CENTENNIAL, Colo. (May 7, 2002) - For the eighth-straight year, SPEED Channel will televise the crown jewel event of the Sports Car Club of America–the Valvoline Runoffs®.
All 48.0-mile Championship races, which highlight top drivers from around the country in an event revered as the “Olympics” of motosports, will be recorded and aired on the SPEED Channel network—the only network dedicated to provide comprehensive, authoritative coverage of motorsports.
For the second-straight year, each of the 24 races will be broadcast. Prior to 2001, five races were shown live each afternoon (a total of 15), with taped highlights of the morning contests shown on a time-permitting basis.
“We're excited to continue our relationship with the most exciting, competitive grassroots motorsports event in the world,” said David Lee, SPEED Channel Remote Motorsports Coordinating Producer. “It's a grueling weekend to produce 24 races, but both our road racing production crew and broadcast team are more than up for the challenge.”
Now in its ninth year at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the Valvoline Runoffs continue to grow in both number and stature. Despite being held one week following the September 11th attacks, the 2001 event saw a total of 639 competitors take the green flag in pursuit of the ultimate title in club road racing— SCCA National Champion.
“We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with SPEED Channel. They have been, and continue to be, a terrific partner with SCCA’s products,” said Steve Johnson, SCCA Inc. President and CEO. “When Fox purchased Speedvision, there was some concern as to the future of the Runoffs program. However, thanks in large part to our SCCA Pro Racing subsidiary’s relationship with SPEED Channel, we’re pleased to announce that television coverage will continue with the 2002 event.”
The year-end “runoff” originated in 1964 and alternated between Daytona International Speedway and Riverside Raceway, in Riverside, Calif., before settling at Road Atlanta for 24 years. Mid-Ohio began hosting the weeklong spectacle in 1994, with the event growing at a consistent rate since then. Now, the event stretches to seven days, with more than $1.4million in contingency payouts available.
Founded in 1944, the Sports Car Club of America, Inc. is a 65,000-member motorsports organization, which incorporates all facets of autocross, rally, and both club and professional motorsports events. It annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 109 regions and professional subsidiary. Landmark events for the Club include the Club Racing Valvoline Runoffs® National Championship races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the Tire Rack Solo II® Nationals and Tire Rack ProSolo® National Series at Topeka, Kansas, the ProRally® Championship and the United States Road Rally Championship, in St. Louis, Mo. For more information, please visit www.scca.org.
SPEED Channel, the nation’s fastest growing sports cable network, is the first and only 24-hour cable network devoted exclusively to motor sports and the human fascination for speed. In addition to extensive original NASCAR programming, SPEED Channel is home to much of the world’s marquee racing events including CART, F1, Classic Cars, LeMans, the American LeMans Series, World Rally, the SPEED World Challenge Championships and car shows from around the globe. Currently seen in more than 51 million homes, SPEED Channel was acquired by Fox Cable Networks Group in July 2001. For more information, please visit www.speedtv.com.