TOPEKA, Kan. (September 17, 2007) – Club Racers won’t just be walking away with medals, bragging rights and a place in racing history at this year’s SCCA National Championship Runoffs Presented by AT&T. Dozens of contingency programs will offer a wide array of cash and prizes totaling more than $1.4 million.
Several contingency sponsors are posting in the six digit range including Mazda and Nissan. Both automakers will offer $5,000 to victors driving their product. With payouts for second and third as well as tow money, Mazda’s program offers more than $130,000, while Nissan will post a $1,000 bonus for a pole position and a $500 start bonus, totaling $121,000.
Subaru and General Motors are also offering $5,000 for a win. Volkswagen, the Official Pace Car of SCCA, will pay its winners anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 for a win, with additional payouts for second and third, plus a $1,000 pole position bonus. Toyota, BMW and Ford each have strong programs in place as well.
Not included in Mazda’s sum is the most generous prize in Runoffs History, a new Mazda MX-5, complete with Mazdaspeed kit to prepare the car for competition in the SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup. For the second year in-a-row, Mazda will invite all Runoffs Champions driving Mazdas to a shootout to determine who will walk away with the grand prize. Last year’s winner, 2006 SCCA Spec Miata Champion Andrew Caddell, collected two MX-5 Cup wins in 2007 and ended the season second in the Championship.
Six digit programs are posted by three tire companies as well. Hoosier will be giving a set of tires to any SCCA National Champions running their rubber and will continue to supply a set to the Champ for any Club Racing National he or she enters in 2008. Goodyear-shod racers can earn $3,000 worth of tires for a Runoffs victory with decreasing certificate values for second and third. Hankook’s program pays $4,000 cash for a win, with further payouts for second and third. Toyo Tires will also post $4,000 for the Spec Miata winner. Yokohama will pay $1,000 to the Formula Atlantic Champion.
A win on Kumho tires in one of six classes will net the most cash however: $5,000.
A smattering of other race supply and service companies are posting everything from cash, to a trailer, to helmets. Valvoline will offer cash prizes to eligible top-three finishers, including $1,000 for a win. Carrying on with tradition, Red Line Oil will continue to award top-three finishers registered for their program with a custom driver suit, while Racer Wholesale will be giving away a G-Force helmet as a “hard luck” award to the eligible starter in each race who completes the least number of laps. SCCA Enterprises will award the Spec Racer Ford winner with a set of wheels and complete engine rebuild.
Forgeline Motorsports is a new contingency sponsor this year, posting cash prizes in eight classes. Taylor Race Engineering returns in 2007 to offer the “just missed the podium award,” issuing a $300 product certificate to eligible competitors who finish fourth. Long time Runoffs supporters Summit Racing and Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Product of SCCA, return with excellent programs for 2007.
Sunoco again sponsors the “Hard Charger Award” to the racer who advances the most spots from the grid to the checkered flag in each class. Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies adds further prizes to those drivers in five classes.
Pace, the Official Trailer of SCCA, brings a new and exciting program to Runoffs with the Pace Hot Pursuit Award. In all 25 classes, the driver who has the least variance between his or her qualifying times will be entered to win a new Pace Pursuit® trailer. From those names along with 28 Solo competitors, a winner will be drawn at random.
Of course, competitors won’t see any prizes without registering first. Visit the Runoffs contingency page at for more information about all the programs available and to download the required paperwork. Registration is completed at Driver Information at the event.
The SCCA National Championship Runoffs® Presented by AT&T, The Pinnacle of American Motorsports, will crown Sports Car Club of America’s Club Racing National Champions for the 44th-consecutive year in 2007. The best amateur drivers from across North America convene on Heartland Park Topeka’s 2.5-mile road course each fall in what is considered the “Olympics” of motorsports.