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This Oct. 3-11 will see hundreds of racers descend onRoad America for the 2020 National ChampionshipRunoffs. Here’s who we think will claim the gold
WORDS J. Michael Hemsley, Philip Royle, Tom Schultz, Reece White, Jeff Zurschmeide
IMAGE Jeff Loewe
If we presented an award for editorial brilliance appearing within our Who Will Win the Runoffs predictions, itwould go to the author of this magicalnugget: “In short, we don’t knowwhat’s going to happen, and neitherdo you.” We’ll leave you to discoverthat excellence in prose amongstthe forthcoming glut of pages thatpreview the 26 racing classes set tobattle at Road America this Oct. 3-11for SCCA National Championshipglory, but within those words rests anundeniable truth that SportsCar writerReece White utterly nailed: This story,my friends, is guesswork at its best.
OK, perhaps “at its best” isoverselling it a smidge. But regardless,we’re largely proud of what we’ve done.
So, what have we done? Gladyou asked. We’ve pored over
2020 race results, points races,social media hearsay, and read avariety of tea leaves to land uponour top three picks in each racingclass at the forthcoming 2020
National Championship Runoffs.
What’s that you ask? What’s theRunoffs? Well, my friends, it’s the SCCAroad race you want to win each year.
Season championships are challenging,but the Runoffs is an annual winner-take-all title bout on an unbelievablescale. Past winners include SkipBarber, Bobby and Graham Rahal,Scott Sharp, Randy Pobst, Boris Said,Jimmy Vasser, Michael Galati, PaulNewman, and more. But the list ofdrivers who came up short is equallyamazing – Bob Bondurant, MichaelAndretti, and Peter Cunninghamnever managed to close the deal.
If you’re not a Runoffs aficionado,some of the details appearing inthe following race predictions mayneed clarification and, for that, wepresent this paragraph. In manyof the predictions, we referenceyears or locations of past Runoffs,but unless you follow the eventwith fervor, confusion can set in. Sohere’s our de-confuser: The Runoffswas held at Road America from
2009-’ 13, at which point it beganto move to various bucket-list tracksaround the country like LagunaSeca (2014), Daytona InternationalSpeedway (2015), Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course (2016), IndianapolisMotor Speedway (2017), SonomaRaceway (2018), and VIRginiaInternational Raceway (2019). Thisyear, the Runoffs returns to the rollinghills of Road America and all 14turns of its challenging goodness.
Needless to say, with more than
50 years of history, there’s more tothe Runoffs than that, but the amountof knowledge you’ve just ingestedshould make you dangerous.
Want to know more about RoadAmerica? Flip to our Hot Lap featureelsewhere in this issue for the ins andouts of this spectacular circuit anddiscover every turn in juicy detail.
For now, what’s left is for you toturn the page and begin enjoyingour guesswork. Oh, and if you can’tmake it to Road America for thisyear’s Runoffs, come the morning ofOct. 9 – when the green flag waveson the first of three days of racingaction – head to scca.com/runoffs towatch the races streaming live.
UPHILL BAT TLES
More than 500 roadracers spanning 26 classesare set to do battle at thechallenging Road Americacircuit this October forthe chance to become anSCCA National Champion.