Centennial, Colo.—The Sports Car Club of America’s Club Racing division announced today that all 24 races at its 2001 National Championship event, the SCCA Valvoline Runoffs®, will be televised on the Speedvision Network.
Each of the 45.6-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 Speedvision— the only network dedicated to provide comprehensive, authoritative coverage of the automotive, motorcycle, aviation and marine industries.
This will be the first time in the six years of televised Runoffs that all of the races will be broadcast. Previously, five races were shown live each afternoon (a total of 15), with taped highlights of the morning contests being shown on a time-permitting basis.
“The SCCA Valvoline Runoffs is one of the most important events on our schedule, and we're excited to expand Speedvision's coverage so that each Championship race is televised,” said David Lee, Remote Motorsports Coordinating Producer for the Speedvision Network. “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 eighth year at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the Valvoline Runoffs continue to grow in both number and stature. The 2000 event saw a total of 622 competitors take the green flag in pursuit of the ultimate title in club road racing— SCCA National Champion.
Steve Johnson, President and CEO of the Sports Car Club of America, views this television program as the country's picture window into the SCCA.
“The exposure of the event on Speedvision gives the racing fan the opportunity to see some of the finest automotive competition anywhere,” said Johnson. “It shows them that the SCCA is indeed a major force in racing and that they can be a part of the action. These competitors are all everyday people with real jobs who race just as hard as anyone.”
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 week-long spectacle in 1994 and has seen it grow continuously since then.
With a contingency posting of more than $1.4 million dollars, the Runoffs continues to rank as one of the premier motorsports spectacles in the world. This year the event will feature the FRAM Filters Challenge for GT-1 cars and the Sunoco Race Fuels Championship for the GT-3 class.