Christopher Haase (pictured above) and Ezequiel Companc have joined Starworks Motorsport’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship program for the upcoming Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 26-27.
Starworks announced last month that it was returning to IMSA competition for 2019 with a new Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO. Haase and Companc will race in the team’s No. 8 entry with Parker Chase and full-season driver Ryan Dalziel.
“I’m proud to have Haase and Companc complete our endurance line-up. Both have had fantastic results and bring the pace we need to win,” said team owner Peter Baron. “The competition is pretty intense in the GTD and I now believe we have one of the best line-ups by adding Chris and Ezequiel. We tested two weeks ago with Ryan, Parker, and Ezequiel and had great results. We have a great team environment, which I believe is one of the keys to victory.”
Audi Sport factory driver Haase, who took victory at the 2018 California 8 Hours at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and also has won the 24 Hours of Spa, 24 Hours of Nurburgring, and Petit Le Mans, will join the team for the Rolex 24 only.
“I am really happy to join Starworks Motorsport with Peter Baron,” said Haase. “The 24 Hours at Daytona is a prestigious race, and I already participated five times there. It is a race that every GT driver wants to be part of. The race is competition, strategy, and racing at its best. With the Audi we will have a great car that can always fight for the big trophies.”
Stepping in for all four races in the 2019 North American Endurance Cup, Argentina’s Companc (pictured, right) competed in this season’s Blancpain GT series, earning two podium finishes, having claimed a win and another podium in last year’s ADAC GT Masters series.
“It’s a new challenge for me to do all of the IMSA North American Endurance Cup with Starworks next year,” said Companc. “Everything will be new for me except the Rolex. I felt really comfortable with my new teammates, the team, and the car during the test in December, which my first time in an Audi. I am sure we will be fighting on top.”