Mazda Raceway to Host 2014 SCCA Runoffs
The Sports Car Club of America has announced the host sites of the next three SCCA® National Championship Runoffs®, including the first visit for amateur road racing’s top event to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2014. Daytona International Speedway, in 2015, and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in 2016, will also hold events over the next three years.
The return to the west coast and Monterey’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca comes 50 years after the inaugural event at Riverside in 1964. The event alternated between Riverside and Daytona for six years.
“Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Daytona, and Mid-Ohio are three of the premier race tracks in the country, if not the world,” SCCA President & CEO Jeff Dahnert said. “Each is a true test of our racers and all have unique qualities to help us crown our National Champions.”
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca becomes just the seventh track to host the Runoffs in the event’s 50-year history, and the first time a National Champion will be crowned west of the Rocky Mountains since 1968 at Riverside International Raceway, in Riverside, Calif.
“We’re looking forward to taking this event back to the west coast,” Dahnert said. “There are few corners in racing as iconic as The Corkscrew, and for the first time it will impact who earns the title of National Champion.”
“The SCCA Runoffs embodies the true essence of sports car racing,” Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, said. “This is a great platform for amateur road racers and we are proud to be a part of the crowning of a National Champion.”
Dates for the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs will be confirmed at a later date. The event has traditionally taken pace in September or October. The 50th Runoffs will be held September 16-22, 2013, at Road America for the fifth consecutive year.
The event holds special synergy, as Mazda serves as both the track’s title sponsor and the official car of the SCCA.
“Club Racing is the heart and soul of Mazda Motorsports,” Director, Mazda Motorsports John Doonan said. “We are proud to help bring the biggest club racing event in the country to our home track for 2014. We’re thrilled that the SCCA will begin its second 50 years of Runoffs history at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.”
Riverside International Raceway (1964, 1966 and 1968), Daytona International Speedway (1965, 1967, 1969), Road Atlanta (1970-1993), Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (1994-2005), Heartland Park Topeka (2006-2008) and Road America (2009-2013) have previously hosted the Runoffs.
The SCCA National Championship Runoffs has crowned Club Racing National Champions in a winner-take-all single race format since 1964. Through 24 separate races over three days, the 2013 edition will crown champions in 28 Runoffs-eligible classes.
Founded in 1944, Sports Car Club of America, Inc. is a 60,000-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both amateur and professional levels. It annually sanctions more than 2,000 events through its 115 regions and professional subsidiary. Landmark events and series for the Club include the SafeRacer SCCA National Racing Series, which includes the U.S. Majors Tour and BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Super Tour; the Club Racing National Championship Runoffs® at Road America; and The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships and ProSolo Championship at Lincoln, Neb. and the annual SCCA National Convention and Hall of Fame Induction. For more information, please visit www.scca.com, like SCCA on Facebook at facebook.com/sccaofficial, or follow the club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.