Hot Shot Hauraney Joins Compass360/Racing
Rising young Canadian racing talent Tim Hauraney will be making his debut in the Grand-Am Cup series at the Daytona 200 on February 3-4, 2005. Hauraney will be driving in the ST class for Toronto-based Compass360/Racing team in a BMW Z3 Coupe. Partnering with Hauraney will be Karl Thomson--owner and driver of the Compass360/Racing team along with veteran competitor Dave Rosenblum. It will be Hauraney's first time racing in a closed-wheel car and also his first time in an endurance race that will see the drivers switch with each other after an hour and a half run time.
"I am very excited about this wonderful opportunity that I have been given by the Compass360/Racing team. I am looking forward to the challenge and it will be nice to finally get behind the wheel of a race car again." It will also be the first time Hauraney has ever driven on the Daytona International Speedway road course. "I am also looking forward to the challenge of learning the track and experiencing the combined oval and road sections of Daytona."
Compass360/Racing was established by Thomson, who was Ontario Regional Champion and Rookie of the Year in 2003. The team competed in the Grand-Am Cup ST class in 2004, finishing 12th in the team point standings and 14th in the drivers standings. Compass360 also received the Kendall award from BARC for the most Successful Competitor in events outside of Ontario and they were the 2004 PCA Go Kart Champions.
"We are really excited to finally have the opportunity to be pro racing with Tim," said Thomson. "We've raced together in go karts for many years, and we're thrilled that we're able to be running with him in Grand Am Cup's premier race, the Daytona 200."
The field for the Grand Am Cup at Daytona will be one of the best in recent memory. "As it stands now there will be 60 cars on the track at one point so it is going to be pretty intense," said Hauraney. "The longest race distance I've ever done is 45 minutes, and at Daytona I expect to be driving for almost an hour and a half. This is going to be a great challenge and I can't thank the Compass360/Racing team enough for giving me this wonderful opportunity."
The race will be aired on SPEED TV, tape delayed and broadcast at a later date.
-Integrated Team Work