AIM Autosport signs Gold and Silver Medalists WOODBRIDGE, ONT., CAN. (February 12, 2002) - AIM Autosport today announced its 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship driver line up, featuring the 2001 Canadian Formula Ford Champion, Andy ...
AIM Autosport signs Gold and Silver Medalists
WOODBRIDGE, ONT., CAN. (February 12, 2002) - AIM Autosport today announced its 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship driver line up, featuring the 2001 Canadian Formula Ford Champion, Andy Brumbaugh and runner up, Mark Wilkins.
Brumbaugh and Wilkins will contest the Zetec Championship in AIM Autosport prepared Van Diemen chassis powered by the new Ford Zetec engine. Quicksilver RacEngines, of Frederick, Maryland, will tune the engines.
Team manager Ian Willis is very excited about signing these two young drivers, both of whom are still only in High School. Willis and the entire AIM Autosport team believe the duo will not only challenge for Rookie of the Year honors, but the overall championship.
"Having the top two drivers from the Canadian Formula Ford Series is a dream come true for AIM," said Willis. "We have advanced many drivers from that series up to Formula Ford 2000 and this year we will have the best young lions to come out of Canadian Formula Ford in years."
Brumbaugh, who hails from Blythewood, South Carolina, is the first American and the youngest driver ever to win Canada's premier national open-wheel series. He will pilot the No. 86 Van Diemen Quicksilver Ford with support from Insulectro, EMX, and Van Diemen International. The 17 year-old American is positively bursting with enthusiasm.
"I am confident that we have the package to run up front against anyone," said Brumbaugh. "I am also really looking forward to working with AIM, Mark Wilkins, and Ian Willis, hopefully we will be a tough team to beat this year".
Toronto native Wilkins will be racing for a second year with AIM Autosport, having finished a close runner-up to Brumbaugh last year, in a championship that was not decided until the last race of the season. Wilkins will drive the No. 34 Van Diemen Quicksilver Ford, retaining last year's sponsors TrizecHahn, Doncaster Racing and Multimatic. The 18 year-old Wilkins is also equally upbeat about the upcoming season.
"I'm thrilled to be working with Ian and AIM Autosport again this season," said Wilkins. "I'm excited about driving in the Zetec Championship, and am looking forward to having Andy Brumbaugh as my teammate. We will work well together and push each other to perform at our limits at each race. We should be a strong threat for the Championship!".
The first two rounds of the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship will be held in conjunction with the 50th annual Mobil 1 12 hours of Sebring during the week of March 11th.
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, NOCO Canada, NTN Bearings, Thyssen Canada, Mechanix Wear and Performance Racing News.