TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 14, 2004) – Sports Car Club of America’s crown jewel road racing event, the SCCA National Championship Runoffs® Presented by Kohler, will once again be broadcast in its entirety on SPEED Channel.
Held at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Sept. 24-26, the SCCA Runoffs annually crown the Champions of the largest Club Racing program worldwide, with more than 700 drivers expected to compete for 24 separate class titles.
“There is no other event like the Runoffs in the world, and it is the only amateur motorsports event to garner this type of television coverage,” SCCA President and CEO Steve Johnson said. “We’re thrilled to again work with our television partner SPEED Channel to bring this unique event to the public, and promote the efforts of our top Club Racers.”
SPEED Channel, which began broadcasting the SCCA Runoffs when it launched in 1996, will air all 24 races in one-hour television shows beginning Saturday, Nov. 20th, running on weekend days through December. It marks the fourth-consecutive year that all 24 races will be aired on the network.
"This is the 'Super Bowl' of Club racing, and we take the SCCA Runoffs very seriously,” SPEED Channel Coordinating Producer David Lee said. “The shows are produced on par with our coverage of professional road racing, including interfaced timing and scoring, on-board cameras, and a crew of nearly one hundred people. Doing twenty-four races in three days is always a challenge, but we'll be ready."
Several familiar faces and some new ones will cover the challenging event, which entails eight full hours of programming going live-to-tape each of the three race days. Longtime SCCA member and worker Greg Creamer will co-anchor the event with Brian Drebber, who last visited the Runoffs for the 2002 event. Expert commentary will come from former Runoffs competitor Mike Johnson and Jim Tretow. Pit lane commentators will include Runoffs veterans John Bisignano, Sandy Heng, Chris Neville and newcomer Ken Stout.
Practice and qualifying for the 41st running of the SCCA National Championship Runoffs Presented by Kohler begins Sept. 20, with eight races being run each day from Friday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 26. For more information about the SCCA Runoffs, please visit www.scca.com. For more information about SPEED Channel, including a full program schedule, please visit www.speedtv.com.
For the Television Broadcast Schedule, go to http://www.scca.com/Event/Event.asp?Ref=04Runoffs|tvinfo
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