Addressing a much-needed lack of club racing coverage in this country, the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and CBS Sports Network will bring millions of fans of motorsport back to their TV sets with coverage of this year’s SCCA Runoffs. Commonly referred to as the pinnacle of North American amateur road racing, the SCCA Runoffs bring the best in the country together for three days of fraught competition in a winner-take-all format.
Eight of the most spectacular finales from this year’s Championship from Virginia International Raceway (VIR) will air this month, beginning Sunday, December 8th, and continuing every Sunday throughout the rest of the month. From Spec Racer Ford and Formula Vee to Spec Miata, all the way to big-bored GT-2 cars, many major forms of popular road racing vehicles will be featured. When you run through the rosters and admire all the types of racing present, you can’t help but wonder how they squeeze it all into one weekend.
“SCCA’s National Championship Runoffs are the three most exciting days of racing anywhere in the United States,” said SCCA President and CEO Mike Cobb. “Selecting eight races for broadcast on CBS Sports Network is always difficult, but we’ve again decided on races that connect with a wide audience and showcase the skill and passion of our members.”
2019 Runoffs CBS Sports Network broadcast schedule:
– Sun. Dec. 8, 4 p.m. Eastern; Spec Racer Ford Gen3
– Sun., Dec. 8, 5 p.m. Eastern; Formula Vee
– Sun. Dec. 15, 3 p.m. Eastern; Spec Miata
– Sun. Dec. 15, 4 p.m. Eastern; GT-2
– Sun. Dec. 22, Noon Eastern; E Production
– Sun. Dec. 22, 1 p.m. Eastern; F Production
– Sun. Dec. 29, 3 p.m. Eastern; Touring 4
– Sun. Dec. 29, 4 p.m. Eastern; Super Touring® Lite
With broadcasts presented by Mazda, all 2019 Runoffs races from VIR are available for online viewing anytime at the 2019 SCCA Runoffs OnDemand webpage at SCCA.com.
Apex Broadcast’s coverage of the Runoffs for the 11th-year running mean great cinematography. Commentary from experienced racers, writers, and pundits like Greg Creamer, Tom O’Gorman, Andy Hollis, Larry MacLeod, Ryan Myrehn, and Heyward Wagner ensure every critical detail of the cars and the competition will be covered.
Along with showing the Runoffs in their entirety, these broadcasts on CBS Sports Network help bring club racing to the audience it deserves. “Exposure on CBS Sports Network allows Sports Car Club of America an opportunity to showcase its thrilling brand of road racing to millions across the nation while also displaying accessibility to motorsport activities,” said Cobb.
Such a collection of talent, diversity of machinery, and large prizes at stake deserve widespread coverage. While amateur motorsport will likely never grow as popular as college football, let’s hope that excellent work like this continues to spread its appeal.