RACE: National champions to be crowned at Valvoline Runoffs

Amateur national champions to be crowned during Valvoline Runoffs® at Mid-Ohio. DUBLIN, Ohio (September 9, 2002) - Over 700 amateur race car drivers will converge on Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with one goal - to be named the top driver in...

Amateur national champions to be crowned during Valvoline Runoffs® at Mid-Ohio.

DUBLIN, Ohio (September 9, 2002) - Over 700 amateur race car drivers will converge on Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with one goal - to be named the top driver in their respective classes and crowned SCCA National Champion at the 2002 Valvoline Runoffs®, September 16-22.

For the ninth consecutive season the Valvoline Runoffs® will cap the racing season at Mid-Ohio, which holds the second-longest tenure of any track in the 39-year-history of the event. Road Atlanta hosted the SCCA National Championships from 1970 through 1993.

The Valvoline Runoffs® has been billed as the "Olympics of Motorsports" for its winner-take-all format and the prestige that is associated with an SCCA National Championship. While some use the event as a springboard to a professional career, others race contently as amateurs. Among the former Runoffs Champions who have made the jump to the professional level are Bobby Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, Skip Barber, Paul Newman, and Jim Trueman.

Competitors battle in SCCA Regional and National events all summer long for their shot at qualifying for the Valvoline Runoffs®. After earning points in a minimum of six races, invitations are issued to the top ten competitors in each class of the SCCA's eight divisions across North America. Following one day of practice and three days of qualifying, eight races will be run each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to determine the 24 National Champions and cap off a week that Car and Driver has called one of the "Top Ten" events in motorsports.

Separating the Valvoline Runoffs® from most other athletic events is the overall attitude and tone of the participants, crewmembers and spectators. Racers come from all walks of life; doctors, lawyers, mechanics and schoolteachers are a few examples of those who contribute their own time and money to compete in their favorite sport. Many of these "Weekend Warriors" use the Runoffs as a yearly reunion to meet up with rivals and competitors to continue friendships that have been forged while racing over the years.

While the week is certainly held for the drivers, it would not be possible without the more than 600 SCCA volunteers who work during the race week. With volunteers visiting from New York to Hawaii and all places in between, the diverse crowd will assist in areas from registration to technical inspection to help make the event a success.

The participation from the community, volunteers, and competitors has helped to assure that the event will remain at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course through at least 2005 with an agreement reached by the SCCA and Mid-Ohio in February of this year.

"We are happy to be extending our partnership with Mid-Ohio until 2005," Steve Johnson, President and CEO of SCCA, Inc. said at the announcement. "We can attribute much of the growth in the SCCA Valvoline Runoffs® to the entire team at Mid-Ohio."

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is located approximately halfway between Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio off of Interstate 71. Commonly referred to as the "Most Competitive in the U.S.", the Valvoline Runoffs® is Mid-Ohio's sixth and final event held this summer. For event information or tickets, call 1-800-MID-OHIO or visit us on the web at www.midohio.com.

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Series SCCA
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Paul Newman , Skip Barber , Steve Johnson