The 52nd annual edition of the SCCA Runoffs Presented by Garmin VIRB is underway from Daytona International Speedway. This marks the event’s first return trip to the World Center of Racing since 1969.
Four days of qualifying ended Thursday as 14 race groups toke to the 3.56-mile, 12-turn road/oval race course. Starting grids are now set in preparation for 28 races over 3 solid days of winner take all racing to decide a new crop of SCCA National Champions.
Tim Gray of Eden Prairie has quialified in two separate classes both Spec Racer Ford and also in GT2 in a ground pounding Camaro. Keeping it in the family, Matt gray from Chaska will be racing against Tim and a tough 30 car field in Spec Racer Ford.
Another Minnesota racing family here in Daytona are John and Justin Elder. Both are competing in two of the biggest fields here Sport Touring Lite and Spec Miata both are driving Mazda Miatas. John from Bloomington will be racing in a 37 car field and Justin who heralds from Lakeville will be pitted against 39 other Mazda Miatas. Justin and his number 21Miata will be racing in what will be the first SCCA national title to be decided under artificial light starting at 7:30pm Friday night.
Reid Johnson from Hamel and David Schaal of St. Paul will take on another one of the biggest classes in Spec Racer Ford.
Another St Paulite, Bill Collins and his Corvette take on one of the hardest fought categories GT2, kicking off the racing first thing Friday morning. Of all the Minnesotans Bill has the best shot at a podium qualifying fourth in a field of 20.
Photos and Story by Rick Corwine.