USA: AIM Autosport announces driver lineup

AIM ANNOUNCES 2005 FORMULA BMW USA DRIVERS AIM Autosport, long recognized for its success in developing young open-wheel drivers and engineers, announced today its driver line up for the 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship Series. Signing with...

AIM ANNOUNCES 2005 FORMULA BMW USA DRIVERS

AIM Autosport, long recognized for its success in developing young open-wheel drivers and engineers, announced today its driver line up for the 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship Series. Signing with AIM Autosport are Rob Bunker, of Bridgewater, N.J. and Kevin Lacroix, of Saint-Eustache, Quebec both 16 years old and entering their first year of professional racing.

AIM Autosport identifies the Formula BMW USA series as the first level of its driver development process. The competitive nature of the series with equal equipment places an emphasis on the drivers' ability to communicate efficiently with the team, developing skills required to advance to the next level. This championship offers a competitive package with many excellent incentives including a great deal of exposure through high profile events on its schedule, aggressive marketing, unique hosting and potential for future scholarships.

"We are excited to be mentoring two more series rookies this year. Last year we had great success with James Hinchcliffe winning the Rookie Cup and this year we have two drivers very capable of winning rookie and overall titles." said AIM team manager Keith Willis.

Rob Bunker #18 (AIM Autosport /Team RennSport)

Quotes from Rob: "I'm excited to be joining AIM's Formula BMW USA program in 2005. We had our eye on the Formula BMW USA series all last year and were impressed with AIM and their results. When we got the chance to test with them this past November we jumped at the opportunity. Since then, we've completed eleven days of pre-season testing with AIM. Throughout all of the tests, we really clicked as a team. Keith Willis and Scott Styler from AIM, along with my driver coaches Ross Bentley and Bob Perona from Speed Secrets, have all been very helpful in getting me up to speed in the Formula BMW FB2. Now that the season has officially started, we're anxious to get to our first race at Laguna. I'm highly confident that we will be a dominate force in the Series in 2005."

Kevin Lacroix #22 (AIM Autosport /Auto Parts Plus-Uni-Select/Pennzoil/ CR/SKF Motor sports/Raybestos/Tenneco Automotive/Les Pièces d'auto Lacroix)

Quotes from Kevin: "It's my first year in open-wheel racing and I think that Formula BMW USA is a very good series to start in, it's a very competitive championship including the World Final which gives a very high goal to aim for. BMW is providing large support with it's entire scholarship program and it helps a lot. My goal in my racing career is to become a Formula 1 driver and if I want to achieve this I have to start in the right series. But even more important is to be on the right team- one to help me get to the top and deliver results. And I know AIM Autosport is the right team. We've started testing and I am very confident in them, I've already learned a lot and I know they can teach me plenty more. They are always going in correct direction in terms of car set-up and it proves they have knowledge of the car and that makes me very confident. I also like their personality; they are relaxed and cool under pressure, that's very important for me. AIM can win championships, their past results prove it, so I think I have everything I need for me to win the championship this season."

AIM Autosport Notes:

- Pre-season testing for the championship continues in the lead up to the opening race in the 2005 season April 29th at Laguna Seca Raceway in California.

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Established in 1995 with a mandate to identify, train and manage emerging motorsport talent AIM operates multi-car teams competing in the Formula BMW USA Championship and the Star Mazda Series North American Championship. Among those drivers who have graduated from AIM Autosport are former series and rookie champions james hinchcliffe, Andrew Ranger, Andrew Bordin, J.F.Veilleux, Jonathan Macri, L.P. Dumoulin, Anthony Simone and Dan Burchill. Other notable AIM graduates include, Sam Hornish Jr., Billy Asaro, mark wilkins, Ashley Taws, Paul Dana, Tom Dyer, Josh Schreiber, Dan McMullen and Antoine Bessette.

AIM Autosport's development programs are recognized and supported by Franczak Enterprises, GAS Jeans , Mechanix Wear and Wired Messenger.

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Jonathan Macri , Ross Bentley , Andrew Bordin , Ashley Taws , Dan McMullen , Paul Dana , Antoine Bessette , Andrew Ranger , Dan Burchill , Kevin Lacroix , James Hinchcliffe , Billy Asaro , Sam Hornis , Tom Dyer