AUSTIN, TX — The Pirelli World Challenge season opens this weekend at one of the continent’s premier tracks, the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The series includes seven different classes, featuring an astonishing variety of cars including everything from wildly winged Lamborghinis to grocery-getting MINI Coopers.
C360R (Compass360 Racing) first entered PWC for the 2011 season and quickly proved to be championship contenders, amassing an impressive string of results, including four Manufacturers’ Championships (for Honda), three Drivers’ Championships, three Team Championships, and having been voted “Crew of the Year” for the past three seasons. Team drivers have won Rookie of the Year two years in a row.
“We’ve enjoyed a lot of success over the last four years in World Challenge,” noted Team Principal Karl Thomson. “We’re looking forward to extending that string of results with our new TCA program.”
With the Touring Car classes having seen some significant rules changes over the off-season, the team’s stalwart Honda Civic Si’s move from TC class to TCA, in which C360R will field two cars.
Emilee Tominovich will helm the No.72 Honda for the entire season, while the No.71 car will be shared amongst a few different drivers. For CoTA, team driver Paul Holton has been tapped to handle duties behind the wheel. “Paul’s performance in the IMSA race at Daytona in January really impressed us, and we have enjoyed working with him in testing in Florida since then,” remarked Technical Director Ray Lee. “He and Emilee should work really well together to get to the front.”
The team extends its highly successful “Art Car” program with the Children’s Tumor Foundation, with both cars featuring a different piece of art by acclaimed painter, and 2015 CTF Ambassador Jeffrey Owen Hanson. The 20-year-old philanthropic artist is visually impaired from an optic nerve tumor related to neurofibromatosis – known simply as NF – that is a common yet under-recognized genetic disorder that can cause tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. NF affects one in every 3,000 people, more than cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and Huntington’s disease combined.
“I can’t wait to get the season underway,” enthused Tominovich, who recently graduated from nursing school. “TCA looks to be really competitive, but our testing earlier this year gave me a lot of confidence that the C360R cars will be quick.”
The PWC races from CoTA will be live streamed on the World Challenge website (http://world-challengetv.com) and will also air on CBS Sports, tape-delayed on Wednesday, March 18th at 8pm EST.
About Compass360 Racing
Compass360 Racing (C360R) is the motorsports division of Compass360 Brand Architects, a Toronto-based firm offering marketing expertise to clients in diverse industries across North America. The team, which has been competing in professional racing continually since 2004, fields front-running cars in IMSA’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, winning series Championships in 2010, 2009, 2007, and 2006. C360R also won Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car Championships in 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011, and the Canadian Touring Car Championship in 2010. Its 2015 program includes a CTSCC GS-class Subaru, two ST-class Audis and two PWC TCA-class Hondas. For details please visit http://C360R.com, “Like” on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/C360R, and follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/C360R.
Developed by the Children’s Tumor Foundation, the Racing4Research™ (R4R) program utilizes competitive, professional auto racing as a vehicle to increase awareness of neurofibromatosis (NF) and to raise funds for research through corporate sponsorship, personal donations, and individual fundraising by NF Heroes – children and adults from around the country who live with neurofibromatosis. The Racing4Research program offers families living with the disorder a uniquely empowering weekend, and has raised more than $3 million dollars since 2008.