INDIANAPOLIS (May 25, 2019) – Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) and Sports Car Club of America announced today that the annual SCCA National Championship Runoffs will return to the road course at IMS Sept. 25-Oct. 3, 2021, for the 58th running of the unique championship motorsport event.
Mike Cobb, SCCA President/CEO, said this will be only the second time in Runoffs history that the event has been staged at IMS. The first visit occurred in 2017 and was a massive success for both IMS and SCCA.
“Back in 2017, we felt pretty sure the Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway would be a ‘hit’ with SCCA road racing competitors, but that event exceeded even our wildest dreams,” Cobb said. “It was the largest event in Runoffs history, with 969 entries, and produced both great racing and great memories. We simply couldn’t wait to return to that legendary facility, and I’m confident our return in 2021 will be just as exhilarating for all involved.”
J. Douglas Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and a former SCCA competitor, noted that the histories of IMS and SCCA are intrinsically linked. Many SCCA racers have gone on to compete at the Indy 500, with Mark Donohue and Bobby Rahal currently the only drivers to earn both a Runoffs title and Indy 500 win during their careers.
“There are many drivers, owners and crew who started in SCCA competition and later went on to compete at the Indianapolis 500 over the years,” Boles said. “Hosting the SCCA National Championship at Indianapolis Motor Speedway remains a natural fit for both organizations and offers those actively involved in motorsports the opportunity to compete at the Racing Capital of the World.”
While the SCCA looks forward to the 58th Runoffs at IMS in 2021, SCCA Vice President/COO Eric Prill said racers are currently qualifying for the 2019 Runoffs being held for the first time ever at VIRginia International Raceway Oct. 8-13 in Alton, Virginia; followed by the 2020 Runoffs to be conducted at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. However, today’s announcement about returning to IMS will certainly create a great deal of excitement within SCCA’s racing community.
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