AIM Autosport enters Fran-Am 2000.
Woodbridge, Ontario, December 12, 2002 - AIM Autosport, long recognized for its success in developing young open-wheel drivers, announced today that it will be entering a two car team in the Fran-Am North American Pro Championship in 2003.
The Fran-Am North American Pro Championship, a cousin to the various Formula Renault Championships found in Europe, South America and China, is internationally recognized as the premier training ground for the aspiring professional racing stars of tommorrow. Recent graduates include McLaren Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen, as well as Sauber's Felipe Massa. Fran-Am is new to North America and after only one season has made big headlines with prestigious events and attractive prizes including a fully funded season in the European Super Renault Championship for the North American Pro Championship winner.
"There are several race series at this level for drivers to choose from, and we feel that Fran-Am offers the most competitive package with many excellent incentives," said AIM Autosport principle Ian Willis. "The series offers a great deal of exposure and has several very high profile events on its schedule. Combined with its television coverage package and an aggressive marketing campaign, we are convinced that this series offers us the best opportunity to showcase young racing talent and are very pleased to announce our participation for the 2003 season."
Joining AIM Autosport for the inaugural run is Mark Wilkins who has committed to his third season with AIM Autosport. Under the AIM Autosport banner Wilkins has competed in both the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec series and the Canadian Formula Ford Championship. In 2002 he finished in sixth place overall in Formula Ford 2000 Zetec and in 2001 was runner-up in the Canadian Formula Ford Championship. Wilkins is enthusiastic about Fran-Am and the new challenge ahead.
"I am very excited about running the 2003 Fran-Am Championship with AIM autosport and I expect this season will be a very challenging and competitive one", said Wilkins. "I look forward to working with Ian and the entire AIM crew again this season and I believe we will be a threat for the championship."
The AIM team plans a full out assault on the Championship and to that end will complement their already strong engineering capabilities with the addition of a race winning engineer from European Formula Renault. New cars have been ordered from Fran-Am Canada and the AIM crew plan to begin testing early in the New Year. AIM is currently looking for funded drivers who want to be part of a winning team in this exciting new Championship.
Established in 1995 with a mandate to identify, train and manage emerging motorsports talent, AIM Autosport's driver development programs are recognized and supported by, Thyssen Krupp, NTN Bearings, NOCO Canada, Mechanix Wear and Performance Racing News.