Ward Imrie is pleased to announce he will be driving a Formula 1600 car fielded by AIM Autosport this weekend for a race at Mosport International Raceway. The eighteen-year-old karting sensation from Winnipeg, Manitoba, has his mind set on...
Ward Imrie is pleased to announce he will be driving a Formula 1600 car fielded by AIM Autosport this weekend for a race at Mosport International Raceway. The eighteen-year-old karting sensation from Winnipeg, Manitoba, has his mind set on becoming a professional racer and is attempting to establish himself in cars.
This will be Ward's second competitive outing in a racecar, his first coming in July when he claimed victory at the wheel of a Formula 1200 car. The Formula 1600, although appearing somewhat similar, is a different animal; bigger, more powerful and considerably faster.
"I'm really looking forward to the weekend. The Formula 1600s are fast," said Ward, "I'm trying not to get wound up, but the guys at AIM are pretty excited. I've never been to Mosport before and I've heard it's amazing, so it's a bit tough to stay calm. I'll be okay once I've got my helmet on."
With lofty aspirations of racing at the top level, the multi-time Canadian and US karting champion realizes he has a lot to learn in order to achieve his dream. That's a big part of the reason he's racing this weekend and a major factor in the decision to go with AIM.
Based in Woodbridge, Ontario, AIM has an excellent reputation. Not only does the team field cars capable of winning any given race, but the engineers, brothers Ian and Keith Willis, are excellent teachers. Drivers that work with the Willis brothers always attain a greater understanding of how mechanical changes will affect the handing of a car.
"I've heard good things about everyone on the team," Ward said. "I've spent a little bit of time with them and they seem like a great bunch of people. It's going to be fun and I'm sure I'm going to learn a lot."
Learning is all well and good, but any real racer wants to win. Right?
Ward insists his goal is to develop his skills and downplays the importance of a top finish, but finally concedes, "Well, it wouldn't hurt my career, would it."