Ashley Taws announces 2002 plans

Race driver Ashley Taws announced her 2002 racing plans yesterday evening. Speaking on the Raceline Radio Network, the eighteen-year-old resident of Newmarket, Ontario, revealed she will compete in the Canadian Formula Ford Championship, driving...

Race driver Ashley Taws announced her 2002 racing plans yesterday evening. Speaking on the Raceline Radio Network, the eighteen-year-old resident of Newmarket, Ontario, revealed she will compete in the Canadian Formula Ford Championship, driving the "Be Anything With Barbiem at Wal-Mart" car. Her race car will be fielded by AIM Autosport of Woodbridge, Ontario.

On the air with hosts Erik Tomas and John Massingberd, Taws announced her plans to a national audience. A former karting champion, she drove the "Be Anything With Barbie" car in the Isseco-Kumho Formula 1200 Championship last year, finishing second, and is elated that Barbie will continue to support her.

"I'm really happy to have Barbie back again as my title sponsor and I'm very excited to be moving up to the Canadian Formula Ford Championship, especially when I'm doing it with AIM Autosport," Ashley said of the deal.

Ashley received excellent sponsor support last year and this year the response has been stunning. Several new sponsors have lined up beside Barbie to back the disarmingly soft-spoken and personable young lady who is a talented and feisty competitor at the wheel of a race car. In addition to the world's most successful line of dolls, Ashley's sponsors include: Ray-O-Vac, batteries; NeoCorr, pipeline maintenance; Pure Solutions, water purification; Castrol, lubricants; and Norbram Group, insurance brokers.

Between race schedules, test dates and appearances for sponsors, the high school student values the limited time available to spend with her friends, yet she diligently responds to a continual flow of autograph requests received through her website (www.ashleytaws.com) and helps bring attention to the efforts of the Big Sisters of York.

Ashley's pink and purple race car will be officially unveiled in three weeks at the headquarters of AIM Autosport. The Canadian Formula Ford Championship begins May 17-19 at Mosport International Raceway. The nine-round series includes races at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, the Molson Indy Toronto and the Trois Riviers Grand Prix.

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