RACE: Heartland Park Topeka 2006 runoffs dates

History To Be Made at Heartland Park Topeka in Fall 2006 TOPEKA, Kan. (May 4, 2005) - Heartland Park Topeka and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) have announced the dates for the 2006 SCCA National Championship Runoffs®, taking a page of...

History To Be Made at Heartland Park Topeka in Fall 2006

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 4, 2005) - Heartland Park Topeka and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) have announced the dates for the 2006 SCCA National Championship Runoffs®, taking a page of the event's own history and returning the 43rd running of the classic to a more traditional October date for the first event at Heartland Park Topeka.

The 24 National Championship Runoffs races will be held Friday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 15. As has been tradition, the event officially commences on Monday, Oct. 9 for practice, followed by three days of qualifications Oct. 10-12 to determine the starting order for all 24 National Championship classes.

Heartland Park Topeka will give Runoffs participants a first look at the Runoffs-only track configuration during the promoter test week, Oct. 1-8. Heartland Park Topeka joins a select list of four great venues (Daytona, Riverside, Cal., Road Atlanta, and Mid-Ohio) to host the Runoffs in the 43-year history of the event.

"The value of moving the Runoffs back to an October date is two-fold," said Raymond Irwin, Heartland Park Topeka owner. "First and foremost, it returns this prestigious event back to a traditional date that many long-time competitors, workers, and fans still associate with the Runoffs even today."

"Secondly, giving a competitor extra time between the final National points race and the beginning of this event is beneficial to preparing the race car, and preparing the driver for the Runoffs. In addition, competitors from across the country can now have more time to get ready for the Runoffs, which is invaluable."

Lodging is always at a premium for an event such as the Runoffs, and thanks to cooperation between local hotel owners, the Topeka Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and the SCCA, persons who will be in attendance will receive special Runoffs rates. A list of lodging in the Topeka area can be found through the Topeka CVB website at topekacvb.org.

For those wishing to stay closer to the track, Heartland Park Topeka will also provide racers, workers and spectators ample family-friendly camping opportunities during Runoffs testing and competition.

Heartland Park Topeka, a multi-purpose racing facility located in Topeka, Kan. annually hosts NHRA POWERade drag racing, Championship OFF-Road Racing (CORR), and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) in addition to many other events throughout the race season.

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