2007 / KONI Challenge Series
Building upon a strong 2006 season, which led to Acura winning the Manufacturer's Title in Grand Am Cup, Kensai Racing and Compass360 (both of Toronto, Canada) confirmed today that they'll be extending their relationship for the 2007 season. Kensai Racing will field two Acura TSXs, as well as their sole remaining RSX from 2006, with primary sponsorship from Compass360 Design + Advertising.
We are currently interviewing drivers for the sole remaining seat in our RSX-S. This car was on the pole at Daytona and Barber in 2006, and was always near the top of the time sheets. We are looking for drivers who have the funding and talent appropriate for a front-running team with cars capable of winning. Contact Karl Thomson at (416) 465-2299 x21 or email karlt at compass360 dot com.
For more information read our most recent press release.
2006 /Grand Am Cup
After fielding a single Acura RSX in 2005, Kensai moved to two season-long entries this year. Compass360 was asked to assist in branding, promotions and public relations, with Karl Thomson as pilot at six Grand Am Cup races, including both VIR events, Laguna Seca, Mid Ohio, and Lime Rock.
Thomson partnered with a number of different drivers throughout the year including Billy Johnson, David Ciekiewicz and Aaron Povoledo. The #75 Kensai RSX ran with lead driver Travis Walker and other pilots including Povoledo, Taz Harvey and Tom Nastasi. Walker and Thomson were joined by Nick Wittmer in the 75 car for the season-ending race at VIR.
The result was three top-five finishes for Thomson in just six starts.
Kensai sat out the Miller event, and Greenville, NC-based ROAR Racing hired us to help with their RX-8 program, which had been struggling since the beginning of the year.
Karl Thomson and Billy Johnson piloted the #62 car to an 11th-place finish at Miller Motorsports Park, by far the best finish ever for the team. Click here for the story.
2006 / CASC
The Compass360/Racing team fielded the #360 Mazda RX-7 in selected CASC events in 2006. The 1994 RX-7 program builds on our team's beginnings in regional racing with our Rothmans Porsche 944 and our BMW Z3 Coupes.
The RX-7 competed in two race series during each weekend it ran. Thomson ended up on the podium in both at the end of every weekend, including class wins in both OCC Sprints and TGTC races.
Compass360 is a proud sponsor of the Touring GT Championship.
October 11th : VIR 6-Hour Race Report: Compass360 closed out its Grand Am Cup season with a fine fourth place finish in the season-ending six-hour race at Virginia International Raceway. This makes three top-five finishes for Karl Thomson in just six starts this year.
October 1st : RX-7 on the Podium Again: Our #360 Mazda RX-7 once again found itself on the podium in both Ontario Challenge Cup sprint races, and the Touring GT Championship at Mosport this weekend. Driver Karl Thomson finished TGTC-GT in 2nd, and OCC GTA in 3rd place. This result means our RX-7 has finished on the podium in every event it ran in 2006. Zoom zoom!
September 2nd : Miller Race Report: ROAR Racing with Compass360's Mazda RX-8s both took the checkered flag at Miller Motorsports Park, with the team's #62 lead car -- driven by Karl Thomson and Billy Johnson -- coming home eleventh after running 8th before a late-race splash-and-go for fuel. Compass360's involvement made a clear difference to this fledging team.
August 18th : ROAR Racing hires Compass360: Compass360 helps ROAR Racing with their Mazda RX-8 program at Miller Motorsports Park. Billy Johnson joins Karl Thomson in the #62 car to get it dialled in and move the team's game forward. Travis Walker and Dave Ciekiewicz were brought in to drive the #63 car. Read the press release here.
August 5th : Trois Rivieres Race Report: Aaron and Travis manage an 11th-place finish in #75, while Mathieu Audette is involved in a third-lap crash which totally destroys #76.
July 31st : Barber Race Report: The #76 car started from the pole, but Travis got called in for a stop-and-go for unnecessary roughing. And then damage caused by the contact meant we spent some time in the pits.
July 27th : We Head to Barber: Construction continues on the new #75 Acura RSX-S to replace the one destroyed at Mid-Ohio, while the team's #76 car makes the solo trek to Barber for young hot shots Travis Walker and Kuno Wittmer.
July 26th : Successful Test at Mosport: SPEED World Challenge Touring car driver Paul Goldman completed a successful two-day test in our ex-Motorola Cup RX-7 in preparation for the upcoming SWC event in September. Paul pilots one of the Bimmerworld 3-series entries in that series, and we hope he'll return to drive with us again. For details on Paul's progress check the Bimmerworld site.
June 25th: Mid-Ohio Race Report: Thomson and Povoledo take the #76 car to a solid fifth place (after running as high as second), while Travis Walker and Taz Harvey have #75 in second before a huge shunt which destroys the car.
June 4th: First Regional Race Report of 2006: The Compass360 Mazda RX-7 gets off to a fine start at its maiden event, finishing first in all three OCC GTA sprints, and second in Touring GT.
May 26th: Lime Rock Race Report: Thomson qualifies the #76 in fourth but contact with another RSX puts and end to a certain podium finish, while the #75 sustains substantial damage in the pre-race morning warm-up.
May 14th: Phoenix Race Report: Thomson has business commitments so hot shoes Taz Harvey and Nicolas Rondet pilot #76 up to 3rd place at mid-race before being shut down by a broken wheel stud, while Povoledo and Walker bring #75 home in ninth after qualifying second.
May 6th: Laguna Seca Race Report: After leading the race for a short while, Karl Thomson and Billy Johnson give Kensai Racing with Compass360 it's best GAC finish of the year coming home 4th in the #76 Acura.
April 25th: Virginia International Race Report: A nasty, rainy, wreck-filled race.
April 12th: Billy Johnson Joins Kensai Racing with Compass360 for Laguna Seca
April 3rd: Compass360 Teams Up with Kensai Racing
January 30th:Why the heck wasn't Karl at Daytona?
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