2000: Aim Autosport US Winter Series driver lineup

Wilkins, McMullen take AIM Aim Autosport today announced its driver lineup for the Race Team Promotions 2004 FR2000 Winter Invitational. Canadians Mark Wilkins and Dan McMullen will pilot their AIM Autosport entries in the five race winter...

Wilkins, McMullen take AIM

Aim Autosport today announced its driver lineup for the Race Team Promotions 2004 FR2000 Winter Invitational. Canadians Mark Wilkins and Dan McMullen will pilot their AIM Autosport entries in the five race winter series beginning January 23rd at Sebring International Raceway and concluding February 17th at Homestead Miami Speedway.

The Race Team Promotions Winter Invitational is for Formula Renault 2000 cars and features teams from North and South America as well as England and Europe. AIM Autosport is the defending Fran-Am North American Pro Series Champion utilizing the worldwide specification Formula Renault 2000 car.

Team manager Ian Willis is confident that these two young drivers will be extremely competitive in what is expected to be a hard fought series.

"Mark and Dan have both proven that they are capable of winning at this level and I expect they will challenge for race wins and the series title" said Willis. "Mark will be starting his fourth season with our team and we have followed Dan's progress ever since we tested him back in 2001, they are both focused and fast."

Driving for AIM is not the only thing Wilkins and McMullen have in common. They will both celebrate their 21st birthday this year, are Ontario natives and raced Karts against each other in the Toronto Kart club.

McMullen will pilot the No.1 AIM Autosport prepared FR2000 with support from ATI Technologies Inc., Discount Car and Truck Rentals and MYE Consulting. The Gormley Ontario native is no stranger to AIM Autosport; he actually got his first race car experience in a prize winning test with AIM in the fall of 1999.

"I am very happy to finally get a chance to race with AIM Autosport" said Dan. "It is nice to run with an all Canadian team and I look forward to winning the winter series with them".

Wilkins will pilot the familiar No. 34 AIM Autosport prepared FR2000 with continued support from Trizec Canada. The Automotive Management student at Georgian College in Barrie Ontario is looking to turn last years consistent end of season podiums into race wins.

"Last year was a really positive year for both the AIM Autosport team and myself" said Wilkins. "AIM Autosport is committed to winning races and I intend to provide these wins. I look forward to a successful 2004 Winter Invitational Championship".

Race Team Promotions FR2000 is an entry-level open-wheel series sanctioned by Grand American Road Racing Association for aspiring young drivers and teams who aim to find success in the category and launch themselves towards the highest levels of the sport including IndyCar racing and Formula One. The developmental series utilizes the high technology all carbon fiber Formula Renault cars which feature a sealed 2.0-liter, 186-horsepower four-cylinder engine, front and rear wings, a six-speed sequential gearbox and spec-Michelin Sport slick racing tires.

Established in 1995 with a mandate to identify, train and manage emerging motorsport talent AIM operates multi-car teams competing in both the Canadian Formula Ford Championship and the Race Team Promotions 2004 FR2000 series. Among those drivers who have graduated from AIM are former Canadian Formula Ford champions Andrew Bordin, Jean-Francois Veilleux, Jonathan Macri and, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, along with Ashley taws and current rookie of the year Dan Burchill. Fran-am graduates include 2003 champion Andrew Ranger Mark Wilkins.

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Jonathan Macri , Andrew Bordin , Louis-Philippe Dumoulin , Dan McMullen , Andrew Ranger , Mark Wilkins , Dan Burchill