The SCCA Continental Championship was an annual, professional, open-wheel motor racing series organized by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), under various names, from 1967 to 1976.
The inaugural series was staged in 1967 as the SCCA Grand Prix Championship. It was open to the SCCA's existing Formula A, Formula B and Formula C cars, which were restricted to maximum engine capacities of 3 liters, 1.6 liters and 1.1 liters respectively.] For 1968, the SCCA amended their Formula A regulations to allow the use of production-based V8 engines, restricted to a 5 liter maximum engine capacity, in addition to the existing 3 liter engines.
For 1969 the series was renamed to the SCCA Continental Championship, with the Formula A cars now contesting a separate feature race at each championship event and the Formula B & C cars competing in their own race for separate points. The championship received substantial sponsorship from L&M Cigarettes for 1970. Increased support from L&M saw the championship renamed to become the SCCA L&M Continental 5000 Championship for 1971, the 5000 component of the name chosen to give the 5 liter formula greater international recognition. As of 1972, the Formula A regulations still permitted both 5000cc restricted and 3000cc unrestricted engines. Sponsorship by the L&M cigarette brand was not carried forward from the 1973 championship.
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