Racers participating in the 2010 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® Presented by Subway at Road America, Sept. 20-26, will vie for their share of a pool of contingency awards worth $1.6 million. The record-setting contingency fund will be distributed not only to the National Champions in 29 classes, but throughout the field.
Automobile manufacturers have prepared significant programs for competitors displaying the strengths of their race cars.
Volkswagen of America not only supplies the Official Pace Cars of SCCA, it offers $5,000 to winners in the Showroom Stock C, Touring 3 and Super Touring® Under, with second and third place finishers earning $3,000 and $1,000. H Production, GT-2, GT-3, and GT-Lite drivers earn $2,000 for a win, $1,000 for second and $500 for third, with F Production and Formula Vee drivers earning $1,000, $750, and $500 for podium finishes in a Volkswagen.
Honda Performance Development offers each Honda and Acura driver who begins the Championship race a $500 bonus, along with a $100 parking fee reimbursement to help cover the costs of the event weekend. Race winners earn an additional $2500 from HPD, with $1,500 and $1,000 for second- and third-place finishes.
Mazda North American Operations offers $5,000 for a win in eligible classes, and $2,500 and $1,250 for podium finishes. Additionally, Mazda is offering eligible drivers up to $650 in tow money for the event.
Toyota/TRD offers up to $5,000 for a National Championship, and as much as $3,000 for a runner-up finish. Additionally, Toyota drivers earning the pole position will garner a $1,000 cash prize.
Nissan North America offers drivers in a Nissan 350Z, 370Z or Sentra $1,500 for a win. All non-current Nissan or Datsun model drivers can earn $750 for a title.
To go fast at the Runoffs, the rubber is just as important as the motor. BFGoodrich, Goodyear Tire, Hankook Racing Tire, Hoosier Racing Tire and Toyo Tires all offer programs to those who race on their products.
BFGoodrich has put together a unique program for National Champions, offering 12 tires and a seat in the SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race. Second through sixth-place finishers can earn up to six tires for the effort.
Goodyear-shod competitors will earn a $3,000 product certificate for a win, with $2,000 and $1,000 certificates for the remaining podium finishers.
Hankook is offering a product credit of $600 for a win, $450 for second and $300 for third.
National Champions on Hoosier rubber will earn four tires, plus an additional four tires for every 2011 SafeRacer SCCA Club Racing National event the driver enters.
Toyo offers cash awards, including a chart-topping $7,500 for a win, to the top five places in the Spec Miata race. In addition, the sixth through last place competitors will be entered into a drawing to win one of two $500 cash awards.
Those tires, of course, must be attached to wheels, and both Forgeline Motorsports and Panasport Racing Wheels offer contingencies for using their products.
Forgeline offers $500 for a win in eligible classes, along with cash for second and third-place finishes, while Panasport offers gift certificates for podium finishers, including $300 for race winners.
Brakes are among the most competitive contingency awards, with significant programs from Carbotech Performance Brakes, Hawk Performance, KFP Magnum Brake Pads and Prospeed.
The Official Brake Products of SCCA, Hawk is offering a 2011 product sponsorship for champions, with certificates for the top-10. Touring 1 competitors will earn cash prizes from Hawk for finishing in the top six, including $1,000 to the race winner.
Winners using Carbotech brakes will earn a canopy and product sponsorship for the 2011 season, with certificates offered for finishing second through 10th in the event.
KFP Magnum offers a $200 certificate for a win in eligible classes, along with $150 and $100 certificates for the remaining podium spots.
Prospeed offers six bottles of RS683 brake fluid to sixth-place finishers in every class.
Suspension components are another integral part of a race car, and AST Suspension and Hyperco both offer contingency programs.
AST offers drivers a $750 product credit for race winners, along with a $250 and $100 credit for second and fifth-place finishes. Hyperco is offering two free Hypercoils suspension coils for first and second-place finishers, with one free suspension coil to third-place finishers.
Fluids of all types are essential for a race car, and world-class companies are participating in this year's Runoffs contingency program.
Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA, will offer a $100 cash prize to the top finisher in every class, along with a $50 prize to the Sunoco Hard Charger for the driver who gains the most positions from the beginning of the race to the finish. Drivers in the GT-3 race are eligible for up to $1,000 for a top-six finish from the fuel company.
Mobil 1 and Red Line Synthetic Oil also offer top packages for racers using the premium oil brands.
Recently named the Official Oil of SCCA, Mobil 1 offers $500 cash and a Mobil 1 Racer Travel Kit that includes a suitcase, backpack, jacket, shirt and hat, among other prizes. Runners-up will receive a $400 product certificate, while third-place finishers will earn a $250 certificate.
Red Line matches the cash and product certificate amount for podium finishers, and includes a custom Red Line Oil driver's suit for winners.
Throughout the week of qualifying, Gumout, the Preferred Fuel System Additive of SCCA, is supporting racers with the Gumout Pole Award, rewarding fast qualifiers with a $350 cash bonus. GT-2 competitors can earn cash from Gumout for finishing in the top six, including a $1,000 prize for winning the race. Likewise, Black Magic, the Preferred Automotive Detailing Products of SCCA, is rewarding the top six finishers in the Touring 2 class with an identical payout.
Technology has become a racer's friend, both before, during and after the on-track sessions.
To encourage drivers to use the Official Racing Simulation of SCCA, iRacing.com is offering a free one-year subscription for a win, and a one-month subscription for podium finishers.
Most drivers are using some type of in-car video and data systems to help improve lap times. Race Technology USA is offering significant discounts on their DL1, DL2 or AX22 systems and accessories to podium finishers not already using their products and gift certificates for parts and upgrades to those who are.
Race-Keeper is offering $250 cash to winners and $150 product credit to podium finishers for supporting their video and data logger, while Chasecam offers $150 to all race winners. AiM Sports is offering an AiM SmartyCam for a Runoffs race win at Road America in select classes.
Racing service providers are also supporting customers with contingencies. Williams Racing Developments rewards eligible class winners, fifth, and 10th place finishers $300, $200, and $100 product credit. Meanwhile, Taylor Racing Engineering is rewarding fourth-place finishers with a $250 product certificate, while Tilton Engineering offers product certificates up to $100 for first through fifth place.
Several retail outlets for accessories also offer contingencies. Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies offers fourth, fifth and sixth-place finishers gift certificates worth up to $75 in each race. Summit Racing Equipment offers top-four finishers in eligible classes up to $100 in select classes, and Chassistools.com offers sixth-place finishers a Longacre digital tire pressure gauge and all program participants a 10% discount on Longacre products. Third place finishers can receive a $150 G-Force product certificate from Racer Wholesale, while Bald Spot Sports offers a free Creafoam Seat Kit for winners in eligible classes.
Pace American, the Official Trailer of SCCA, is offering cash to the top-six finishers in the E Production class, including $1,000 to the race winner. All classes can earn contingency from Holliday Canopies, whose program offers a $300 Custom Road Racing Canopy product certificate for a podium finish. Current owners can claim a $150 cash price in lieu of the product discount. Grassroots Motorsports Magazine is awarding subscribers who win in any class a $100 prize.
Spec Racer Ford and Formula Enterprises competitors can win $800, $400 or $200 from SCCA Enterprises for finishing on the podium. Staubli is offering the same classes $150 product certificates for drivers finishing first, fifth, 10th, and 15th. Touring car category National Champions, under a program offered by World Challenge, will receive free entries for the 2011 season if the winner chooses to make the leap to SCCA Pro Racing. Other podium finishers will receive a single-event entry if they choose to extend their racing career to the Pro Racing ranks.
More than 630 participants have already registered to fight for Championships in 28 different classes, following four days of qualifying in the days leading up to the races.
All 24 races will be aired live through SpeedcastTV.com beginning Friday, Sept. 24 and concluding Sunday, Sept. 26.
For more information on these contingency programs and how to register to participate, visit http://www.scca.com/contingencies.aspx?hub=1&cid=14. Drivers must register for contingency programs prior to competing and are encouraged to do so online before Sept. 8. Following that date, participants can register at the track. Program descriptions should be read carefully to ensure all requirements are met. Failure to meet any listed requirements will result in forfeiting of awards.