Mario Farnbacher and Jeff Kingsley have been confirmed as drivers for Compass Racing’s switch to Acura machinery in the upcoming IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup season.
The two-time and reigning GT Daytona class champion will join 2020 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA champion Kingsley in the No. 76 Richard Mille-sponsored Acura NSX GT3 Evo beginning with the Mid-Ohio round of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season on May 14-16.
The team had campaigned a McLaren 720S GT3 in the two previous seasons of the Sprint Cup.
“We’re excited not only to return to GTD competition and extend our relationship with Honda Performance Development and Acura, but to welcome two top-level drivers to the program,” said team owner Jill Beck.
“The platform has proven to be championship-caliber over the past few seasons, and we’re looking forward to continuing that in IMSA’s Sprint Cup.”
Confirmation of Compass’ switch to Acura comes as the team embarks on the second round of the Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS season this weekend at Circuit of The Americas this weekend with a separate Acura entry for Matt McMurry and Rodrigo Sales.
“We’re truly thrilled to add another Richard Mille Acura NSX GT3 Evo to our 2021 programs,” said team principal Karl Thomson.
“We’re pleased to be working with two great drivers, and to continue with the folks at HPD and our other commercial partners: Richard Mille, Motul, Ebullition Brew Works and AERO Advanced Paint Technology.”
Kingsley made two starts for the California-based team in 2020 with its McLaren while subbing for Corey Fergus, which he said helped “pave the way” for a full-season Sprint Cup campaign this year.
“Mid-Ohio is close to the Honda factory that builds the NSX, and with the track set to welcome at least 20,000 fans we’ll be racing to bring the staff there a great results at their home track,” Kingsley said.
Farnbacher added. “I’m proud to once again represent HPD as a factory driver.
“I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of an NSX GT3 Evo, and to work with my new team and teammate to bring more podiums and wins for Acura.”