RACE: Valvoline Runoffs: 2003 incentives announced

Nearly $900k in incentives up for grabs at 40th Valvoline Runoffs TOPEKA, Kan (Sept. 2, 2003) -- While Sports Car Club of America Club Racing drivers strive to earn a coveted National Championship at the annual SCCA® Valvoline Runoffs®, this...

Nearly $900k in incentives up for grabs at 40th Valvoline Runoffs

TOPEKA, Kan (Sept. 2, 2003) -- While Sports Car Club of America Club Racing drivers strive to earn a coveted National Championship at the annual SCCA® Valvoline Runoffs®, this year's 40th anniversary edition offers more than 875,000 other reasons to excel, thanks to the event's contingency partners.

The SCCA announced today a total posting of more than $875,000 in cash and prizes from a diverse group of automotive businesses ranging from car clubs to tire companies. This number represents nearly half of the $2 million participating companies offered throughout the 2003 season.

"The average club racer spends their own money to compete, and rarely receives any purse or prize money for their efforts," said Garret Mudd, SCCA Vice President of Marketing. "We applaud each of this year's contingency sponsors for supporting the best grassroots racing event in the world."

In addition to being the title sponsor of the 40th annual Runoffs, Valvoline is the top contingency sponsor of 2003, offering over $120,000 in product support and cash prizes to participants in this year's event. In addition to a product package available to each entrant including motor oil, gear oil, brake cleaner, grease, tee-shirts and hats, Valvoline will pay any eligible car $1,500 for a National Championship, with $500 going to second and $250 to third.

As was the case in 2002, Hoosier Racing Tire Corporation is also posting a six figure program, potentially worth $110,000. Drivers who win the National Championship on a Hoosier Tire-shod car will be rewarded with one set of tires for each 2004 National race in which they compete as well as a limited Hoosier National Champion jacket.

Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development offers 2003's top auto manufacturer posting, with $91,000 available to competitors in eligible classes, paying $4,000 to National Champions, $2,000 to second and $1,000 to third.

Other contingency sponsors for the 2003 SCCA Valvoline Runoffs National Championship event include: Advantagemotorsports.com, American Honda Motor Company, Avon Racing Tires, Competition Data Systems, Inc., Cyclo Industries, LLC, DaimlerChrysler Performance Vehicle Operations, Electromotive, Inc., Fram Filters, The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Grassroots Motorsports Magazine, Hawk Performance, Hyperco, Jim Russell Racing Drivers School, KFP Magnum Brake Pads, NICO, Nissan Motorsports, Panasport Racing Wheels, Racer Parts Wholesale, Rallye Sport, Red Line Synthetic Oil Corporation, ROL Gaskets, SCCA Enterprises, STACK Inc., Star Race Cars, Sunoco, Texas Region SCCA, Inc., Toyota Motorsports/TRD, Winner's Circle, Yokohama Tires.

For more information about the 40th SCCA Valvoline Runoffs, runs from Sept. 15-21 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, visit www.scca.com.

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