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Father And Son Team Transfer To IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge
Posted by: newsla on Feb 13, 2013 - 06:41 PM
Sports Cars
Father And Son Team Transfer To IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge

New IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama team owner John Thompson is hoping that his leadership, combined with his son Colin Thompson's skill behind the wheel, will combine to create an unmatched on-track duo that will catch the eye of the sports car community in 2013.


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Colin Thompson's desire to begin racing at five years old was handed down through his father from his grandfather. Though he only recently made the transition from the open-wheel ranks of the USF2000 Series, he and his father feel strongly that the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama series is the prime outlet to make their racing dreams a reality.

While the worldwide interest in sports cars continues to grow, the 19-year-old rookie is looking to climb up the ladder and eventually drive in a top sports car class. He is already heading in the right direction with two years of Team USA scholarship nominations under his helmet.

To prepare for his transition from open-wheel to the Porsche Cup car, Colin Thompson has modified his physical training and mindset to focus on the diverse conditions of sports car racing.

"I've changed my workout schedule accordingly for more endurance-focused racing and upper body strength," said Colin Thompson. "Also, I am being sure to take methodical steps during tests and practices to thoroughly understand the car."

Motorsports is an education in itself, but for Thompson it's only a subset of his pursuit toward higher education. When he's not on-track, Thompson is a college student like most 19-year-olds. He is currently attending Marist College, a private liberal arts school located in Poughkeepsie, New York.

"It's difficult, but I would never think of giving up on education or racing. It poses a challenge, but I budget time as efficiently as possible," said Thompson.

For Thompson's father John, it was a no-brainer to make the jump to GT3 Cup Challenge racing with a team under his family name.

"It's what we do," said John Thompson. "My whole life has revolved around the automobile business and, in turn, racing. I enjoyed many years of racing myself, and as Colin developed as a driver I saw it best to spend time and energy to show his potential."

With plans of eventually adding a second car to the team, Thompson Racing hopes to strengthen their position not only in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge paddock, but also on the podium.

"Our goals are to develop and grow our team," said John Thompson. "Our immediate plans are to make it to all of the races, present ourselves in a professional manner and get the results that we know we are capable of. We have plans of adding a second car and will keep our attention on all of the details that make a successful team."

Though John Thompson has also been racing most of his life, the Thompson family's continued inspiration has been fueled by their former relationship with Al Holbert and Holbert Racing, a team that had a long-standing history of success as five-time champions of the IMSA Camel GT series.

As longtime friends of the Holbert family, the Thompsons acquired Holbert's Porsche Audi VW dealership in 2010. Colin, driving the Thompson Porsche of Bucks County sponsored 911, will run the famous number 14 in hopes of channeling Holbert's energy in an effort to enjoy some of the same success.

"We know we are jumping in deep and have worked very hard in a short amount of time to put this program together," said John Thompson. "Our goals are to be consistent top-10 finishers and contend for podiums this year."

While Colin Thompson and Thompson Racing might be a new combination for 2013, Thompson is a name with solid roots in racing and the family is prepared to expand their experience to the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Series.

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