Lime Rock: AIM Autosport preview

AIM Autosport is ready for Lime Rock Team looks to continue the streak started at VIR Woodbridge, Ontario (2010.05.27) AIM Autosport is heading to Lime Rock Park in Connecticut this weekend with a lot on its mind and something to prove. There is...

AIM Autosport is ready for Lime Rock
Team looks to continue the streak started at VIR

Woodbridge, Ontario (2010.05.27) AIM Autosport is heading to Lime Rock Park in Connecticut this weekend with a lot on its mind and something to prove. There is a new technical partner on board and the team is also coming off it's best result, a second place at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), the team's first podium in almost two years, so the pressure is on. But they have also had a month off to think about that and what it will take to stay at the front and make a move up the points standings.

It has been just over a months since the race at VIR and other than the test days at Limes Rock Park that followed, everyone at AIM has been working diligently to get the Pacific Mobile No. 61 Ford Riley prepared for this weekend's race.

"We were quick at the series half day test at Lime Rock right after the VIR race", commented Ian Willis. "The weather will be quite different at the race however, as the test day was in the 40's and we certainly expect much warmer weather on Memorial Day. Add in the fact it is a one day event, we will have to make some quick decisions on changes to adjust for the weather."

Willis continued, "Fortunately, this is all new to the other teams as well so we get here on a fairly even basis. We just need to be smart, and on this tight, short circuit, do our best to stay out of trouble."

While the crew has been busy with the car, Mark Wilkins and Burt Frisselle did the usual training - which included some golf in Hawaii for Burt and a few days at The Nordschleife for Mark, plus the chance for both at a class win in the six hour event at Laguna Seca.

"Spending time at the driving school at the Nurburgring Grand Prix circuit and doing laps on the full Nordschleife circuit was amazing", Wilkins said. "It is always great to be in a fast car on a fast circuit, but sometimes it is good to step away from the competition and relax, even if it is at speed. The race at Laguna just got me back into the rhythm and on the podium, now I am ready for Lime Rock."

"I was glad to get back to Hawaii, my second home", Frisselle commented. "This was an opportunity to refresh and get in some serious training, and yes, some golf between races. From here we have a lot of races in a short period of time so we had to take advantage of this break. I am looking forward to getting back into the Pacific Mobile No 61 Ford Riley and picking up where we left off at VIR."

AIM's business development team was also busy this past month and with driver training and conditioning in mind, welcomed Biosign Technologies Inc., as a new technical partner. The company provides biomedical systems designed to measure, analyze and help fine tune a driver's response to stress brought on by exposure to significant g-forces and high temperatures.

The series then travels to Watkins Glen, New York for the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen on Saturday, June 5th. Details on that event to follow.

-source: aim

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mark Wilkins