The 2017 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs® event schedule is now available for review on the Runoffs event page at www.scca.com/runoffs. Test days are planned Sept. 21-24 prior to four days of qualifying, Sept. 25-28, and three days of racing, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, on the 15-turn road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).
As was the case in 2016, classes will qualify during the same part of the day as their race. Qualifying groups are based on traditional combinations, as well as driver feedback related to anticipated entry counts for this event and class grouping preferences.
As previously stated, a maximum of 72 cars can be on the 2.592-mile course at one time for each session at IMS. If a single class has more than 72 cars, the field will be split into multiple groups for qualifying. While a maximum of 72 cars will start Championship races, a “Last Chance” qualifying race will be utilized Thursday for any classes with more than 72 cars, ensuring each participating driver has the opportunity to take a green flag at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Based on survey responses, it is anticipated that SM and SRF3 may have fields in excess of 72 competitors. Arrangements have been made for qualifying so that SRF3 may overflow into SRF. As such, the two classes will share a car number pool. If SM eclipses 72 cars, it will be split into two sessions, back-to-back. Because of this variable, qualifying session start times have not yet been finalized.
There is time in the schedule each day for 18 sessions, with only 17 groups currently identified. If Spec Miata does not eclipse 72 cars, reassessment of all group sizes will occur to best utilize the additional “open” session accordingly. The daily qualifying schedule, with session start times, should be posted by Sept. 2, well in advance of the event start date.