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(Lexington, OH and Monterey, CA) -- Compass360 Racing (C360R) has a busy upcoming weekend, fielding a full roster of Honda Civic Si's in two difference sports car series on two coasts.
Looking to take a third Grand-Am Continental Tire Street Tuner championship in a row, the team has tapped long-time Rolex competitor Craig Stanton to drive with Ryan Eversley in the #75 Children's Tumor Foundation Honda Civic Si. Just three points out of the championship lead and only six ahead of third place, ST's 10-race season has come down to a battle royale on the tight, twisty rolling hills at the Mid-Ohio road course in Lexington, Ohio.
"Craig's going to open and I'll close, so I'm expecting him to qualify up front," said Eversley. "I don't know that we've got the speed of the (leading) Kia or Mini (behind), but I know (Technical Director) Ray Lee's going to call a great strategy. We'll do what we can and see how the chips fall."
Joining the duo will be David Thilenius and Zach Lutz in the #74 JC Concrete Honda Civic Si. Both have had championship success in the series, with Lutz taking third place in 2010 and Thilenius on the top spot that same year. They'll be looking for a good finish to what's been an up-and-down season.
Bryan Ortiz will make his debut with C360R, co-driving with Andrew Novich in the #77 Dr. Kimberly Henry / Speed Secrets Honda.
On the opposite coast, the team's four-car effort will look to extend, and possibly clinch, the SCCA Pro World Challenge Touring Car title at picturesque Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. Lawson Aschenbach, in the #71 Honda Performance Development Civic Si sits 204 points ahead of the second place Volvo. Unfortunately, he'll be racing in the Mid-Ohio Continental race in a Camaro and will have to start at the back for Sunday's race. He'll be joined at the back by Rookie of the Year contender Ray Mason in the #74 Columbus Truck Honda, who is also in Ohio at the helm of a Mustang.
It will be up to Brett Sandberg in his #70 Civic and Tom Ehlen in the #72 Speed Secrets Honda to hold up team honours during qualifying on Saturday.
"This is a hectic weekend for our team," noted Team Principal Karl Thomson. "I'll start my weekend in California for World Challenge and then head to Ohio for the Grand-Am banquet. It means I'll actually not be at either race in person, but with the power of the Internet, live timing and scoring and our team's live webcams, each squad will be able to cheer on the other."