Montreal: AIM Autosport preview

AIM Autosport expects busy, exciting time in Montreal Enthusiastic fans highlight return to scene of first victory Woodbridge, Ont. (August 24, 2010) -- AIM Autosport's Daytona Prototype team is off to Montreal this weekend to race their Pacific...

AIM Autosport expects busy, exciting time in Montreal
Enthusiastic fans highlight return to scene of first victory

Woodbridge, Ont. (August 24, 2010) -- AIM Autosport's Daytona Prototype team is off to Montreal this weekend to race their Pacific Mobile/Biosign Ford Riley at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the site of their maiden Grand-Am win. Saturday's Montreal 200 is the penultimate round of the 12-race Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.

This event will prove busier than usual for both drivers and crew as AIM Autosport is the only Canadian team in the series and the Montreal 200 is the only race on Canadian soil.

For driver, Mark Wilkins, Thursday begins at the track media centre where he will participate in a Grand-Am media conference beginning at 11:15am. Meanwhile the crew will await Grand-Am's noon signal that teams may open their trailers. The first task for AIM Autosport is to pull out the race car and load it onto another truck for transport to the Ford Racing Festival which takes place on Crescent street from 1 to 5pm. The crew will then begin setting up their temporary base for the weekend.

Following the media conference, Mark will head to Crescent Street where he will be joined by co-driver, Burt Frisselle so that they can meet race fans, show off their Pacific Mobile/Biosign Ford Riley, perform driver change demonstrations and participate in a question/answer session. Then they will attend a reception hosted by Ford Racing.

Next, Burt and Mark will head to an autograph session from 7 to 8pm at OPUS Hotel, 10 Sherbrooke Ouest, where they will stay during their Montreal excursion.

During the event, AIM will play host to representatives from several sponsors while trying to accommodate family, friends and a flood of fans. They must also deal with Friday's heavy schedule which includes nearly 4 hours of practice time and the qualifying session.

Relatively free of scheduled responsibilities, Saturday will allow the team to soak up and enjoy the attention before heading into the two-hour-long race starting at 2:15pm.

"I am very excited about the race in Montreal," Burt said. "It will be fun to have the Pacific Mobile/Biosign car out on Crescent Street and meet the fans. It would be great if we can score another win for AIM, especially at the team's home race."

"Spending a day at the Ford Racing Festival, meeting fans and chatting about racing gets me excited every year," said Mark. "AIM has had great success here and we plan to be aggressive about maximizing our points in the last two races of the season."

"It's great to be racing at Montreal, the site of our first win." said AIM Autosport principal, Ian Willis. "The fans in Montreal are knowledgeable and passionate, and we have the added excitement of having sponsors, family and friends with us. It's hectic, but we always love racing in Montreal."

-source: aim

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Burt Frisselle , Mark Wilkins