AIM Autosport looking to Biosign to make faster drivers
Maximizing human performance with UFIT® health monitor and analytic tools
Woodbridge, Ont. (August 5, 2010) -- AIM Autosport believes its recently-sealed partnership with Biosign (CNSX: BIO) will help improve performance, by maximizing the performance of its Pacific Mobile/Biosign Ford Riley #61 Daytona Prototype drivers, Mark Wilkins and Burt Frisselle. A developer of biomedical systems, including the UFIT® which facilitates data collection and analytics, Biosign will teach Mark and Burt how and when to hydrate, eat and workout in a way that maximizes performance and yields peak potential at race time.
Given the level of competition in terms of drivers, crew and equipment in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, teams are constantly looking for new ways to better their performance. Even a minor performance deficit may result in the loss of several positions. Two-tenths of a second over a 75-second lap, for example, is only a small percentage (0.27%) but, two tenths can result in the loss of positions in qualifying and would add up to 14 seconds over a 70-lap race. In a series that once saw AIM win a race by a slender 0.064s-margin (Montreal, 2008), it's clear that maximum performance is essential.
In Daytona Prototype cars, the irrepressible enemy is heat. With enclosed cockpits that are great aerodynamically, but limit air and heat exchange, the driver's compartment can become a horrendous place to spend an afternoon.
Chief Engineer, Ian Willis, provided cockpit temperature readings showing the peak reached 110º F (43º C) during 50% of this year's races. And, keep in mind that the driver is wearing a race suit, helmet and gloves while exerting physical effort and enduring vibration, noise and g-forces. Not easy to remain fresh under those conditions.
"On a comfortable day," explained AIM Autosport principal, Andrew Bordin, "All drivers can deliver near-maximum performance. But, on a hot day, less fit drivers will fatigue faster and suffer lapses in concentration."
Fatigued drivers become erratic, losing time or even losing control. They also provide poor feedback to the crew as they are, to a degree, impaired. Most race engineers have encountered a wilting driver providing confusing or erroneous feedback.
A driver who remains fresh and alert in taxing conditions will excel--particularly toward the end of a race.
Mark and Burt have started their work with Biosign by taking readings with their easy-to-use, fully-automated UFIT® units to create individual profiles. Once that is complete, Biosign can begin working toward the payoff: precise, individually tailored hydrating, eating and training regimens for the drivers.
"We do everything within the rules to get the most out of the car," said Andrew, "And all the other teams are doing that too, so there's not much more to be done with the car. Biosign offers us another avenue: a way to get more out of our drivers."
"We have a team of mechanics working to get the most out of the car, but there's no crew working on getting the most out of the drivers," Ian added. "Biosign is our crew for the drivers.
"This may be something we could extend to crew as they work long hours and also have to endure heat."
Together, AIM Autosport and Biosign are working to make a better, faster racing team. The lessons learned by both of them will be added to their knowledge bases and provide important data for their respective businesses. AIM believes that Biosign's influence on its drivers will yield wins, while Biosign gathers information to make even better products for athletes and health conscious individuals.
Mark and Burt will be collecting more data for Biosign when they race in the Crown Royal 200 this weekend at Watkins Glen International. The event gets underway with practice on Friday, followed by a 15-minute, late-afternoon qualifying session at 5:40pm. The 2-hour race begins on Saturday at 6pm. Live coverage will be presented by Speed TV and MRN Radio.