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KENSAI RACING WITH COMPASS360 HEADS TO HOMESTEAD WITH SERIES LEAD AND NEW SPONSORS, DUPONT AND NAPA Toronto, Canada -- Although it's been a few months since the team's ...

KENSAI RACING WITH COMPASS360 HEADS TO HOMESTEAD WITH SERIES LEAD AND NEW SPONSORS, DUPONT AND NAPA

Toronto, Canada -- Although it's been a few months since the team's #76 Acura TSX took the ST-class win at the season-opening race at Daytona in January, the team has found themselves busy preparing for the next event at Homestead this weekend.

Not only has the team been working to prepare their three-car team for the back-to-back races at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the new Iowa Speedway, but they've also displayed their cars at venues including the Canadian International Auto Show. "We've found that a lot of people are interested in street stock racing," said Kensai's Alan Shek. "Tuner cars and the KONI Street Tuner class make an amazing platform to promote Acura and our sponsors."

At Daytona Californian Billy Johnson took the win -- and the ST-class championship lead -- in the TSX he shares with Karl Thomson, after running in second place for the last part of the race, nose-to-tail with the #75 car of Travis Walker and Beau Buisson. Unfortunately, with a few laps to go a driveshaft let go on the leading car, precluding a 1-2 Kensai/Compass360 finish. "I know all of us drivers will be pushing hard because the competition is so tight," noted Thomson. "We'll be consistent and keep working together to make sure all three cars finish well, while doing what we can to keep Billy and me on top of the points standings."

Importantly, the team also announced today that Matt Pritiko's #74 Acura RSX-S will be welcoming two new season-long sponsors at the Homestead race. Dupont Performance Coatings Canada and NAPA Canada have signed on with the young London, Ontario-based karting star in his first year of Grand Am KONI competition. "I can't tell you how proud I am to welcome Dupont and NAPA to the team," enthused Pritiko. "They've seen that there is great value in promoting their automotive brands in the KONI Challenge. In fact, in repairing some of the Daytona damage to my #74 RSX we've already made use of their paint products!"

Dupont Canada's involvement with the team builds on Dupont's high- profile involvement in motorsports, namely their sponsorship of Jeff Gordon's #24 NASCAR Nextel Cup Chevrolet. NAPA is lead sponsor of Michael Waltrip's #55 Nextel Toyota. Good company for the Kensai/ Compass360 Acuras, indeed!

Longtime Grand American competitor Daniel Columbie is paired with Pritiko in the RSX for the Homestead and Iowa events, bringing a wealth of experience in a variety of cars, including the Chevrolet Cobalt Supercharged SS, which he campaigned in 2006 with Georgian Bay Motorsports. "We're excited that Daniel's joining us this year," remarked Thomson. "He's a proven talent and it's clear he and Matt will be up front, contesting for fastest times and wins right out of the box."

-credit: kr/compass360

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Beau Buisson , Karl Thomson , Billy Johnson , Travis Walker , Matt Pritiko