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Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Racers Swap Rides to take on KONI Challenge LEXINGTON, OH--19 June 09--Those looking to find Jamie Slone behind the wheel of the No. 00 Ford Racing Mustang Challenge "Media Car" will have to set their sights on a...

Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Racers Swap Rides to take on KONI Challenge

LEXINGTON, OH--19 June 09--Those looking to find Jamie Slone behind the wheel of the No. 00 Ford Racing Mustang Challenge "Media Car" will have to set their sights on a different paddock, as a healthy chapter of seat swapping will take place this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

As Karl Thomson returns to make his second Ford Racing Mustang Challenge start driving the No. 00 Ford Mustang FR500S this weekend, Slone and fellow Mustang Challenge racer Ted Anthony Jr. have been tabbed to co-drive the No. 76 Compass360 Racing entry in Sunday's EMCO Gears Classic in Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge competition.

That the distinctive black and orange KONI Challenge Street Tuner (ST) machine will be piloted by Slone and Anthony is little coincidence, as Thomson runs the KONI Championship-leading Compass squad.

The seat swap of sorts represents part of the partnership between the Mustang Challenge, as Compass360 Design+Advertising, was responsible not only for re-designing Mustang Challenge.com, but also anchors the production team that collaborates to create the videos that celebrate the excitement that Mustang Challenge creates every race weekend.

"I'm really excited to have Ted and Jamie join Compass360 Racing this weekend, and I've been really impressed with their performance in testing so far today," said Thomson, who is hoping the two add to Compass 360R 's impressive season to date, having scored three wins so far. "It's a busy weekend for me, going from wearing a helmet to race in Mustang Challenge to wearing the headset as a KONI Challenge team owner, but I love it and this is really a great opportunity for everyone."

Slone's competition focus this weekend has him in a different mode from his last few on-track outings, which have seen the Arizona-based racer behind the wheel of the Media Car providing rides to media members during the race weekends.

"With those rides, I'm all slide-ways, just trying to give them a taste of some of the excitement of being in the car," said Slone. "But of course, that's not fast! So this is completely different mindset for me. I was really excited to hook up with C360R this weekend and to having Ted as my co-driver. I'm just trying to soak up all the fun that I can. I was on the top step of the podium here at Mid-Ohio last year in Mustang Challenge, and to get the chance to try and do it again in KONI Challenge this Sunday is something I'm really looking forward to."

The front wheel drive outing also has another added benefit for Anthony Jr., the same precious resource that all racers chase- seat time.

While his co-driver Slone was the winner in the Mustang Challenge event in 2008, this weekend marks the first time that Anthony has taken to the twisty and challenging 2.258-mile circuit in rural Ohio as he works to strengthen his position in the Mustang Challenge championship standings.

"This is great for me because even though the cars are obviously a lot different, the more laps you have at any track, the better," said Anthony. "Also, this car really responds well to smooth inputs with the throttle, and I know that is going to pay off when I get back into the Mustang. Compared to Mosport last weekend, this track couldn't be more different, so I'm happy to get as many laps in as I can and am really looking forward to the chance to race twice this weekend!"

The move to front wheel drive equipment is also a fresh experience for Anthony Jr., who had but one day of on-track action in front wheel drive machinery so far in his career.

"It was when I was about 16 years old, driving my dad's daily driver Jetta at PIR, so not really what you would call a lot of experience!!" joked Anthony, who is making his second KONI outing of the season.

The EMCO Gears weekend will continue with practice and qualifying on Friday in advance of Saturday's 12:40 PM race start.

-credit: www.mustangchallenge.com

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Series Road racing
Drivers Karl Thomson , Jamie Slone , Ted Anthony Jr.
Teams Compass360 Racing