TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 14, 2006) – Polesitter Collin Jackson, of Langley, British Columbia, drove flag-to-flag to capture his second GT3 National Championship at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs Presented by Kansas, As Big As You Think. John Saurino, of Tulsa, Okla., and Dave Humphrey, of Langley, British Columbia, completed the top three.-30-
It was a near perfect Kansas morning for a leisurely drive around the 2.5-mile Heartland Park Topeka circuit and that is just what the race winner Jackson made it look like in his No. 54 Specialty Nissan 240SX. From the pole, Jackson grabbed the early lead in Turn One and was never challenged throughout the race, winning by 16.676-seconds at an average speed of 82.723-mph.
“The car was absolutely fabulous,” Jackson said of his car’s performance. “I owe this to the car, it was just fabulous. The car builders here, Specialty Engineering, made the cars run great and it was just a pleasure to drive it. The car was so good that I was able to drive it within its limits and then to bring it home. It’s great to be back on the podium, to be a two-time champion, and that is pretty special.”
Mike Henderson, of El Cajon, Calif., and Michael Cyphert, of Burton, Ohio, finished fourth and fifth, respectively. John Mills, of Wayne, Ohio, won the Sunoco Hard Charger of the race award for advancing 11 positions throughout the race, starting 25th and finishing 14th.
Now in its 43rd year, the SCCA National Championship Runoffs Presented by Kansas, As Big As You Think annually crowns the best amateur road racers in North America as Champions. More than 750 competitors have gathered this year to battle for 25 class titles, with nine races on Friday and eight Saturday and Sunday. This marks the first year that the Runoffs is held at Heartland Park Topeka.
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