The Runoffs Appearance Fund launched in 2020 to assist racers in their journey tothe National Championship Runoffs. Last year,
$20 from each U.S. Majors Tour entry fee wentinto an Appearance Fund escrow account, andby season’s end, the fund totaled $68,596.
“The number of paid positions for each classin each Conference point standings and HoosierSuper Tour point standings was determinedby the average number of class entries atall U.S. Majors Tour events [Super Tour andConference Majors], including Majors substituteentries that were purchased,” explains DeannaFlanagan, SCCA’s Director of Road Racing.
At the end of the season, the entire fundis then distributed to drivers based on theirfinishing position in one of the six MajorsConference Championships or the Hoosier SuperThe SCCA Pro Racing Trans Am Series presented by Pirelliwill bring TA2 American muscleto the inaugural 2021 Music CityGrand Prix in Nashville, Tenn.,during the Aug. 6-8 festival ofspeed, sound, food, and fun.
“We are pleased to partnerwith Music City Grand Prix tobring Trans Am’s TA2 poweredby AEM to Nashville,” said JohnClagett, president, Trans Am RaceCompany. “TA2 is our fastest
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growing class which races some
of America’s most iconic muscle
cars side-by-side. Nashville is a
great city to celebrate American
muscle cars – it’s a city that
embraces Americana with a touch
of nostalgia while offering up high-
octane entertainment – Trans
Am is that too, and therefore a
perfect addition to the event.”
Several of Music City Grand
Prix’s investors were instrumental
in bringing the Trans Am Series
Series is a dream come true,”
said Borchetta. “Working with the
Music City Grand Prix team over
the last several years to bring
IndyCar back to Nashville has
already been very gratifying. Now,
knowing that the team and I get
to be part of our hometown Grand
Prix and get the chance to race
through the streets – and across
the bridge – downtown, this
weekend has a huge circle around
it on all of our calendars.”
The Runoffs Appearance Fund is back for 2021.
Trans Am’s TA2 class will hit the streetsonce more, this time in Tennessee.
Tour point standings prior to the Runoffs – thedriver must also attend the Runoffs. In addition,the Appearance Fund only pays out to racerswhose straight-line mileage to the Runoffs isgreater than 300 miles, with the maximummileage paid being capped at 3,000 miles.
“Two-hundred-forty-one drivers finishedin a paid position and attended the Runoffs,”Flanagan explains of the 2020 SCCA RoadRacing season. “Sixty-five of those drivers livedwithin 300 miles of Road America so they wereexcluded from the payout, meaning 176 driversreceived a payment. The total mileages of these
176 drivers were added and divided by the
total amount in the escrow account to come
up with a per mile rate of $0.39 per mile. Each
driver’s straight-line mileage was multiplied by
the per-mile rate to determine their payout.”
Drivers only received one payout per class even
if they finished in a paid position in more than one
points standing in a single class. And, if any of the
eligible paid positions did not attend the Runoffs,
the fee was not paid farther down the points list.
Because of the way the Appearance Fundis calculated, not all classes pay out to thesame number of positions. However, there aresimilarities. In 2020, the Appearance Fundpaid two or three racers for most classes,with exceptions being GT- 2 ( 4 drivers) andSTL ( 5 drivers); SM and SRF3, meanwhile,paid 10 drivers each. The minimum 2020
Appearance Fund payment was $134.81, andthe maximum payment was $1,171.77.
The Runoffs Appearance Fund returns for 2021utilizing the same calculation methodology.
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race to life. Stanton Barrett, Americanracecar driver, Scott Borchetta, CEOand president, Big Machine LabelGroup, and Justin Marks, formerracecar driver, will race in the event.
“The opportunity to be ableto race in the first-ever Music CityGrand Prix weekend in the Trans Am
Greg LeMond is arguably best known for winning the Tour de France in 1986, ’89,and ’90, but in the 1990s, he was also a racecar driver in the SCCA Spec RacerFord pro series and eventually the then-SCCA Pro Racing-sanctioned F2000 series.
In December 2020, LeMond was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal. B o b M ical(CC)