WHO WILL WIN?
There’s no need to belabor the point. Of our 28 predictions for who will win their classes at this year’s National
Championship Runoffs, we wouldn’t be at
all surprised if we got every single one
wrong. But that’s why we love SCCA
National Championship racing – at
winner-take-all races, anything can happen.
A few years back, multi-class race groups
were introduced at the Runoffs. That test
was well received by most competitors, and
the concept has stuck around. This year,
something else is being tried: There will be
four days of racing, rather than the
traditional three. This schedule is
advantageous for a number of reasons, the
most obvious being that many competitors
will only need to be at the track for four
days, with more than 10 classes only having
to attend for a total of three days.
The first race group will hit Road
America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on Thursday,
Sept. 20, at 9: 25 a.m., with the final race of
the day coming to a close around 3 p.m. –
qualifying for other classes will sandwich
the races in the morning and evening. The
same general schedule will continue
through Saturday, with Sunday, Sept. 23,
being the only day with no qualifying
sessions on track.
There are more advantages to this new
schedule than meet the eye. To find out
more, you should read the Chairman of the
SCCA Board of Directors Jerry Wannarka’s
column in this issue on pg. 10.
This year’s Runoffs will also see a race
within a race, as well as a supplemental class
competing. SSC, in possibly its final year at
the Runoffs, will have a separate podium
celebration and contingency offering for cars
competing in the class under the B-Spec
rules allowance. And, in the STU group,
competitors who met the Runoffs
qualifications while competing in Super
Touring Light in the 2012 SafeRacer SCCA
National Racing Series will be able to enter
STL at the Runoffs as a supplemental class.
STL will feature a split start from STU and
have its own podium celebration, although
the drivers will not be racing for a
If you’re not competing, crewing, or
volunteering, you need to get to Road
America to watch. The Runoffs has produced
some of the most spectacular racing
anywhere, and this year will be no different.
And if you can’t make it to the track, keep an
eye on www.scca.com/runoffs for live timing
and scoring and a live video stream of
But the truth is, you’re probably reading
these pages to find out who we think will
take the gold at this year’s Runoffs.
Here we go...
SportsCar Grasps at Straws in an Attempt to Predict
the Winner of the 2012 National Championship Runoffs
Road America | Elkhart Lake, Wis. | Sept. 20-23, 2012