should extend our relationship with Road America, but the reality is, assuring that the 50th Runoffs is at a track with an equal amount of history and significance is a natural fit,” said SCCA President and CEO Jeff Dahnert. “The 2013 event will be a historic milestone for both the Runoffs and Road America, and we’re looking forward to sharing it, and the next three Runoffs, with them.”
More than 600 competitors participated in 28 classes at the 2010 National Championship Runoffs, which included four days of qualifying and three days of racing.
“We’ve seen some of our season’s finest, most competitive racing action during the Runoffs,” said Road America President George Bruggenthies. “The extension through 2013, including the 50th anniversary, is a great compliment to our organization. We will work closely with the SCCA to plan a celebration that fits the incredible spirit and passion behind SCCA Club Racing.”
The SCCA National Championship Runoffs moved to Road America in 2009, following three years of racing at Heartland Park Topeka in Kansas. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, (1994-2005) and Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., (1970-1993) previously hosted the event that alternated in its early years between California’s Riverside Int’l Raceway (1964, 1966 and 1968) and Florida’s Daytona Int’l Speedway (1965, 1967 and 1969).
Dahnert said that the SCCA Board of Directors intends to initiate a selection process in 2012 for the event’s location following 2013.