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(Lakeville, CT) -- Compass360 Racing has added some more top drivers to their Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Championship effort, with John Kuitwaard and Bob Beede having been signed to drive the team's Hondas for the race at Lime Rock Park this Memorial Day weekend.
Beede, winner of two Grand-Am series championships at the helm of Honda and Acura cars, will join Ryan Eversley in the #75 Children's Tumor Foundation Honda Civic Si. Eversley's regular co-driver, Keith Carroll is unable to attend the race due to business commitments, and is looking forward to returning to the wheel next week in Watkins Glen.
"I'm excited to be back with Compass360 for Lime Rock, my home track," exclaimed Beede. "Obviously these guys showed that the Civic can still do the business by winning in the last race at Virginia, so we'll do our best to continue that at the Lime Rock bullring." Eversley notched first win of the year for the team at Virginia International Raceway two weekends ago, sharing the #75 with Team Principal Karl Thomson.
Similarly, Kuitwaard is no stranger to success at the hands of a C360R Honda, having won the race in 2009 with co-driver Travis Walker. "Lime Rock is a momentum track, and it's my home track too. We know the restrictor is still keeping us down on power, but hopefully that won't be as much of an issue this weekend." John will be driving the #77 Speed Secrets Honda with Andrew Novich, who is itching to find a podium spot after being so close at Daytona earlier this year, where he finished fourth.
David Thilenius and Zach Lutz will once again pair in the #74 J.C. Concrete Civic Si, giving the team three driver line-ups capable of getting on the box. "These two guys deserve a good result, especially after Zach got sideswiped by a lapped car at VIR, which took him out of fourth spot with a good possibility of a podium," noted Thomson.
The Continental Tire series is part of an action-packed Memorial Day weekend at Lime Rock, with the Street Tuner race starting at 10:30am Saturday.