In teaming up with Compass360/Racing, Kevin York of YORK Motorsport was part of a solid top-ten finish in the Grand Am Cup's ST class at this past Saturday's Lexus Grand American 250 race at California Speedway. A strategic qualifying position...
In teaming up with Compass360/Racing, Kevin York of YORK Motorsport was part of a solid top-ten finish in the Grand Am Cup's ST class at this past Saturday's Lexus Grand American 250 race at California Speedway.
A strategic qualifying position allowed team principle and lead driver, Karl Thomson, to watch the horde of Grand Am Cup cars from two classes sort out positions in the opening laps of the event.
With methodical and consistent driving, Thomson was able to hand over the Compass360/Racing BMW Z3 to York at the first refueling pit stop - in a solid class position - a little over an hour into the event.
York then drove the car in a swift and consistent fashion - including avoiding a near disaster created by the leading ST cars, as they impacted each other out of contention, just in front of the Compass360/Racing car.
Saturday morning, York noted: "After working around a few handling deficiencies the car showed in Friday's practice, Karl and I were able to find a comfort level with the BMW Z3 coupe' that made it an easy car to race. Ian McQuillan's (crew chief) preparation and ingenuity is to be commended as well as appreciated!"
One additional refueling stop was made during the race - the Compass360/Racing crew never missing a beat all weekend - and the drive to the finish found the team in ninth place in ST class and twenty-first (of forty-eight starters) overall!
Not only was the finish an excellent result for the small Toronto, Ontario Canada based team, but the overall results for the year are equally impressive - ten race finishes for ten race starts!
This sort of consistency is remarkable and speaks volumes about the Team's preparation (overseen by Ian McQuillan), all the crew, and the cast of co-drivers that assisted Thomson in a very successful first season of professional road racing with the Grand American Road Racing Series.
Grand American Road Racing Association, which sanctions the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup Series, is one of the fastest growing motorsports organizations in the United States. Established in 1999, Grand American's stated goal is to bring stability to professional sports car road racing in North America. The 10-race Grand-Am Cup calendar delivers professional sports car racing to many key markets throughout North America in addition to being televised in the United States and Canada on SPEED Channel and distributed globally through ESPN International.
SPEED Channel's coverage of the Fontana Grand Am Cup Series race will be Sunday, November 7, 2004, 5pm EST and again on Thursday, November 11, 2004, 3am EST.