Grand Sport McLaren 570S GT4
- Paul Holton
- Matt Plumb
Long-time Sportscar team expands on successful IMSA and World Challenge programs
VISTA, CA — Celebrating its fifteenth consecutive season in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge competition, and its seventh in Pirelli World Challenge, Compass Racing unveiled a refined brand for the squad and announced the launch of a new west-coast facility for the championship sportscar team.
“For 2018 forward, we’ll fly under the ‘Compass Racing’ banner, dropping the ‘360’,” noted Team Principal Karl Thomson. “Compass Racing is what most people in the paddock call us, and it makes sense to operate under a simpler, cleaner brand.” The team’s iconic circle/star logo remains unchanged, and will feature prominently on race cars, crew suits and support vehicles.
The announcement coincides with the opening of a new facility in Southern California that offers restorations and modifications to air-cooled Porsches, as well as west-coast-specific racing programs.
“I started my racing career in a Porsche, and it’s exciting to open a new chapter for Compass Racing,” remarked Thomson. “We have the opportunity to work with a tremendously talented automotive designer who shares my vision for vintage Porsches, and having a presence in SoCal makes a lot of sense for us.”
Bob Beck, a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, has been named Director of Special Projects at the new shop in Vista, California. Three cars are currently in development with the plan to debut the first two at Luftgekült in April. “Karl and I are both long-time Porsche Club members, and I’m excited to be designing bespoke parts that will feature on our cars,” enthused Beck. “Car culture is very strong here and I think people will really like what we’re creating, bringing the team's race-car sensibility to street-legal Porsches."
Thomson said, “We’ll also be expanding our footprint to compete in amateur and historic racing, such as the Pirelli Trophy Cup, PCA Club Racing, HSR and the like, which will complement our professional programs in IMSA and World Challenge.”
The pro-series squad will remain based in Toronto, with the team having already announced its four-car driver line-ups for its IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge effort (which won the first two TCR events at Daytona and Sebring) as well as its two-car Pirelli World Challenge program (which took a top-five result at Austin in the season-opener), both featuring cars from McLaren and Audi.