Multiple-championship-winning team hopes for podiums in Florida and Utah.
(Homestead, Florida and Salt Lake City, Utah) -- The rigs have arrived and parked; the cars are ready to be unloaded and are ready for battle. And there's the hope of podiums in two very different locations for Toronto, Canada-based Compass360 Racing.
For the first time ever, C360R will field eight Honda Civic Si's on a single weekend. Four cars will compete in the ultra-competitive Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge event at Miami-Homestead Speedway. Four additional cars will vie for the top prize in the Pirelli World Challenge triple-header at Miller Motorsports Park just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.
"We are ready to win at both tracks," remarked Team Principal Karl Thomson. "We'll be running a mix of new 2012 Civic Si's and 2011-spec cars. Both series are really competitive and we're expecting tight fights at the front in Florida and Utah, but we are coming in to both weekends locked and loaded."
The team, which notched its first pro start in 2004 in Grand-Am and has been first or second in the championship five years running, started the 2012 season well with two second-place finished in the World Challenge season-opener at St. Petersburg, FL. The Grand-Am squad has had similarly strong results, notching seventh and Tenth at the most recent round in Barber, AL.
"Logistically there's a lot of work to do beyond the normal car prep and set-up," noted Technical Director Ray Lee. "There isn't a lot of track time at either weekend and we need to make sure the cars and drivers arrive at the track in fighting form."
Both series start on Thursday with promoter test days; Grand-Am's two-and-half-hour race is on Saturday; World Challenge's short three-race sprints are Saturday and Sunday. Grand-Am races require two drivers with a mandatory driver stop, while in World Challenge it's all up to the lone pilot.
On the east coast in Florida, Andrew Novich and Adam Burrows will drive the #74 Dr. Kimberly Henry / Speed Secrets Honda. Ray Mason and Ryan Eversley will helm the #75 Columbus Truck / Children's Tumor Foundation car, while John Kuitwaard and David Thilenius will race the #76 Metropolitan Foods / HPD Civic. Zach Lutz, who finished third in the 2011 championship returns to