Police make partial recovery of race team's equipment. Car driven by Louis-Philippe Dumoulin found, pink Barbie car still missing. Montreal (August 6, 2002) - SÃ»retÃ© du QuÃ©bec (SQ) police officers informed AIM Autosport today that they have...
Police make partial recovery of race team's equipment.
Car driven by Louis-Philippe Dumoulin found, pink Barbie car still missing.
Montreal (August 6, 2002) - Sûreté du Québec (SQ) police officers informed AIM Autosport today that they have located the team's trailer and one of two Formula Ford race cars stolen from the parking lot of Motel 55 in Bécancour - St. Grégoire between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. Sunday, August 4 through Monday August 5. AIM Autosport of Woodbridge, Ontario, had been competing at the Grand Prix de Trois Rivières over the weekend and the trailer bearing its cars was parked at Motel 55 overnight when the theft occurred.
The Sûreté du Québec confirmed that the AIM Autosport trailer, along with the custom designed Aero 2 race car driven by Trois Rivières racer Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, had been discovered in the garage of a private residence in St. Aimé, Québec, near Sorel. The owner of the residence is not a suspect in the theft. Police discovered the equipment after responding to a tip from a passerby who had seen the trailer in the area. The SQ also stated that they do have a suspect in the case.
Police are still trying to locate the white Ford 350 truck used to haul the AIM Autosport trailer and the pink Barbie-sponsored Aero 2 Formula Ford race car driven by Newmarket, Ontario resident Ashley Taws.
"We are extremely pleased to hear about this first recovery and thank the SQ, the residents of the Trois Rivières area and our good friends in the media in Québec and across Canada for their exceptionally quick response to the theft," said AIM Autosport principal Keith Willis, who designed and built the Aero 2 race cars with his brother Ian in 1990 and 1991. "While we are very happy to recover Louis-Philippe's car and our trailer, we are still hoping that Ashley Taws's pink Barbie race car and all of the spare parts stolen will be located and returned to us soon.
"There are only two of these cars in existence in the world," continued Willis. "The second car is of absolutely no value to whoever stole it, but to our race car team and to our business it is priceless. We ask that it be abandoned where it can be found so that Ashley may finish the race season."
Louis-Philippe Dumoulin currently leads the Canadian Formula Ford Championship and can clinch the championship at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario the weekend of August 16 - 18. Taws, who is now the most successful female Formula Ford racer in the series history, is contending for rookie-of-the-year honours and is currently fourth in the overall points standings.
Established in 1995, AIM Autosport is a division of Bordin Racing Limited led by CART/Toyota Atlantic Championship driver Andrew Bordin. AIM operates multi-car teams competing in both the Canadian Formula Ford Championship and US F2000 National Championship series. The company has a mandate to identify, train and manage emerging motorsport talent. Among those drivers who have graduated from the AIM program are former Canadian Formula Ford champions Andrew Bordin, Jean-Francois Veilleux, and Jonathan Macri. AIM Autosport has also developed such notable Canadian racing talent as Billy Asaro, Rob McDonald, Aaron Povoledo, Francis Macri, Anthony Simone, Sean Tenpow and Frederic Martel.