Dear Potential Runoffs Participants,
I wanted to provide you a quick update on the email that was sent to drivers on January 13 regarding potential oversubscription at the 2017 Runoffs. If you’re asking “what email?” – don’t worry, for some reason not everyone received it and this will spell out what you need to know at this time. We've also added all licensed workers to the distribution as well.
Based on driver response to a survey we sent in December, we need to prepare for a record number of entries at the 2017 Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The suggestion of close to 1,000 entries far exceeds what we have allocated for paddock with the Speedway.
We are working with the Speedway to utilize additional space on the property for paddock. As I send this email, we have not received a confirmation that we can utilize the additional space, but we will work to find a way. This is not a commitment I take lightly. In fact, I will commit that my personal racecar will not enter the facility until everyone that is entered by the early deadline, and is qualified for an invitation, has a place to paddock at IMS. I’ve been to the last 12-straight Runoffs. I don’t intend to miss this one!
As a heads-up, we will likely have some additional paddock guidelines to ensure that we can fit everyone in. This might include a maximum footprint size for single cars, limited access for street vehicles, parking RVs in specified camping areas, etc. If you can team up with others to consolidate and save space, that would help immensely. With our Runoffs rotation, each track that we visit will have its own unique attributes, requiring us to be flexible. We appreciate everyone’s willingness to work together to help ensure great events.
If we do run out of space and need to limit total entries, this will be done equitably and based on the percentages the Majors and Divisional paths have historically contributed entries to the Runoffs. Again, we don’t foresee having to do this, but until we know we have all the space we need, we need a plan in our back pocket to implement. Unlike the initial announcement, this will not put the Divisional path in a position where it could be locked out.
As was stated in the January 13 email, if a class is oversubscribed, we have provisions for that. The survey results suggest that SM and SRF3 could have more than 72 entries (the track capacity). If that’s the case, we will use the GCR (section 6.4.3) to handle qualifying with multiple groups. While we can only put 72 cars on track for the National Championship race, a “Last Chance” qualifying race on Thursday for the slower qualifiers will give everyone the opportunity to take the green flag and run a race at Indy.
We will share more information as we have it available.
SCCA VP and COO