Barbie goes racing with Ashley Taws. Woodbridge, Ont. (April 22, 2002): Certain colours are normally associated with racing and, while green, red, yellow, and blue remain the standards, Ashley Taws will bring some new hues to the palette of the...
Barbie goes racing with Ashley Taws.
Woodbridge, Ont. (April 22, 2002): Certain colours are normally associated with racing and, while green, red, yellow, and blue remain the standards, Ashley Taws will bring some new hues to the palette of the Canadian Formula Ford Championship. Today, the eighteen-year-old racer from Newmarket, Ontario, unveiled her hot pink and purple "Be Anything With Barbie at Wal-Mart" Aero II car at AIM Autosport in Woodbridge. Proudly showing off her car and announcing her plans, she has begun her journey up the professional racing ladder.
"I am excited and proud to unveil the 'Be Anything With Barbie at Wal-Mart' racecar," said Taws, who is also supported by Ray-O-Vac, NeoCorr, Pure Solutions, Castrol amd Kwik Kopy. "I'm thrilled to have the support of Barbie and Wal-Mart, and I think their involvement sends an encouraging message to young women who dream of being all they can be. I'm grateful for the opportunity to drive this unique car and compete in such a high-profile series."
Taws, who collected an impressive number of club, regional and national championships when she raced karts from 1994 to 1999, graduated to formula (open wheel) cars when she was just sixteen. Before being licensed to drive on public roads, she made herself known in racing circles by notching two wins and a total of five top-three finishes in her rookie year, finishing third in the Isseco/Kumho Formula 1200 Drivers Championship. Furthermore, Taws was second in the CASC-OR (Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs - Ontario Region) Race Ontario Sprints Championship and second in the BARC (British Automobile Racing Club) Formula 1200 Championship. She also received the Muriel B Knap Trophy for "sportsmanship, ability and sparkle" and the Bob Attrell Award for "best new driver". Last year, her second in the Formula 1200 Championship, she finished second in the standings and took home the Muriel B Knap Trophy for a second time.
Taws will contend the 2002 season with championship-winning AIM Autosport. Having won the most championships in Canadian Formula Ford history, AIM Autosport's alumni include former and current CART Toyota Atlantic drivers Andrew Bordin, Jean-Francois Veilleux and Jonathan Macri, and Formula Three driver, Billy Asaro.
"This is a great opportunity for AIM Autosport," said team manager Keith Willis. "Ashley has proven herself as an award-winning driver in karting and regional formula racing, and she is well prepared to step up to the national championship. We are pleased that she will be joining us for the 2002 season and will do our utmost to provide her with the support she needs to establish a solid foundation on which to build a career in motorsport."
The 2002 Canadian Formula Ford Championship, which includes races at the Canadian Grand Prix, Molson Indy Toronto and Grand Prix Trois Rivieres, gets underway May 17th at Mosport International Raceway.