|SCCA National Championship Runoffs - October 16-21, 2018|
Sonoma Raceway Named 2018 SCCA National Championship Runoffs Venue
TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 26, 2017) -- The Sports Car Club of America® has officially announced that the 2018 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs® will be held October
16-21 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. It is the first time the Runoffs will be held at the Northern California track.
“We’re excited to have the Runoffs again head west, continuing the Board of Directors’ initiative to move the event around the country to iconic and challenging
racetracks,” SCCA VP and COO Eric Prill said. “With its deep heritage, dramatic setting and inspired layout, Sonoma Raceway is certainly right at home on the list of
Runoffs host venues.”
About an hour’s drive north of San Francisco, Sonoma Raceway’s road course features more than 160 feet of elevation change. With track activity scheduled an average
of 340 days a year, it is one of North America's most complete and versatile motorsports complexes and home to one of the nation's only high-performance automotive
industrial parks with approximately 75 tenants. The facility’s first official event at then-Sears Point Raceway was an SCCA Enduro on Dec. 1, 1968.
"In 2018, Sonoma Raceway will kick off its 50th anniversary year and will be very proud to feature the premier event in amateur road racing as part of that celebration,”
said Steve Page, president and general manager of Sonoma Raceway. “We look forward to welcoming the SCCA community and the nation's best racers to the
beautiful Sonoma Valley next year."
At the suggestion of participants, the 2018 Runoffs, including testing, qualifying and racing, will be shortened overall by two days from the 2015-2017 events. Paved
paddock space is limited, so additional lots around the track will be utilized. A pre-reserved system for assigning paddock spots will be utilized just as it has been since the
2015 Runoffs at Daytona International Speedway.
Use of both the Carousel and Esses are expected, but the specific track layout has yet to be finalized for the 2018 Runoffs at Sonoma Raceway. However, the venue is
undoubtedly a fantastic site for both racing and spectating. The weather for October is traditionally pleasant, with average temperatures in the high 70s during the day
and lows in the mid 40s. Average rainfall for the month is a little over one inch.
While there is plenty to keep people entertained and busy at the track, the surrounding community is a well-known tourist destination. The Sonoma County Tourism
organization notes there are more than 425 wineries in the region, miles of rugged Pacific coastline and towering redwood forests. Sonoma County features premium
wine, farm-to-table dining, unique resorts and spas, and over 50 state and regional parks.
The SCCA Runoffs has evolved into what is now commonly agreed to be the pinnacle of American motorsports. Since 1964, the SCCA has crowned Club Racing National
Champions at the winner-take-all, single race Runoffs format through dozens of separate races over three days. As host of the 55th Runoffs in 2018, Sonoma Raceway
will become the third California track to host the SCCA’s National Championship, joining Riverside International Raceway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
This premier event is coming to our back door this fall, and it is only fitting that SAMOA should be a part of it. I am putting this on the SAMOA schedule at this time for
information purposes only, as little details are yet available as to race schedules, parking/car corrals, or daily pricing. Preliminary information suggests that Tuesday -
Thursday are qualifying days, and actual races in various classes take place Friday - Sunday. I plan to attend at least 2 of those race days, and am willing to lead a caravan
to the track from Winters to Sonoma both days. I have not added this event to our RSVP form until we have more specifics about the event details. For example, if
club corral space is offered, would you be willing to prepay your entry fee in order to reserve a spot? In the meantime, keep that weekend open if you are interested.