Thorson Enthusiastic for New Year After Successful 2016

COLUMBUS, Ind. (Dec. 27, 2016) – Tanner Thorson wraps up a thrilling 2016 season and now looks toward the New Year as an opportunity to shine even brighter.

The 2016 race season scored Thorson the USAC National Midget Championship and his second-consecutive National Midget Driver of the Year title in the No. 67 Keith Kunz Motorsports, JBL Audio, Toyota-powered midget car. He also made his debut on asphalt and competed in three races with David Gilliland Racing before racing in his first ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards event with Venturini Motorsports.

Thorson ended the season with 17 overall wins, 18 top fives and 12 top tens with a total of 67 starts. He credits what is KKM for his success and growth this past season.

“This whole team is a huge part of my accomplishments this year. Keith [Kunz] and Pete [Willoughby] have given me amazing opportunities throughout my career. I couldn’t have done any of this without ‘Big Al’ [Scroggins] either. Everyone put in a lot of hard work to get us the [USAC National Midget] championship.”

His three asphalt events have him anxious to grow in his skill set in the upcoming season.

“I will always love dirt and my team at Keith Kunz Motorsports, but I’m really excited for asphalt races next year. Toyota Racing and Toyota Racing Development have been awesome to me.”

Thorson’s 2017 season will kick off at the Chili Bowl Nationals beginning Jan. 10, while the remainder of the schedule is still in progress. He will indeed continue to wheel the No. 67, but looks to again add multiple asphalt races.

“I try to improve in every asphalt start I get and so far I have been lucky enough to do that,” Thorson stated. “I’m hoping that this year allows me to improve even more to see what I can really do.”

Details regarding the upcoming season will be released upon finalization. The schedule and results list from the 2016 season are published on



Madyson Goodfleisch

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