Former KPAX Racing driver Robb Holland will drive Compass360 Racing’s fourth Honda Civic Si at the opening race weekend of the Pirelli World Challenge at St. Petersburg, where the championship supports for the first IndyCar round of 2012.
Holland joins Todd Lamb, Shea Holbrook and Ryan Winchester as part of the team’s all new line-up as they return to defend their drivers’ title in World Challenge’s Touring Car class, which was won by Lawson Aschenbach.
Last year Holland along with Aaron Povoledo raced with KPAX Racing in the newly built Volvo C30, but the team will no longer be racing in World Challenge’s TC class, instead focussing on their GT programme with the S60 and running a single C30 in the USTCC for Robert Thorne.
“Robb drove for us a few years ago in Grand-Am and I’ve been working ever since to get him back in one of our cars,” said C360R Team Principal Karl Thomson.
“He had several great battles with Lawson Aschenbach last year and really showed his strength as a driver. He has more experience around this tough St. Pete course than any other driver in the TC field and I think that will be a great asset for us as we begin the defense of our title.”
Robb Holland added: “With the Volvo C30 program coming to a close late in the year, I was scrambling to find a good ride as most seats had already been filled. C360R consistently runs one of the best and most professional teams in any series and I was flattered when they asked me to drive for them at St. Pete.”
“I drove the Civic Si for them early in its development, and although it may not have the straight-line speed of the (Mazda)Speed3 or VW, I’m confident the package will be competitive as they have a good handle on how to make that car work. I spent a lot of time looking at its taillights last year, and now I’m really looking forward to the view from the drivers seat.”
Holland is currently only signed for the St. Petersburg round but the team hopes to extend this into a full year deal in World Challenge.