Barber Pre-race Report
Karl Thomson and Aaron Povoledo both had great stints in the #76 car at Mid Ohio. Thomson was up to second; Povoledo had the car in third in the closing stages. Hot shots Travis Walker and Kuno Wittmer have a good chance at the win at Barber...
Toronto, ON -- June 26th, 2006
While the Kensai Racing with Compass360 team continues to build a new #75 Acura RSX-S (the original was destroyed at the Mid-Ohio race), the team's #76 car will be making the trek solo from Toronto to Grand Am's next event at Barber Motorsports Park.
Two young up-and-coming Canadian drivers -- Travis Walker and Kuno Wittmer -- will be piloting the team's sole entry, and there's every expectation they'll do well.
Nineteen-year-old Walker -- who has contested every Grand Am Cup race this season -- has demonstrated remarkable maturity behind the wheel with a rather impressive series of accomplishments. Walker took the pole at the season opener at Daytona, but had to start from the back of the pack due to a post-qualifying tech failure. He led the next race at Laguna Seca until being sidelined by an engine management glitch. Travis ran well at Phoenix, well into the top ten, and was strong at Lime Rock, but the #75 car didn't start the race due to damage sustained during morning warm-up by his co-driver. And at Mid-Ohio, he ran a solid second to Jamie Holtom's Cobalt throughout his stint. Unfortunately, his driving partner for the weekend, Taz Harvey, ran afoul of some lapped traffic, which resulted in a nasty shunt and a wrecked car.
Travis was recently voted Inside Track Magazine's "Up and Coming Road Racer of the Year", and it sure seems like he's bound to be on the Grand Am podium very, very soon.
Wittmer, meanwhile has been building upon his 2005 Honda/Michelin Championship by running in selected SPEED World Challenge races this season. Joining the Acura/Honda family with Kensai is a natural progression for the young Canadian, and he's looking forward to the close competition that the Grand Am Cup endurance format offers.
Kensai Racing has clearly demonstrated that their cars are solid, stout and very competitive. The team has two top-five results (Laguna Seca with Karl Thomson and Billy Johnson, and Mid-Ohio with Thomson and Aaron Povoledo) and hopes to stand on the top spot before the year is out. All told, the team is looking for another good result at Barber. Certainly, all the pieces are there!
The Grand Am Cup Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant runs this coming weekend, July 28-30th at the truly wonderful Barber Motorsports Park just outside of Birmingham, Alabama. It promises to be a great race at what has to be one of the finest racing facilities in North America. In other words, it's well worth a visit.
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For more information on Kensai Racing contact Ray Lee, (416) 752-2066. Visit http://www.kensairacing.com
For more information on Compass360 contact Karl Thomson, (416) 465-2299 x21 or email karlt at compass360 dot com. Visit http://www.compass360.com
For more information on the Grand Am Cup series visit http://www.grandamerican.com
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