MANSFIELD — The 2016 SCCA National Championship Runoffs return this year to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the first time since 2005, and the area is welcoming them back with open arms.
From Septe. 19-25, the most prestigious amateur road racers in the United States will be in the area for the 53rd annual SCCA Runoffs. There are 28 classes of cars running at Mid-Ohio, known as one of the greatest road courses in the country.
“Mid-Ohio is such a rich part of SCCA’s history with the Runoffs, it feels like coming home for many of our racers, volunteer workers and families,” stated Deanna Flanagan, SCCA Director of Club Racing. “Additonally, the Mansfield/Richland County Convention & Visitors Bureau set the bar high for hospitality at the Runoffs in the ‘90s, and that has carried into this year’s event. (The Monday welcome party was always a highlight of the event and we look forward to heading back out to the Richland County Fairgrounds.”
“We roll out the red carpet for this group. The drivers, crews, volunteers, families and fans call the area home between 10-14 days, said Lee Tasseff CVB president. “Since they are here for an extended stay the business activity generated goes way beyone lodging and restaurants into grocery stores, auto repair shops and even dog kennels to name a few.
The estimated impact on the Richland County area is around $7 million dollars,” Tasseff said.
In addition to high-caliber competition, the runoffs showcase exceptional camaraderie, including the 5K & Checkered Flag Dash, which is open to the public, on Sept. 24 at Mid-Ohio. Runners actually get to run on the track. For information, email race director Jason Stine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets to the SCCA Runoffs are available at www.midohio.com.