Woodbridge, Ontario, May 11, 2004 - AIM Autosport, long recognized for its success in developing young open-wheel drivers, announced today that it will be entering a single car team in the newly formed Formula BMWUSA Championship for...
Woodbridge, Ontario, May 11, 2004 - AIM Autosport, long recognized for its success in developing young open-wheel drivers, announced today that it will be entering a single car team in the newly formed Formula BMWUSA Championship for 2004.
Joining AIM Autosport as the only all Canadian team in the series is Oakville Ontario's James Hinchcliffe who under the AIM Autosport banner has competed earlier this season in select SCCA Formula Ford races with first place and third place finishes in two starts.
"There are several race series at this level for drivers to choose from, and we feel that Formula BMWUSA offers a competitive package with many excellent incentives," said AIM Autosport Team Manager Keith Willis. "The series offers a great deal of exposure and has several very high profile events on its schedule. Combining 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 2004 season."
In 2004, all Formula BMW championships around the world will compete as support races at a Formula-1 race in their region with young drivers eager to impress the watchful eyes of Frank Williams (Director of BMW.Williams F1), Dr. Mario Theissen (Director of BMW Motorsport) and many others in the Formula-1 paddock. Formula BMW will compete at a total of five F-1 World Championship races this year. These include: * Bahrain * Canada * USA * Germany * England
The twelfth grade Oakville Trafalgar Secondary School student is enthusiastic about Formula BMWUSA and the new challenge ahead. "I raced with the team a few weeks ago," explained James. "We had a blast. The team is so professional and the guys really put their heart and soul into the operation. I have known the guys on the team for a long time and I get along great with the engineers. I am sure that we have put together the package to compete for victories every time we hit the track."
Earlier this year James was awarded one of 6 scholarships to run the Formula BMWUSA series. The scholarship not only includes financial support but will also include courses in sports management, sporting law, public relations, sponsorship, diet and fitness, vehicle technology as well as data analysis. They run under the BMW Motorsport livery on their cars and their complete racing attire. The investment into these drivers will help to develop the skills to help make the next Formula 1 star. And the possibility remains, just like former champions, that perhaps BMW.Williams F1 will extend an invitation to the Formula BMWUSA champion to test one of their cars.
"BMW North America is very excited to have AIM Autosport as part of the Formula BMWUSA Championship series. We feel that James Hinchcliffe has great potential as a young driver and Aim Autosport's winning record speaks for itself. This team and driver combination exemplifies the calibre of competitor the series is striving for and we wish them great success." said Alex Schmuck, National Events & Promotions Manager- BMW North America.
The Aim Autosport Formula BMWUSA team is on track this Wednesday May 11 and Thursday May 12 at the Mid-Ohio Sports car Course for the final official test before the upcoming season. The first race is May 27-31 at Lime Rock Park, CT.