RACE: SCCA, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course announce 2001 Valvoline Runoffs

DUBLIN, Ohio (August 16, 2001) - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) today announced the 39th Annual SCCA Valvoline Runoffs® will be held at the 2.4-mile, 15-turn permanent road course in Lexington, Ohio for the...

DUBLIN, Ohio (August 16, 2001) - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) today announced the 39th Annual SCCA Valvoline Runoffs® will be held at the 2.4-mile, 15-turn permanent road course in Lexington, Ohio for the ninth consecutive time on September 16-22, 2002.

The Valvoline Runoffs® is the largest amateur road racing event in North America and is the motorsports equivalent of the Olympics where top amateur drivers compete for coveted SCCA National Championships. Past Runoffs winners include Skip Barber, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Paul Newman, Roger Penske, Bobby Rahal, Jim Trueman and Jimmy Vasser. The season-ending event is always some of the most competitive racing on the Mid-Ohio schedule.

For the SCCA, the Runoffs caps a nine-month season of national races with a weeklong extravaganza to determine SCCA National Champions in each of its 24 classes. With nearly 700 entries, this championship event has earned a reputation as providing some of the closest, most dramatic racing anywhere. The attitude of "there's no tomorrow" prevails as every driver puts it all on the line in 20-lap races to claim the title of SCCA National Champion.

"The move to September will provide better racing conditions for fans and drivers," Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course President Michelle Trueman Gajoch said. "The Valvoline Runoffs® is the perfect event to complete our competitive racing schedule."

The 2002 Runoffs will take place in September for the second year in a row. This year's edition moved to September 17-23 from its traditional October date and will again feature some of the best amateur racing action anywhere set against the beautiful Ohio autumn scenery.

For tickets to the Valvoline Runoffs®, call Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course at 1-800-MID-OHIO or visit www.midohio.com <http://www.midohio.com>. For more information on SCCA Club Racing, call Doug Reed at 1-800-770-2055 or visit www.scca.org <http://www.scca.org>.

-SCCA/MOSCC

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Series SCCA
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bobby Rahal , Elliott Forbes-Robinson , Paul Newman , Skip Barber