17 year-old Canadian set to contend for Formula BMW USA Championship" TORONTO, ON. -- (April 4, 2004) After entertaining several different offers in the past month Oakville, Ontario resident James Hinchcliffe has announced that he has signed...
17 year-old Canadian set to contend for Formula BMW USA Championship"
TORONTO, ON. -- (April 4, 2004) After entertaining several different offers in the past month Oakville, Ontario resident James Hinchcliffe has announced that he has signed with AIM Autosports to compete in the Formula BMW USA (FBMW USA) championship. The 17-year-old Oakville Trafalgar High School student will now begin preparing for the Mohegen Sun Grand Prix that takes place over the May 29-31 weekend at Lime Rock Park.
Hinchcliffe will compete with the AIM Autosport squad which was the team that powered Andrew Ranger to the Fran-Am North America Championship in 2003. After garnering one of six FBMW scholarships, the tough task was set on the Hinchcliffe family to find funding to compete in the entire 14 race (7 weekend) schedule. After doing so Hinchcliffe has confirmed AIM Autosports as his team of choice, as they will field a single entry in the run for the championship.
Hinchcliffe, who is a multi-time national karting champion, competed in some SCCA Formula Ford 1600 races throughout March with the AIM Team and performed very well scoring a victory at VIR. His variety of experience gained in the Bridgestone/FormulaCar Magazine F2000 series, 125cc shifter kart racing, Formula Ford and Legend car events will make him an outright contender for the premiere Formula BMW USA Championship.
"I raced with the team a few weeks ago," explained Hinchcliffe. "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 along 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."
The young Canadian is looking forward to the upcoming season and the chance to work with a new team, new engineers, new cars and the chance to show North America motorsports the name that will be in the 2004 spotlight.