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Compass Racing headed to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's Sprint Cup

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Compass Racing headed to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's Sprint Cup

Compass Racing is headed to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's Sprint Cup series for 2019. McLaren factory driver Paul Holton and Matt Plumb have been tapped for driving duties in the seven-race championship in the team's McLaren 720S GT3.

McLaren 720S GT3

The 2019 IMSA season will be the debut of the new seven-race series within a series called the “IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup” for GT Daytona (GTD) class competitors. The series within a series is made up of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship sprint events, the two-hour, 40-minutes in length or shorter races.

The McLaren 720S GT3 is based on the 720S and is the first GT race car to be developed by the new customer racing division of McLaren Automotive. At the heart of the 720S GT3 is the light but immensely stiff carbon fiber MonoCage II chassis structure. A race-prepared version of the M840T 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine provides the power. The design and development work has been undertaken within a new dedicated GT race facility at McLaren Automotive in Woking, Surrey, where all new GT3 cars will be hand-assembled.

“We’re really excited to extend our partnership with McLaren by launching the new 720S GT3 in North America,” enthused Compass Racing’s Managing Director Jill Beck. “Paul has been one of the test drivers on the car through its development over the past year, and we all have high hopes for the first race car developed entirely in-house by McLaren Automotive.”

Compass Racing fielded McLaren’s 570S GT4 in IMSA’s former Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge for the past two seasons. Holton scored the most pole positions in the GS class in both years, and the team’s No.77 finished third in the championship in 2017. Holton and Plumb led the most laps in 2018, taking a season-best finish of second place at the Road Atlanta finale. The team also ran a 570S GT4 in the former Pirelli World Challenge in 2018, with Holton winning a nail-biting battle at Long Beach, California.

McLaren 720S GT3

“The new GT3 car has been a real revelation in testing, and I can’t wait to get it out on track in North America." said Holton "McLaren has put together a great team of people in their new Motorsport facility in Woking, and we are all committed to being competitive from the very first race.”

The Sprint Championship begins at Mid-Ohio in May, with 2-hour-and-forty-five-minute race. The series continues at Belle Isle (Detroit), Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Lime Rock Park, Road America, Virginia International Raceway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. CTMP and Laguna Seca will be televised live on NBC, with the remainder live on NBCSN.

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