A full slate of action is in store the rest of the week at VIRginia International Raceway at Alton as the best-of-the-best among the country’s top Sports Car Club of America competitors compete for national championship honors in the 56th Annual SCCA Runoffs.

This year marks the first time that the SCCA Runoffs is being held at the famous Halifax County road course.

Wednesday and Thursday on-track action features qualifying sessions for the series of national championship races that will be held Friday through Sunday, with cars taking to the track at 8 a.m. each day.

There will be three full days of national championship races, beginning at 8:15 a.m. Friday and continuing through the final race on Sunday afternoon.

Every race day begins at 8 a.m. with the National Anthem, followed by the first race starting at 8:15 a.m. and the other races following in order.

The SCCA Runoffs™ is the biggest event to be held at VIR. With over 600 entries spanning 28 race classes, fans attending the SCCA Runoffs have the opportunity to see a wide variety of cars in action ranging from open-wheel Indy-type cars to small compact cars to stock cars to high-horsepower Trans-Am type racers.

With the more than 600 competitors and the members of their race teams and the estimated 500 volunteer SCCA workers from 37 states and four Canadian provinces that are on hand participating in the event, the SCCA Runoffs™ holds its place as one of the largest auto racing events in the country.

Since 1964, the SCCA has crowned national champions at the winner-take-all, single-race Runoffs format through dozens of separate races over three days.

Fans will be in for a special treat on Friday as Goodyear Racing Fan Night will be held at The Gallery at VIR. NASCAR Hall of Famer and three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion crew chief Ray Evernham will be on hand to visit with fans. Evernham’s famous, custom-built racecar, “The Ghost,” will be on display as well.

Audio-only coverage of Runoffs qualifying starts at 8 a.m. eastern time each day at SCCA.com/live.

Along with the audio feed, SCCA.com/live will have live timing and scoring for all qualifying and race days. Live, online video coverage of Runoffs races, presented by Mazda, will be available Friday through Sunday at SCCA.com/live.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com