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COLUMBUS, Ind. (April 10, 2017) – Tanner Thorson, driver of the No. 67 Keith Kunz Motorsports/JBL Audio Toyota-powered midget, scored back-to-back podium finishes with the USAC National Midget series April 8 and 9 at the Kokomo Grand Prix at Kokomo Speedway (Ind.).
“I have always seemed to struggle at Kokomo but my team gave me a solid car throughout the weekend and I’m happy about finishing on the podium both nights. We’ll keep working and continue to improve,” Thorson stated.
Thorson qualified in the second position on the opening night and charged from sixth to third in his heat race. That would line Thorson up to start on the inside of row three for the 30-lap main event. He was then able to finish third behind fellow Toyota drivers Brady Bacon and Spencer Bayston.
The second and final night of the Kokomo Grand Prix left Thorson starting in the fourth position and he landed on the podium yet again, this time with a second place finish. Thorson led much of the 30-lap main event, swapping the lead with Bacon, before Bacon would go on to win again. Thorson qualified in the fourth position earlier in the evening and finished second after starting sixth in his heat race. Tyler Courtney would then round out the top three finishers of the night.
“The Kokomo surface changes so fast and it’s hard to find the preferred line. Each night was pretty technical and the guys up front were all racing really hard. We’ll take what we learned from this weekend and build off of it for the next race,” Thorson concluded.
Thorson’s previous finishes at Kokomo Speedway include a seventh and third place in 2016.
The next midget race for Thorson will take place April 22 at Federated Auto Parts I-55 Raceway with the POWRi National Midget series.
About Toyota Racing:
Toyota has worked diligently to become a strong competitor in American motorsports since 1983 and the manufacturer has amassed numerous victories in professional auto racing from the 2003 Indianapolis 500, the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” with Gil de Ferran to a victory in the 2015 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis by Kyle Busch. In addition to multiple victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and the Baja 1000 and 500, Toyota also has earned manufacturer’s and driver’s championships in NASCAR, NHRA, the Indy Racing League, CART, IMSA, SCORE, USAC, MTEG, CORR, TORC and LOORRS.
In 2015, Camry driver Kyle Busch won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship for Toyota. The manufacturer also won titles in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NHRA, USAC and TORC Off-Road racing. For more information about Toyota Racing, visit toyotaracing.com.
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