There has been much recent discussion, both online and off, regarding the future of the International Motor Sports Association following less than stellar events at the Daytona International Speedway and Sebring International Raceway. Although both race weekends produced large fields, and had above average fan support, they were plagued by long periods of caution, and somewhat questionable interpretations of the rulebook by race officials.
Recently, however, the sanctioning body has announced a few adjustments to it's rules package, and hope for the future remains high. Although there have been a few teams who have left the series for other opportunities in racing, some teams have expanded their stables in preparation for the remainder of the season.
On Thursday, April 3, rookie competitor James Vance announced that he will join forces with Compass360 Racing for the remainder of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season. Vance, 21, joins the team immediately, with their first race together scheduled for May 2-3 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. where he and teammate Jon Miller will share the No. 74 Honda Civic Si fielded by C360R in the Sport Tuner (ST) class.
"I am extremely excited to get to work at Laguna Seca," Vance said. "Especially as I have been quick each time I have been there in the past. Signing with C360R and being able to work with such an experienced team with a winning pedigree is definitely an honor."
Toronto-based C360R offered Vance the dual advantages of a championship-winning team located near his Ontario home. C360R has won series championships in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010, the World Challenge Touring Car series in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and the Canadian Touring Car Championship in 2010.
"With my hometown being Toronto, it comes hand in hand as C360R is also based out of Toronto," Vance continued. I am looking forward to getting to work with my teammate Jon Miller, and I am anticipating a successful season with this amazing team!"
"After the first two rounds being a bit of a roller coaster for me, as well as Jon, I think it is going to be imperative for us to just finish races and consistently score points for this long championship road," Vance added.
C360R Team Principal Karl Thomson is thrilled to welcome the talented Vance to his team and is confident the tandem of Vance and Miller will be successful.
"James impressed us with his performances in the first two races of this Continental Tire season," Thomson said. "We feel he'll make an excellent partner to Jon Miller in our No. 74 Honda Civic Si. As an added bonus, he's based in Toronto, not far from our shop, so I expect he'll be able to work very closely with our crew over the coming season."
Vance also will bring his sponsors, Bionic Environments Inc. of North America and ExpoSystems USA, to C360R and its No. 74 Honda Civic Si. The continued support of those sponsors has enabled Vance to make a seamless transition to the new team.
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