If you are a fan of auto racing, the last week of September will be a ground breaking event as the Sports Car Club of America will host the SCCA Runoffs at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Runoffs are the National Championship for SCCA, held on the 15-turn, 2.592 mile Road Course which utilizes the front straight of the famous Speedway, the famous yard of bricks and the road course inside the oval. The event officially begins on September 25th, featuring qualifying on Monday through Thursday, with 24 National Championship races starting Friday September 29 – October 1st. Click on the link to see the official schedule.
I’ll be racing the Studio21 Architects Formula Vee (FV) #21, with our race taking place on Sunday October 1st at 10:40 am EDT. Forty Formula Vee drivers are currently registered for the race, including some of the best drivers from across the country. The competition will be fierce. If you have not experienced a Formula Vee race at this level, it is an experience. Some of the other races during the weekend will start a track maximum 72 cars. I have joined 4 other drivers to rent a Formula 1 (GP) garage space #27 right near the iconic Pagoda tower. I invite anyone attending this special event to join us the garage space. We will have snacks and drinks for those who want to join us between races. It will also be a space to grab a beer or two after all the racing activities are done for the day.
If you’ve never been to one of our races, one great aspect is the access you get inside the track. You are able to watch races from a variety of locations, and then roam through the paddock to see the various cars and crews close up, working on their cars. Stop by our garage and take a picture with your kids in my car if you like. There is so much to do and so many great races to watch, I suggest you plan to come down for the weekend. Besides the 24 races over the three day weekend, there is so much more to do. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is located inside the track premises. If you have time, you should check out their photography archives on the second floor of the museum. I have personally spent hours looking at old photos of events at the speedway. You can even purchase ones you like.
Just outside the track to the south, you will find Main St. I can personally recommend Dawson’s on Main and the 1911 Grill. The 1911 Grill is connected to the SIK indoor kart track, owner by former IndyCar driver Sarah Fisher, who is actively involved with the facility. The Dallara factory, Ed Carpenter Racing and AJ Foyt racing are all located on Main St, along with other dining establishments. If that’s not enough, you can also venture down to Downtown Indianapolis.
There are several ways to stay up to date on the activities and races. The SCCA will feature live timing and scoring on their new app for mobile devices. Search for the app on your mobile device called “SCCA Road Racing”.
If you can’t make it down to Indianapolis, you can always watch the races live with a link from the SCCA website.
Four-day admission passes, providing access Thursday, Sept. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 1, can be purchased for $60 per person. Single-day admission for Thursday is $15, and single-day passes are $25 for Friday, Saturday or Sunday. General admission offers access to spectator mounds around the 15-turn, 2.592-mile road course previously utilized by Formula One for the U.S. Grand Prix and currently used by the Verizon IndyCar Series for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. General admission also provides access to Paddock and Tower Terrace grandstands, as well as the paddock itself to gaze upon the hundreds or gorgeous race cars at the venue that weekend.
Let me know if you are planning to come down or if you have any questions regarding the event. My direct email address is Bill@Studio21architects.com, my cell number is 630-728-6889. I look forward to hearing from you.
Links for more information
- Indianapolis Runoffs for Everyone
- Indianapolis SCCA Runoffs Course Layout Revealed
- 2017 Runoffs Schedule
- Download the SCCA Road Racing App for the Runoffs
- 2017 Runoffs Announcement
- Indy Racing Museum
- Dawson Main
- Speedway Indoor Karting Restaurant