82 OCTOBER 2017 scca.com
FROM THE EDITOR
• Road Atlanta was set to
host the Runoffs once more,
so we tried to predict the
• The third annual IT Festival/
Pro-Vee Showdown, dubbed the
Runoffs for Regional-only
classes, took place at Heartland
• As is tradition, we took a shot
at predicting the winners of the
Runoffs. Some proved true –
others, not so much.
• The Honda S2000 Club
Racer hit the market and we
took the opportunity to take a
test drive at the famed
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
• The 1967 USRRC was a wrap,
and Mark Donohue claimed the
title, along with more than his
fair share of the $109,750 in
• Can-Am at Road America saw
Denny Hulme victorious in the
new McLaren Mk 6A.
n preparation for this year’s National Championship Runoffs, I received a call
from Mark Weber. Mark is probably SportsCar’s longest contributing
photographer, and he’s the only motorsports photographer I know of who
manages to race and take photos of his own race group. But that’s not why he
called. Rather, one of the topics was about a Spec Miata competitor who will be
paddocked alongside Mark at this year’s Runoffs – this competitor will be making
his Runoffs rookie debut. On the flip side of that coin is Mark, who has taken the
green flag in more than 50 Runoffs races. Mark also mentioned his ongoing
competition of Runoffs stamina with Prototype driver Richard Colburn, both
having competed in 30-plus years straight of the Runoffs – I believe Mark is
down by just one year. These are two great stories from one
conversation – there are more out there to be found.
Back to work, I continued editing this month’s features about Paul Schneider’s
Formula Enterprises attempt at the Runoffs, and the effort the Motorsports
F Production field come Indy. Outside of that, I’ve been
chatting with the previous editor of SportsCar, Richard James.
Richard is nearing his 30th year of SCCA membership and has
done just about everything the Club has to offer, from Flagging
and Communications to autocross, but he’s never competed at
the Runoffs. This year, that will change, and he’s spent the last
year and a half preparing for this moment.
Then there’s multi-time Runoffs champ Jesse Prather, who
spent the last year building an E Production racecar as a
tribute to his late friend and fellow racer Tom Thrash. Jesse put his all into this
first-gen RX- 7 build only to have the car sidelined during its first outing. Jesse
spent the season borrowing racecars to qualify for the Runoffs while slowly
rebuilding the car – a process that was completed barely a month and a half
before the Runoffs. The second outing went better, but he’s still facing an uphill
battle to have the car dialed in with such minimal time on the clock. I also
recently heard rumor of a National Champion from the Road Atlanta days set to
enter the Runoffs again for the first time in decades – what great stories!
It’s as if every time I turn around there’s another inspiring tale of
determination surrounding this year’s Runoffs – and there are a lot of people
going to the 2017 Runoffs. The problem is that with more than 1,000 drivers
entered, there are almost too many stories – although, as a storyteller, this is a
fantastic problem to have.
So my goal at this year’s Runoffs is to listen to these stories, and perhaps
select a few to grace the pages of SportsCar in the coming year. How will I find
these stories? I’m going to walk the paddock and strike up conversations over
beers, burgers, and campfires. And you know what, I bet this is going to be one
of my favorite Runoffs ever.
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