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- Paul Holton
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TORONTO, CANADA—After a very successful test at Lime Rock Park earlier this week, Compass360 Racing today announced that Kenny Wilden and Jeremy Willard have been signed to drive the team’s #73 Acura TSX for the 2008 season. The car will feature sponsorship from Pure, a new player in the shampoo, hair care and body wash market.
The addition of Wilden and Willard brings yet another driver pairing capable of race-winning results to the C360R fold. “These guys are an amazing addition to our team,” remarked Crew Chief Ray Lee. “We’ve got four cars that can run up front in every race, with drivers that can finish on the podium and battle for championships.”
Wilden’s experience is extensive: he recently drove with Mike Shank’s DP team, along with a number of KONI Challenge GS and ST programs, notching solid results (usually top-five) along the way. Kenny won Firehawk and Players championships in 1992, and Motorola Cup in 1994, and was a fixture in Champ Car Atlantics, finishing second in the 1999 championship (again with Mike Shank).
Willard brings the focus of a pro to the table, having been Canadian Windsurfing Champion, and an internationally seeded competitor. “The drive and discipline that took Jeremy to championships on the water give him an advantage on the track,” noted Wilden. “He’s got amazing natural talent and a competitive instinct that will deliver results.”
Willard and Wilden join 2007 KONI ST-class Champions Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood, along with 2007 ST runner-up Karl Thomson on the team. “We’ve got amazing talent in each of our four cars.” said Thomson. “I’ve got Travis Walker, who was Inside Track’s Up-and-coming Road Racer of the Year, as my co-driver. Plus, perennial podium-finisher Christian Miller is paired with former Speed Secrets coach Kevin York. Top that off with a high-profile sponsor for the new #73, and you know we are stoked!”
Willard and Wilden were equally excited . “The test went really well, and we were pleased with how fast we clicked with the guys,” noted Willard. Added Wilden, “It went exactly as I had hoped and, frankly, expected it to. Ray and Karl have put together a great team.”
Compass360 Racing is the motorsports division of Compass360 Design + Advertising, a firm offering branding expertise to clients in diverse industries around the globe. The team has competed in Grand American Road Racing since 2004. For details visit http://www.C360R.com or email racing at compass360 dot com.