Ken Wilden of Oakville, co-driving with Andrew Caddell, of Graham, Wash., rode a Ford Mustang GT race car to a ninth-place finish overall in Friday’s Fresh from Florida 200 preliminary to this weekend’s 24 Hours of Daytona.
Wilden was top Canadian finisher in the Grand Am Racing Continental Tire Challenge race at Daytona International Speedway, which was won by Gianluis Bacardi of Miami and Matt Plumb of Newport, R.I., driving a BMW M3 Coupe.
– Fraser Wellon of Mississauga (with Barry Ellis of Fort Lauderdale) finished 14th overall in a Porsche 997.
– Benoit Theetge and Donald Theetge, of Boischatel, Que., were 27th overall but fourth in the Street Tuner (ST) class in a Honda Civic.
– Taylor Hacquard of Vancouver (with Ryan Ellis of Asburn, Va.) was 33rd (and 10th in the ST class) in a Mazda Speed 3.
– David Empringham of Toronto (with Jade Buford of Brentwood, Tenn.) was 50th overall and 27th in the Grand Sport (GS) class in a Mustang Boss 302R.
– Gunter Schmidt of Midland (with Thomas Lepper of Benicia, Calif.) was 52nd overall and 25th in the ST class in a Chevrolet Cobalt SS.
– Scott Maxwell of Toronto (with Joe Foster of Atlanta and Rob Huffmaster of Rochester Hills, Mich.) finished 56th overall and 30th in the GS class in a Multimatic Motorsports Mustang Boss 302R.
– Andrew Danyliw of Toronto and Jamie Holtom of Ottawa were 70th overall and 33rd in the ST class in a Chevrolet Cobalt SS.
– Paul Dalla Lana of Toronto (co-driving with Bill Auberlen of Redondo Beach, Calif.) was 73rd – and 38th in the GS class – in a BMW M3 Coupe.
– Daniel DiLeo of Uxbridge didn’t start with his partner Eric Foss in their Porsche 997.
The big Canadian success story was Karl Thomson’s Compass360 Racing team.
Lawson Aschenbach of West Palm Beach and David Thilenius of Howell, Mich., drove the Compass360 Honda Civic SI to a 24th place finish overall but first – No. 1 – in the Street Tuner class.
As mentioned, Benoit and Donald Theetge drove another Compass350 car to a fourth in class and yet another Compass car, this one wheeled by Ryan Eversley of Winder, Ga., and Zach Lutz of Lawrenceville, Ga., finished fifth in class.
There were 45 Grand Sport entries and 36 in the Street Tuner class so it was a little crowded out there.