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Jan 21, 2015 / news


Team begins twelfth consecutive IMSA/Grand-Am season with strong multi-class program 

DAYTONA, FL — The rigs have arrived, disgorged their cargo, and the crews are hard at work with final preparations for the first round of this season’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, marking the start of what promises to be another highly-competitive championship.

No stranger to the high banks of the famed World Center of Racing — Daytona International Speedway — Compass Racing will field the No.76 GS-class Subaru WRX STi with Ray Mason and Pierre Kleinubing at the helm, along with a three-strong ST-class effort with Honda Civic Si’s.

Season-long drivers Jim McGuire and Nico Rondet in the No. 74 Honda, with Paul Holton and Kyle Gimple in the No.75, will be joined by brothers Benoit and Donald Theetge in the No.77 car.

“We’ve been strong here with our Hondas and Acuras in the past,” noted Team Principal Karl Thomson, remarking on the team’s record of a win and three podiums over the past few seasons. “This is an ideal way to thank our friends at Honda Performance Development for their support since we started with them nearly ten years ago.”

The team has been developing two new ST-class Audi S3s that are expected to debut at Sebring in two month’s time, with the Hondas being tapped for duty in the Pirelli World Challenge’s Touring Car series.

“Looking at the weather report, it could be rainy for the race, which would suit our Subaru just fine,” said Technical Director Ray Lee. “We know the Hondas are good rain or shine, and hope to get on the box again here at Daytona.”

The team will once again be supporting the Children’s Tumor Foundation Racing4Research program, with each car carrying some CTF branding as part of their livery. Additionally, the No.75 Honda and No.76 Subaru will proudly wear “Art Car” liveries created by NF Hero Jeffery Hanson. “We’re looking forward to hosting the CTF kids and their families once again this weekend, here to cheer us on for Friday’s race and then stay for the Rolex 24,” said Thomson.

The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season kicks off with the BMW Performance 200 at Daytona International Speedway. Stream it live on, January 23 at 1:45pm ET.

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