RACE: National Runoffs: Toyota Motorsports race report

TOYOTA-POWERED COMPETITORS SWEEP ONE PODIUM AND WIN TWO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE "SUPER BOWL" OF CLUB ROAD RACING TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct.15, 2006) Mirl Swan and Hans Peter earned the title of "National Champion" in each of their respective ...

TOYOTA-POWERED COMPETITORS SWEEP ONE PODIUM AND WIN TWO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE "SUPER BOWL" OF CLUB ROAD RACING

TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct.15, 2006) Mirl Swan and Hans Peter earned the title of "National Champion" in each of their respective classes at the 2006 Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Runoffs®, Oct.13-15. Often referred to as the "Olympics" or "Super Bowl" of club road racing, the Runoffs is repeatedly named by Car and Driver magazine as one of the "10 Best Motorsports Events." This year marked the 43rd running of the SCCA National Championship Runoffs® and the first year ever it has been hosted at Heartland Park Topeka. Over 650 entrants qualified and competed in 25 different classes of amateur road racing.

Rain did not stop the show for Topeka, Kan. native Swan who won his first Formula Atlantic (FA) National Championship in his No.88 Toyota-powered Swift 008, by 2.302 seconds. After starting third on the rain-soaked 2.5 mile, 14 turn road course, Swan led all 18 laps and almost registered a 15 second lead on lap 10. Swan had the fastest race lap of 1:54.081 and averaged speeds of 65.66 mph.

"This is my neighborhood, I'm not only from Topeka, but I grew up five miles from here, so it feels pretty good to win the first (FA) National Championship here. It was cold, the visor was fogging over constantly, and the track was very, very slick, but the car was hooked up thanks to the fantastic crew I have for this car."

Brothers David and Keith Grant of Germantown, Tenn. finished second and third respectively giving Toyota a podium sweep in the FA class. D. Grant qualified third and finished second in his No.12 Toyota-powered Swift .014a and recorded a fastest lap of 1:54.809. K. Grant started the race on the pole in the No.40 Toyota-powered Swift 014a and registered his fastest lap at 1:55.804.

Peter, Triple Crown winner and five-time Midwest Division Champion captured the checkered flag in the C Sports Racing class and earned his first SCCA National Championship in his No.66 Swift (Toyota). In addition to starting the race as the pole winner, Peter took the lead coming out of Turn Six on lap four and led each lap thereafter. Peter registered a fastest lap time of 1:32.449 and recorded a margin of victory of 1.826 seconds, while averaging speeds of 94.744 mph.

"I thought that I made a good start but maybe they caught me during a shift. So I just tucked in behind both of them (Carter and Jaremko) and waited for something to happen."

In addition to earning the 2006 Midwest Division Championship, Peter scored seven starts, seven poles and seven wins this season, including June Sprints and Watkins Glen and set six track records, two of which were overall track records. The five-time Midwest Division Champion has also been recognized twice as the Kansas City Region Driver of the Year.

After leading the first three laps of the race, Wade Carter of Woodinville, Wash., another Toyota-powered racer, eventually earned a third place podium finish in the CSR class. Carter qualified second and finished third and registered a fastest lap time of 1:33.090 in his No.74 Toyota-powered Viking. Carter also earned the 2006 N. Pacific Division Championship.

"We've been struggling with this cold weather all week. When you get out here you do not know how to deal with 30 degree days. I was not going to leave here without being on the podium."

Heartland Park Topeka will host the SCCA National Championship Runoffs® through 2008 and is the fifth venue in the Runoffs' history to host the signature event.

Each of the 25 races will broadcast again on a tape-delayed basis, in hour length segments beginning Tuesday, November 7. Each show will again be produced by Mullin Production Group and will include all the racing action, interviews and features (all times are EASTERN).

-credit: toyota

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Series SCCA
Drivers Keith Grant , Hans Peter , Mirl Swan