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Agold rush brought the masses to Northern California in 1848, all looking to strike it rich. Now,
in October, SCCA road racers will be
heading to Sonoma Raceway to try and
lay claim to a gold medal as the track
hosts the SCCA National Championship
Runoffs for the first time.
Sonoma Raceway is steeped with
racing history, all of which started with
an SCCA enduro on Dec. 1, 1968.
Those who make the trek west this year
will be treated to the same 2.52-mile,
12-turn road course configuration that
has confounded many a racer through
the decades. With 160 feet of daring
elevation change complicating several
sublimely difficult blind turns, even
the most seasoned of racers will be
put to the test. Yet, despite facing this
challenging course, it took just a week
for roughly 400 SCCA racers to enter
what marks the third Runoffs on the
West Coast in the last 50 years. And
the entry count is continuing to grow.
As is the case every year, our crack
team of prognosticators took up the
task of trying to predict who might
win come this year’s Runoffs. So, who
will stand on the podium come that
Oct. 19-21 race weekend? Honestly,
we haven’t the faintest idea, but that
has never stopped us from guessing.
Sometimes we even strike gold
with our predictions – 40-percent
of the time, it works every time.
If you were to look for a trend in
our predictions, you’ll find a lot of
West Coast names rising to the top,
as the mantra of locals rule seemed
a popular one. But truth be told,
Sonoma Raceway typically only
hosts one SCCA event per year, so
even the locals aren’t deftly familiar
with this wine country road course.
However, those with even the slightest
bit of prior track knowledge could
have the edge they need to win.
Did we get our picks right? Not a
chance – but hopefully we got a few.
So, turn the page and start reading
about your favorite classes, if for
no other reason than to mock our
ridiculous podium predictions.
SIGHTS TO SEE
Located in the heart
of wine country
members at Sonoma
Raceway will find
no shortage of
things to do while
not at the track.