In 1994, after twenty-four years of outstanding success at Road Atlanta, the SCCA’s National Championship event (the Runoffs) was usurped by Yankee carpet-baggers and moved to Mid-Ohio. To fill the gap on the track’s calendar the Atlanta Region SCCA and Road Atlanta collaborated to resurrect an historic name, the American Road Race of Champions, and invited most of the regional-only classes to a single event to determine the champions in each of those classes. Grassroots Motorsports magazine was involved in those early versions of the event, and in 2007 they became the presenting sponsor of the ARRC by GRM.
Although the event primarily consisted of Improved Touring cars in the early years, we added other regional-only classes like ASR, SPO/U, CF, and CFC over the years. We were also among the first to recognize Spec Miata, so when that class became eligible for the Runoffs we modified our rules to include regional-only Spec Miatas as well. Over the years the event has added and subtracted classes in reaction to the whims of the National Directors, but through it all the event has featured outstanding racing from some of the best drivers in North America. In some circles an ARRC trophy is more coveted than a Runoffs medal, and the ARRC by GRM has truly become “the National Championship event for those drivers who choose not to attend the Runoffs.”