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Britt Casey Jr. and Tom Long pair to helm the No. 77 TRUMPF Audi RS 3 LMS
TORONTO, CANADA — Compass Racing today announced that Britt Casey Jr. and Tom Long have been signed to drive the team's No. 77 Audi RS 3 LMS in the burgeoning TCR class in IMSA’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, with primary sponsorship from German industrial machine tools manufacturer TRUMPF Inc. The duo paired for a number of races in the ST class in a Mazda MX-5 last year for a best result of second place at Road America.
This marks a third full-season TCR car for Compass Racing, with Casey and Long joining Roy Block and Pierre Kleinubing (who drive the No. 75 APR / AlphaClone / Brooklyn Tailors / Race Day Foundation car) and Rodrigo Sales and Kuno Wittmer (in the No. 74 Pfaff Automotive / AERO Paint / Race Day Foundation machine).
“We’re excited to add another really strong driver line-up to our TCR debut in IMSA,” remarked Team Principal Karl Thomson. “Our experience running the platform last season in World Challenge will, we hope, give us a little bit of an advantage over the other teams. But certainly, having the driver line-ups that we do is the best chance for good results."
Noted Casey: “I really have to give a much-deserved thank you for the collective efforts of everyone involved in this program. It's extremely exciting to align TRUMPF with a German brand. Audi Sport customer racing and their thorough development of the RS3 LMS platform has already shown its strengths and Compass Racing brings more knowledge and experience than any other team in IMSA's TCR class. I'm looking forward to racing with them instead of against them this year! Tom is someone I consider family and has been integral part of my career and this opportunity to drive together for the upcoming season is something special.”
“We are excited to once again sponsor Britt Casey, Jr. for the 2018 racing season,” said Mr. Burke Doar, Senior Vice President of TRUMPF Inc. “Britt has been a great ambassador for the TRUMPF brand displaying tremendous determination, work ethic and integrity all while maintaining a humble demeanor. We are proud of his achievements on and off the track, and look forward to watching him race in the new Continental Tire Series' TCR class with the Compass Racing team.”
In addition to being a full-time Marketing student at Miami University’s Farmer School of Business in Oxford, OH, Casey works at Audi Sport customer racing’s US headquarters in West College Corner, Indiana. “We’re all excited to see Britt getting the chance to drive an Audi,” noted AScr Director of Operations Brad Kettler. “He and Tom should be quick right out of the box."
Tom Long agreed: "I'd like to thank Compass Racing and Audi Sport customer racing for the opportunity this season to represent TRUMPF in this exciting new class. TCR has proven to be extremely popular overseas and I think here stateside with IMSA will be no different. The knowledge and expertise Compass Racing brings with these cars in the paddock is unparalleled, and I couldn't think of a stronger team to showcase TRUMPF with the new TCR package.”
The debut of the 2018 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will take place during the four-hour endurance event at Daytona International Speedway on January 26th. The race is streamed live on IMSA.com and will be broadcast, tape-delayed on FOX Sports.
TRUMPF is a market and technology leader in machine tools and lasers for industrial manufacturing. Founded in 1923 as a series of mechanical workshops, and has since developed into one of the world's leading companies for machine tools, laser technology, and electronics for industrial applications. The company's innovations play a role in virtually every sector of industry, from software that paves the way for smart factories to solutions for high-tech processes in industrial electronics. Some 12,000 people work at TRUMPF worldwide, helping to promote its positive attitude and achievements as a family-run company with revenues in excess of three billion Euros. http://trumpf.com.
About Pfaff Automotive Partners
Pfaff Automotive Partners, a leading Canadian automotive retailer, was founded in 1964. Its brand offering includes Volkswagen, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Porsche, McLaren, Singer Vehicle Design, Pagani, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Mazda automobiles, and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. It has a 50-plus-year racing history across many forms of motorsport. The company also operates Pfaff Tuning, Pfaff Leasing, and Pfaff Autoworks. For more information, please visit http://pfaffauto.com.
APR, LLC. is a global leader in performance aftermarket products for Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and other vehicles. APR develops and manufactures hardware, software, calibration & data-logging tools for engine and transmission controllers, including intakes, exhaust systems, intercoolers, turbocharger systems, suspension, brake systems, wheels, and more. APR delivers software via a 24-hour automated global delivery system from its 78,000 square foot state of the art facility in Opelika, Alabama. For details visit http://goapr.com.
About AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology
AERO Advanced Paint Technology™ is an environmentally sustainable paint applique that eliminates the need for harmful sprayers. AERO was initially designed for The Boeing Company as a lightweight paint film technology for the 787 Dreamliner. As such, the technology provides significant performance gains in weight reduction while enabling the finish to be a fully strippable system. AERO has proven to be successful in the motorsports industry due to the ease of install, significant weight savings, and enhanced durability. For details visit http://rethinkpaint.com.
About The Race Day Foundation
The Race Day Foundation is a 501(c)(3) for-good foundation, offering children and families living with life-threatening illness a "day away" from their daily challenges. By harnessing the power of the racing and automotive communities, we are able to provide a uniquely empowering, hope-filled Race Day - a positive experience shared by patients, parents and siblings alike. Learn more at http://racedayfoundation.org.