RACE: Nationwide point structure announced

SCCA Announces Nationwide Point Structure and Club Racing Super Sweep Award LAS VEGAS, Nev. (February 21, 2009) -- Sports Car Club of America announced today the foundation for its new Club Racing Super Sweep program, honoring drivers who...

SCCA Announces Nationwide Point Structure and Club Racing Super Sweep Award

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (February 21, 2009) -- Sports Car Club of America announced today the foundation for its new Club Racing Super Sweep program, honoring drivers who "sweep" all four criteria in a given season, including a win at one of nine key National events, a Divisional class point championship, a Runoffs class win and a class win in the newly formulated nationwide point structure.

The concept takes the Chicago Region SCCA Triple Crown one step further, making it the most difficult accomplishment for an SCCA Club Racing driver in a given season.

"SCCA has formally recognized the Chicago Region Triple Crown for the last several years, and, while it continues to be a great program for the Region, we felt a program that was more inclusive was in order, particularly with the move of the Runoffs to Road America in 2009," SCCA President & CEO Jeff Dahnert said. "The components have been germinating in the marketing and Club Racing departments for some time now, and we feel that we've put them together into a great program. To win the SCCA Super Sweep will be an incredible accomplishment."

The Super Sweep has four legs, which a driver must complete in the same class, including:

Leg 1: A class win at one of the following events:
- April 4, Buttonwillow, Race one of the SPDiv Double National
- May 2, Daytona Int'l Raceway, SEDiv National
- May 2, Heartland Park Topeka, Race one of the MWDiv Double National
- May 2, Texas Motor Speedway, Race one of the SWDiv Double National
- May 10, Portland Int'l Raceway, NPDiv National
- May 31, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, GLDiv National
- June 20-21, Road America, CENDiv National
- July 4, High Plains Raceway, Race one of the RMDiv National
- July 12, Watkins Glen, NEDiv National

Leg 2: A divisional class championship

Leg 3: An SCCA National Championship (Runoffs win)

Leg 4: Class Champion of the newly-created nationwide points championship.

The points will be distributed as follows at each National Club Racing event (retroactive to the start of the 2009 season):

- Base points per the GCR (12, 9, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1)
- One bonus point for each starting car a driver beats (capped at 10)
- A driver may count his/her best seven races regardless of Division

In addition to up to six regular season races, points will be added to a driver's total for the Runoffs on the following schedule:

- Double GCR base points for the top nine finishers (24, 18, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2)
- One bonus point for each starting car a driver beats (no limit)

The driver with the most combined points will be declared the winner of that class. Ties will be broken per the GCR. If ties cannot be broken the final tiebreaker will be the total number of cars beaten in that season.

"Unlike the iRacing.com Cup in 2008, the new nationwide point structure is automatic and includes every driver competing in National events," Dahnert said. "Drivers don't have to do anything special to qualify for the program other than go out and race. This allows a driver from New York to match up against a driver from Colorado or California without ever going head-to-head. The driver who beats the most cars throughout the year wins."

"We would like to acknowledge the Chicago Region for creating the Triple Crown, which has added to the Runoffs over the last several years," SCCA VP of Club Racing Terry Ozment said. "It's a wonderful program that we understand will continue on in the Region."

The winner of an SCCA Super Sweep will receive a special trophy and recognition after the National Championship Runoffs.

The Nationwide Point Structure will be updated weekly on SCCA.com.

-credit: scca

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