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May 14, 2008 / news


Kevin York and Compass360 Racing ‘Unleash’ Unique Marketing Partner

“The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein had me riveted to its pages
until the book was finished ... Just read it.”—Peter Egan, Road & Track Magazine

So far in the 2008 Grand-Am Koni Series, Compass360’s Acura TSX #75 has been racing around the track with a mysterious marketing partner—a logo that simply reads ‘’ We’re pleased to finally be able to reveal that the sponsor behind the logo is novelist (and racing fan) Garth Stein. is the website for his new novel, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN.

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN is narrated by Enzo Swift, a loyal family dog who has educated himself about the world by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver, and those of his favorite racer, Aryton Senna. He’s learned that by using techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life’s ordeals—your car goes where your eyes go.

Stein is a former racecar driver himself, which led to his decision to get the word out about this book by sponsoring a racecar—an unusual move for a writer. But Compass360’s Acura #75 is not just any racecar. The driver, Kevin York, is Stein’s good friend and the real-life inspiration for the character of Denny Swift.

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN is available wherever books are sold (including or at Starbucks stores across the country. Additionally, driver Kevin York will be handing out a limited number of books at each of his races this summer. His next appearance will be May 23-26, Memorial Day weekend, at Lime Rock Park, CT.


About the driver: KEVIN YORK has been a motorsport competitor and coach for nearly two decades. He has competed in (and won) in various forms of motorsport. Licensed by Grand Am, FIA, WKA, ACCUS and ICSCC, Kevin has a depth and breadth of experience not seen in all drivers. For more detail, see

About the author: GARTH STEIN is the author of two previous novels, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets and Raven Stole the Moon, and a play, Brother Jones. He lives in Seattle with his family. Find out more at

About the team: COMPASS360 RACING (C360R) is the motorsports division of Compass360 Design + Advertising, a firm offering branding expertise to clients in diverse industries across North America. The team has fielded cars in Grand-Am’s KONI Challenge since 2004, rewarding Acura with with the Manufacturer’s Championship twice (in 2006 and 2007). For more details visit