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Long-running CTSC team welcomes new challenge in series’ first new class in many years

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TORONTO, CANADA — Compass Racing launches its 15th-consecutive season in IMSA’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge by opening a bold new chapter in the new-for-2018 TCR class with two Audi RS 3 LMS race cars.

“We were proud to be the first team to commit to this new IMSA class, and to now be the first to announce our driver line-ups,” remarked Team Principal Karl Thomson. “We’ve run for many years in this series, having not missed a race since January 2004, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to continue to grow our program in this paddock.”

Roy Block and Pierre Kleinubing — who drove the team’s ST-class Audi S3 to three podiums and a victory in 2017 — will pilot the team’s No. 75 APR / AlphaClone / Brooklyn Tailors / Race Day Foundation car. “We had a great year with the S3, ticking off all of our pre-season goals,” noted Block. “With the S3s for sale, we hope another team will be able to continue our success while we move up a class.”

Rodrigo Sales, who helmed a BMW in Pirelli World Challenge last season, will drive the No. 74 Pfaff Automotive / AERO Paint / Race Day Foundation Audi with Kuno Wittmer, who joins the squad from Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s GTLM BMW effort. “Having a chance to add Rodrigo and Kuno to our new TCR program is a great opportunity,” noted Technical Director Ray Lee. “We believe we’ve got a really strong driver line-up in both cars and expect to be in the hunt for the championship from the get-go.”

Compass Racing will build on its experience with the Audi platform, which netted the team a PWC championship in 2017 with pilot Paul Holton. “We got a lot of useful data last season that we hope will give us a leg-up on the competition,” said Thomson. “From what we’re hearing we should see quite a few Audis in IMSA for 2018, along with VWs, Alfa Romeo and hopefully Honda; the TCR class has a lot of good traction worldwide and it’s going to be exciting for us to be part of its first season in North America.”

The team has just completed a successful IMSA-sanctioned test at Daytona International Speedway with the TCR Audis and has further private testing in December in advance of the official Roar Before the 24 on January 5-7. The team’s first 2018 race is the four-our CTSC event at Daytona January 24-26, which will be televised on FOX Sports.

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About Pfaff Automotive Partners

Pfaff Automotive Partners, a leading Canadian automotive retailer, was founded in 1964. Its brand offering includes Volkswagen, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Porsche, McLaren, Singer Vehicle Design, Pagani, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Mazda automobiles, and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. It has a 50-plus-year racing history across many forms of motorsport. The company also operates Pfaff Tuning, Pfaff Leasing, and Pfaff Autoworks. For more information, please visit http://pfaffauto.com.

About APR

APR, LLC. is a global leader in performance aftermarket products for Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and other vehicles.  APR develops and manufactures hardware, software, calibration & data-logging tools for engine and transmission controllers, including intakes, exhaust systems, intercoolers, turbocharger systems, suspension, brake systems, wheels, and more.  APR delivers software via a 24-hour automated global delivery system from its 78,000 square foot state of the art facility in Opelika, Alabama. For details visit http://goapr.com.

About AlphaClone ETF

Most investors can’t conveniently access established hedge funds. AlphaClone’s mission is to empower investors by giving them efficient access to the investment ideas of established institutional investors and hedge funds. Their research and portfolio construction approach, called “cloning”, allows any investor to gain exposure to the alpha potential reflected in hedge fund and institutional manager public disclosures. As the AlphaClone name indicates, they seek to clone alpha through a proprietory “cloning” process and make it available to all types of investors. For details visit http://alphaclone.com.

About AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology

AERO Advanced Paint Technology™ is an environmentally sustainable paint applique that eliminates the need for harmful sprayers. AERO was initially designed for The Boeing Company as a lightweight paint film technology for the 787 Dreamliner. As such, the technology provides significant performance gains in weight reduction while enabling the finish to be a fully strippable system. AERO has proven to be successful in the motorsports industry due to the ease of install, significant weight savings, and enhanced durability. For details visit http://rethinkpaint.com.

About The Race Day Foundation 

The Race Day Foundation is a 501(c)(3) for-good foundation, offering children and families living with life-threatening illness a “day away” from their daily challenges. By harnessing the power of the racing and automotive communities, we are able to provide a uniquely empowering, hope-filled Race Day – a positive experience shared by patients, parents and siblings alike. Learn more at http://racedayfoundation.org

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