Compass Racing is adding to its lineup for the 2018 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge as the team enters the new-for-2018 TCR class with with two Audi RS 3 LMS racecars.
Joining the team for 2018 are Rodrigo Sales, who helmed a BMW in Pirelli World Challenge last season, in the No. 74 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,” said 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.”
“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,” team principal Karl Thomson said. “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 car.
“We had a great year with the S3, ticking off all of our pre-season goals,” Block noted. “With the S3s for sale, we hope another team will be able to continue our success while we move up a class.”
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 further private testing in December before the Roar Before the 24 on January 5-7.