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TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 24, 2018) -- The Sports Car Club of America® has officially announced the 2019 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs® will be held October 8-13 at beautiful VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia. This will be the very first time the Runoffs has been held at the sprawling venue located near the border of Virginia and North Carolina.

 

“We’re thrilled to take amateur racing’s most prestigious event to one of the most beautiful and challenging racetracks in the country, returning it to the Eastern United States for the first time since 2015,” said Eric Prill, SCCA Vice President & COO.  “The VIR visit continues SCCA’s current practice of moving the Runoffs to different locations around the country each year.  And with the amazing track, facility and backdrop VIR offers, we’re sure the Runoffs will be a ‘must-attend’ for our entire membership and racing fans alike in 2019, and a fantastic way to cap SCCA’s 75th anniversary year.”

 

Recognized as one of Car and Driver magazine’s top six road courses in the nation, VIR draws thousands of spectators each year for some of the best road racing in the country. Its uphill Esses and sharp elevation changes not only make it a fan and driver favorite, but VIR has also received international acclaim and rave reviews as one of the most exciting road courses in all of motorsports.

 

Connie Nyholm, VIR’s Owner and CEO, noted that the track first opened in 1957 as one of the country’s first permanent road racing circuits. Recognizing greatness, the 3.27-mile track -- which will be used for the Runoffs -- has remained exactly the same since, with the only change being widening some places to offer safer run-off room.

 

“I can't tell you how excited we are to welcome the best amateur drivers in the U.S. for the 56th edition of the Runoffs,” Nyholm said.  “SCCA sanctioned the very first race here, and again in March 2000 when Harvey Siegel and I re-opened the resurrected VIR. Having the 2019 Runoffs will be an important part of VIR's history."

 

The first official event at VIR was an SCCA race that attracted stars like Carroll Shelby, Carl Haas, Bob Holbert, Augie Pabst, Don Yenko, Dr. Dick Thompson and Walt Hansgen. The track became a fixture in SCCA racing and a favorite among racers due to its high-speed straights, challenging turns and dramatic elevation changes.  Today, the venue plays host to the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge.

 

While racing is the heart of VIR, the expansive 1,300-acre property is so much more. America’s first true “motorsport resort,” it’s an entire vacation destination with a number of onsite hotel and lodging options. Within the property’s rolling hills and miles of lush forest, guests can enjoy unique amenities such as the exclusive Driver’s Club, dining options, spa, karting, skid pad, and even shooting sports. Located near Danville and South Boston, Virginia, the circuit is within 45 minutes of 1,500 hotel rooms and 100 restaurants. Contact VIR at lodge@virnow.com or call (434) 822-7700 x101 for lodging assistance.

 

The Runoffs, which caps the Summit Racing Equipment SCCA Road Racing program each year, has evolved into what is now commonly agreed to be the pinnacle of American motorsports.  Since 1964, the SCCA has crowned National Champions at the winner-take-all, single race Runoffs format through dozens of separate races over three days.  In 2019, there will be three days of qualifying, followed by three days of racing. VIR joins Riverside (1964, 1966, 1968), Daytona International Speedway (1965, 1967, 1969, 2015), Road Atlanta (1970-1993), Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (1994-2005, 2016), Heartland Motorsports Park (2006-2008), Road America (2009-2013), Laguna Seca (2014), Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2017) and Sonoma Raceway (2018) as Runoffs hosts.

 

While the SCCA looks forward to the 56th Runoffs at VIR in 2019, racers are currently qualifying for the 2018 Runoffs being held October 16-21 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California.  The traditional 12-turn, 2.52-mile course layout will be used for that event.

 

About the Sports Car Club of America:
The Sports Car Club of America®, Inc., founded in 1944, is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both Club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 116 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA's activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Chevrolet, the Official Truck of the SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Mobil 1, the Official Oil of SCCA; Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA; and Tire Rack, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA. To learn more, please visit www.scca.com.

 

Photo: An aerial view of VIRginia International Raceway
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Will be a good choice as I think SCCA will need it as I think the trip west last time has broke the desire for most of us to want to head west again.

VIR will bring a lot of competitors

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Love this track! 

Yes and its not a million mile drive for most of us except the west coasters. Will make the effort to get there this year.


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What's the record for most SM's to ever start a race?  Could be broken at this event. 


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IIRC, 78 cars is the limit for the track. I believe they were very close to that last Spring at the SARRC/MARRS Challenge, which I decided not to do...


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Will be a good choice as I think SCCA will need it as I think the trip west last time has broke the desire for most of us to want to head west again.

VIR will bring a lot of competitors

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So taking the drama portion of it out of the equation...basically time and expense to haul across the country being the main issue? 


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IIRC, 78 cars is the limit for the track. I believe they were very close to that last Spring at the SARRC/MARRS Challenge, which I decided not to do...

 

Says the layout is 3.27 miles. At 25 cars per mile ... that is 81.75 cars + 10% if approved by Chief Steward would = 89.925 (90) cars.


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I've been in several races at VIR that had a Code 35. I honestly don't see what the problem with it is. It worked without issue and prevented the need for a black flag. No big deal.


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What's the record for most SM's to ever start a race?  Could be broken at this event. 

 

88 Miatas finished (plus two that went less than half race distance, so 90 starters) at VIR at the 2007 SARRC/MARRS Challenge, albeit mixed group of SM and SSM.


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Unfortunately it's a 20 hour tow for me. Sonoma is 29 hours. I might have to wait for 2020 lol.



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So taking the drama portion of it out of the equation...basically time and expense to haul across the country being the main issue? 

About 6 months ago I had a conversation about the 14 runoffs. I was asked if I had my choice right now would I rather had won or had the money back I spent to compete. Without hesitation, I answered I would have much rather have the money. I don't feel that way about ANY other runoffs that I ran. The cost for us was at least 3x the norm. I think we can go west and participate in the Runoffs for 1.5x or so. But I really dont have much interest in going without what I feel is a reasonable opportunity of competing. I realize that is not everyone's goal, but that's a big part for me. To do that would require a few visits( at least for me) and that puts us back at the 3.5x number :(

 

While many didn't like the venue, I didn't do all that well and I think it was a bit of a crap shoot.. Daytona to me was the most bang for the buck . We rented houses on the beach, brought the family.. the family had plenty to do besides racing..  I think VIR is a great place, only been there once.. But I think it will be similar to Mid Ohio with regards to bringing family and things to do other than at the track. 


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Raced more than once in 90 car SM fields at VIR. We can easily break the record there.
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I really enjoy vir as a race track and I am positive I will be bringing lots of cars for this Runoffs!!
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Says the layout is 3.27 miles. At 25 cars per mile ... that is 81.75 cars + 10% if approved by Chief Steward would = 89.925 (90) cars.

 

Okay, guess I don't remember correctly  :unsure: . I remember emails going out last Spring about changes to the groupings because they exceeded the limit (think they tried to combine an IT group with us, then went back to SM & SSM). So, maybe the number was 82 without further approval..? 


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At Sebring a couple of weeks ago, we talked about having a future Runoffs there. Lot's of paved paddock, track can easily hold 90 cars and ease of pulling stranded cars. Only thing we thought might need to be fixed is put up safer barrier in place of tires at 17. A late October date would work in the area. But, yes, a return to Daytona and Indy would be fine. I can't see many making long haul to left coast from right coast. We'll see.

 

VIR is going to be a heck of a race. Remember, Roxboro, NC and South Boston, VA are only about 25 minutes from track and both have 3 or 4 hotels. Make your reservations ASAP. Plenty of restaurants in both towns. Danville is a bit closer if you can find one to reserve. And if you have big bucks, there is the hotel on property at VIR.



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Yassss!  The only chance I have to win a Runoffs ... but will most likely finish second by 0.008 seconds again like every other race lol.

 

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Yassss!  The only chance I have to win a Runoffs ... but will most likely finish second by 0.008 seconds again like every other race lol.

 

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