Prize Money for Race of Champions-Finals
01.01.2020 | Bill Madsen
Race of Champions-Finals
The format for the Race of Champions Finals will be dual, head-to-head, elimination races with prize money awarded to the final four women and the final four men.
The Championship Races will qualify racers for the finals. To qualify, participants must be among the top 32 male and 32 female racers based on NASTAR Team Points. Team Points are handicapped within age and gender groups so younger and older racers have an opportunity to qualify for the finals and compete for the overall win.
Competitors that qualify for the Race of Champions (RoC) Finals will be seeded by their Team Points and put into elimination brackets. The handicap earned during the championship races is used to set the differential between each pair of racers. There is a starting light on each course that changes from Red to Yellow and then Green, similar to drag racing. The lights operate independently based on the differential between the two racers. For example; if racer (A) has a 20 handicap and competes against racer (B) with a 5 handicap, racer (A) would get a 15% head start before racer (B) gets the green light. The two competitors race to the finish line and the first racer to cross the finish line wins. The finish time differential between the two racers is announced and the winner returns to the start to compete in the next level of the bracket. The final four male and female racers compete for the overall win and cash prizes in the championship final and third/fourth place in the small final.
With the inclusion of dual-panel racing in the U.S. Alpine Championships, the FIS Ski World Cup, World Alpine Championships and Olympic Winter Games - introducing fans and athletes to this exciting head-to-head format of ski racing is a top goal for NASTAR and U.S. Ski & Snowboard.
* Prize Money Breakdown
1st Place: $1,000.00
2nd Place: $750.00
3rd Place: $500.00
4th Place: $250.00
(Equal prize money for Men and Women)
*prize money is dependent on the number of entries. There must be 500 entries to award the full prize purse.
In addition to the NASTAR Race of Champions Finals, the Spider Sabich Race Arena at Snowmass will host the U.S. Alpine Parallel Championships on the same day - Saturday, March 28. The Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team will compete for a National Championship titles in Parallel Slalom on the Cabin trail and the Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR National Championship Finals will take place on the Blue Grouse trail.
Former NASTAR Commissioner Bob Beattie introduced side-by-side dual racing in 1970 when in founded the World Pro Ski Tour. Spider Sabich was a U.S. Ski Team star at the time but Beattie recruited Spider to be the poster boy to promote the new style of alpine racing. Spider was the Pro Tour Champion in 1971 and 1972 and the Snowmass race arena was named in his honor. Spider and Bob would be proud to see so much head-to-head racing taking place at Snowmass.