Sebring: AIM Autosport preview

AIM Autosport will field two cars in the 2007 Star Mazda Championship season-opener this week at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway, with plans to add a third car for the rest of the season. The program is part of AIM's three-series effort this...

AIM Autosport will field two cars in the 2007 Star Mazda Championship season-opener this week at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway, with plans to add a third car for the rest of the season. The program is part of AIM's three-series effort this year, which also includes a Daytona Prototype in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and two cars in the Formula BMW USA Championship.s

Devin Cunningham of St-Bruno, Que., will drive the No. 33 Discovery Channel Canada Pro Formula Mazda. He won the network's Star Racer reality television competition last year, earning a full-season ride with AIM. Cunningham started racing karts in Asia, where he won four championships. He was a member of Canadian road-racer Ron Fellows' Sunoco Team Ultra 94 in the 2006 Bridgestone F2000 Racing Series.

Michael Duncalfe of Saskatoon, Sask., will drive the No. 30 AIM Mazda. He tested for AIM's Formula Ford program in 1997 after winning the Bridgestone Racing School championship, but did not have the budget to continue. He returns this year with backing from Exclusive Motorsport Diecast Gallery and Auto Art, a Canadian manufacturer of diecast models.

Mike Goodyear of Mississauga, Ont., will manage AIM's Star Mazda program. With a new season and unknown competition, he has advised his drivers to race smart.

"Although we have two outstanding young Canadian drivers who are both capable of winning, we have been stressing to them to leave Sebring with good points in the bank. The series is full of young hard-charging drivers, many still prone to making mistakes," he noted.

"We will be reiterating what we have been preaching to our drivers since the first test session. Make sure the other driver knows you are there or back out of it. Better to be still racing behind them than to be crashed out with them. This race is about getting the best finish we can and learning who we can race with and whom we can't. It is hard to build a

The 3.7-mile Sebring road course is always a tough start to the season, but the AIM crew is ready for the March 16 race.

"Sebring itself is a fast track that is challenging to both man and machine. The track is very bumpy which makes setting up the car difficult. Making the car absorb the bumps so that you can get the power down has always been an engineering headache. The mechanics will go over every nut and bolt after each session as Sebring has been known to shake loose the toughest of cars," Goodyear said.

"I am excited at our prospects for a great season of Pro Formula Mazda racing. Chemistry is a key component to success in any sporting venue, and we have assembled a great group of people who have gelled into a cohesive unit as quick as any group I have been involved with."

-credit: aa

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Ron Fellows , Devin Cunningham , Michael Duncalfe