SCCA Announces Rotating Sites for 2014-'16 Runoffs
- The SCCA Runoffs will be held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2014, Daytona International Speedway in 2015 and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2016.
- The venues are described as three of the premier racetracks in the country, according to organizers.
- The decision to rotate venues is a break from recent tradition.
MONTEREY, California — The SCCA National Championship Runoffs, the pinnacle of amateur sports car racing since 1964, will visit Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2014, Daytona International Speedway in 2015 and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2016.
Next year's 51st running will represent a departure from the practice of scheduling long-term tenures at one track.
"The future of the Runoffs has been a topic of discussion amongst the SCCA Board of Directors and the National Staff for well over a year," said Jeff Dahnert, SCCA CEO, in a statement. "We had two goals for the event moving forward — to move the event around the country geographically, and to continue to visit the country's top tracks. We've accomplished both."
Those races will launch the second half-century of the Runoffs, which were first held at Riverside International Raceway in southern California. The Daytona race in 2015 will mark a return to the Florida track that was site of the event in 1965, 1967 and 1969.
The event sometimes referred to as "the Olympics of racing" returns to California for the first time since 1968 next year at Mazda Raceway. It returns to a familiar venue, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, in 2016.
This year's 50th Runoffs are scheduled for September 16-22 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, where the event has been held each year since 2009.
For its first six years, the event alternated between Riverside and Daytona. From 1970-'93, it was a fixture at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, and from 1994-2005, it was at Mid-Ohio. Three races were held at Heartland Park Topeka in Kansas from 2006-'08.
Mazda Raceway will be the seventh track to host the event, which has gone by its present name, usually abbreviated to "the Runoffs," since 1987.
The Runoffs includes a week of practice and qualifying culminating in championship races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for two dozen classes of sports cars, including production-based and purpose-built machines. Drivers compete for trophies and contingency prizes, but the event offers no prize money.
Edmunds says: Many of the "amateurs" are accomplished racers and the event itself is an institution, drawing as many as 1,000 or more entries.