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Toronto, Canada—Compass360 Racing has added another long-time Grand-Am competitor to their driver roster. Christian Miller, who drove full-time with the team last year, returns to drive one of C360R’s Honda Civic Si’s in 2009.
“We’re so glad Christian’s joining us again,” enthused Team Principal Karl Thomson. “He had a great year in 2008, but I feel we have a little unfinished business to take care of: Chris really deserved a podium last season!”
In fact, although Miller had six top-ten finishes (including a remarkable five sixth-place results), he and initial co-driver Kevin York were the only C360R driver pairing who were denied a top-three finish in 2008. Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood took two wins last year (at Watkins Glen and Trois Rivieres) and were second at VIR, while Thomson and Travis Walker were third (at Daytona), as were Jeremy Willard and Ken Wilden (at Iowa).
“After Mosport last year we did our best to give Christian a good co-driver who would help him to bring that top-three finish home, and for a variety of reasons, it never worked out,” noted Thomson. “We’re looking to resolve that this year!”
Miller worked with the team developing the new Civic Si platform throughout 2008, and is bullish on the car’s prospects. “I’ve come to know these cars pretty well,” he remarked, “and (Technical Director) Ray Lee sure has put together one heck of a package. We worked on improving a lot of little things last year and I think the new C360R Hondas will be strong from the get-go.”
Interestingly, all of the drivers signed to the team are alumni: Travis Walker has been with the team since 2005. Matt Pritiko began his KONI Challenge career with Compass360 Racing in 2007, and Thomson’s been part of the Grand-Am community since 2003. “We’ve got a solid group of drivers who have proven results in the series, and specifically with our team,” noted Lee. “We’ll be finalizing our line-up for our Hondas over the next few weeks and are confident we can once again field equal team cars that can challenge for race wins and the KONI championship.”
The KONI Challenge race schedule starts on January 22nd in Daytona, Florida, and will be televised on SPEED.