Victoria’s Bill Okell will be making his second career appearance at the Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA), National Championship Run-Offs, starting next week on Monday, September 25 at Indiana’s, Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
It will be the first time the event will be held at Indianapolis.
Okell will be driving in two, of the 27 national championship races.
He will be driving the San Francisco-based Huffaker Engineering’s Austin Healey. The two races will be the Friday morning at 11:35 AM PST on Sept. 29, in a 19-lap Production Championship final and the Grand Touring Lite Championship race, which is also 19 laps on Sunday morning at 8:45 am on October 1st.
Qualifying will take place throughout the week, with two sessions per day, from Monday, Sept. 25 to Thursday Sept. 28. All of the 27 national Championship SCCA races will be telecast live through the SCCA.com, Run-offs website.
Okell qualified for the Run-Offs by way of the SCCA’S U.S Majors Tour circuit for the Western Conference, where this year he took two, Grand Touring Lite,[GT-L] wins, one track record in Bakersfield and won the SCCA US Majors Tour Western Conference Championship for GT-L. The only other appearance at the Run-Offs by Okell was in 2014, at Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway, in Monterey, California, where he took a 10th place finish in the National Championship Production race after qualifying 16th. He competed with the Huffaker Engineering’s MG Midget, in his first year with the team.
The Sports Car Club of America, founded in 1944, has a member base of 68,000 enthusiasts from across North America, and they have been holding their national championships for 54 years. The 2017 SCCA National Championship Run-offs visit the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway for it’s very first Run-Offs appearance. The actual race course utilizes portions of the Formula One and Verizon Indy Car course, a stand-alone race track that incorporates 14 corners, a 3700-foot long straightaway and a length of 2.592 miles, in total.
This Run-Offs specific race course has never been raced on. A new Run-Offs entry record was established this year as 1000 drivers were received for the national championship event, surpassing the previous total of 709.