INDIANAPOLIS, IND. JAN. 9, 2001: Driver Paul Dana is set to contest the 2001 U.S. F2000 National Championship. Dana will drive a 2001 Van Diemen/Quicksilver campaigned by AIM Autosport out of Toronto. Sponsorship for the program comes from Forsythe Racing, CAPCO Abrasives and Klein Tools. Additional sponsorship will be announced in the near future. "I can't even begin to describe how excited I am about this opportunity," Dana said. "This program has been in the making for over two years, and it's been hard to be patient during that time. But I think the patience has paid off. I couldn't be happier with the sponsors, the team - everything. I'm psyched!"
"Jerry Forsythe really got this whole thing rolling by believing in me. I can't thank him enough. His help is what convinced Klein Tools and CAPCO to step up. I'm also really excited to work with Ian Willis and AIM Autosport. I've known Ian since I started racing in Canada in 1995 and I've tested in F2000 with him. He's a total pro and he knows how to win."
"We are extremely pleased to have signed Paul to our F2000 program," said AIM Autosport team principal Ian Willis. "We tested Paul a few seasons ago and we were quite pleased with the results. We've been following his progress in Skip Barber ever since and have been trying to put together a program for him. I think we'll have a good shot at Rookie of the Year."
"We are also proud to represent Forsythe Racing in F2000," Willis said. "Jerry Forsythe has a long tradition of success and a history of supporting young drivers, and we look forward to partnering with him to develop Dana's career."
Paul Dana, a native of St. Louis, got his start in racing by working as a mechanic at the Bridgestone Racing School in Canada. He earned three wins and set a track record that still stands before moving to Indianapolis to facilitate the process of looking for sponsorship. Dana recently contested the Skip Barber Formula Dodge series, where he earned six wins, five seconds, five thirds, seven poles and seven fastest race laps. He was one of the top 24 drivers in the country to earn an invitation to the inaugural Formula Dodge National Championship shoot-out. Dana spent the 2000 season doing a limited schedule of SCCA National events and testing while looking for sponsorship in preparation for F2000. Recent tests have included outings in Indy Lights with Conquest Racing and in Formula 3 with the Euro International team.
AIM Autosport is best known for its dominance in the Canadian Formula Ford Championship. The team, a partnership between brothers Ian and Keith Willis and Toyota Atlantic standout Andrew Bordin, is a perennial front-runner in that series campaigning the Aero II, an innovative car of their own design. The team won the 2000 Formula Ford title and has two other championships and two runner-up finishes since 1995. In the U.S., the team finished third in F2000 in 1996 with Bordin before graduating with Bordin to the Dayton Indy Lights Series. Ian Willis, a successful driver in his own right, has an extensive background in racecar design and engineering. Most recently he served as chief engineer at Brain Stewart Racing in Indy Lights, in addition to being a regular on the F2000 circuit. Cars with his setups have won one pole, one silver medal and one national championship at the SCCA Runoffs in the past two years.
Engineer John Walko of Pittsburgh has worked closely with Willis over the last two seasons and will serve as Dana's race engineer. Walko's accomplishments include preparing and engineering the F2000 cars that finished second in the 1999 and 2000 SCCA Runoffs, and engineering the 2000 National Championship winner in Formula Ford. Additionally, he has campaigned the factory Carbir team in the pro F2000 series, and he won the pro F2000 American Continental championship for year-old cars in 1999 and 2000.
Forsythe Racing: One of the most aggressive motorsports organizations in the world, Forsythe Racing operates a host of high-profile projects, including two teams in the CART FedEx Championship Series, a part ownership in the Honda-backed British American Racing Formula One team with driver Jacques Villeneuve, and a new motorsports facility in Rockingham, England. In partnership with Player's, Forsythe's driver development program has helped a host of past and current Champ Car stars, such as Jacques Villenueve, Greg Moore, Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani.
CAPCO Abrasives: Since 1984, CAPCO Abrasives has been providing industrial distributors with cost-effective, high-quality converted abrasive products. CAPCO produces a complete line of cloth belts, locking discs, conditioning and sanding discs, flap wheels, cartridge rolls, etc., and guarantees 24-hour turnaround. Additionally, CAPCO manufactures the Airblast line of abrasive cleaning cabinets. The company operates four manufacturing facilities in Minnesota, Georgia, Texas and Arizona. (www.capco-abr.com)
Klein Tools: Founded in Chicago in 1857, Klein Tools is one of the oldest and most respected names in hand tools worldwide. The company manufacturers a complete line of high-quality professional hand tools, and enjoys dominant brand awareness and brand loyalty throughout the construction, electronics, mining, electrical and telecommunications fields. Klein Tools also supplies a line of occupational protective equipment. In addition to supporting Dana, the company is a proud sponsor of the Team KOOL Green cars in the CART FedEx Championship Series. (www.kleintools.com)
Indeck: For over 35 years, Indeck Power Equipment Company has been the most capable integrated steam packaging organization in the world. Equipment is sold, built, packaged, installed and supported through a single source, and is available for any project, large or small, basic or complex. The Indeck Group of Companies also includes Indeck Energy, Inc., an international developer and owner of cogeneration and independent power plants, as well as Indeck Operations, Inc., providing operation, maintenance and consulting services for power and steam production facilities.
The U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision is an intensely competitive professional racing series that showcases the best young driving talent in North America on a mix of ovals, street circuits and traditional road courses on major race weekends as a support event to Grand-Am, CART and Indy Racing Northern Light Series races.
The championship is considered the premier stepping-stone in North America for future motorsports stars, in part because teams select their own chassis and engines, giving drivers a highly technical environment in which to operate. The competitiveness of the series has attracted tremendous international interest, with the participation of top teams and drivers from the U.S., Mexico, Canada and the UK.
Graduates of F2000 include 1995 CART champion Jimmy Vasser, the late Greg Moore, 1999 Indy Racing League Champion Greg Ray, 1999 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Robby McGehee, and the top three finishers in the 2000 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship -- Buddy Rice, Dan Wheldon and Andrew Bordin.
-Paul Dana Racing