SCC: Mid-Ohio: AIM Autosport preview

Mid point at Mid-Ohio AIM Autosport has time and energy on its side Woodbridge, Ontario (June 18, 2008): This weekend's race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course marks the end of the first half of the season in the Rolex Sports Car Series...

Mid point at Mid-Ohio
AIM Autosport has time and energy on its side

Woodbridge, Ontario (June 18, 2008): This weekend's race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course marks the end of the first half of the season in the Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 and with successive top-ten results, AIM Autosport is feeling like it is time to break through to the podium. Also sitting in the top ten in points, it would be a big boost for the drivers and the crew to enter the second half of the fourteen race season on a high note.

Following a promising start in the Six Hours of The Glen two weeks ago, the Exchange Traded Gold No. 61 Ford Riley would cross the line in seventh place and elevate the team to eighth overall in the series championship.

"We didn't quite get the result we hoped for" commented Aim Autosport's Ian Willis, "but it was a very close race after six hours and we were in the thick of it at the end. For us it's a matter of turning that energy into having the pack chase us at the checkers."

The MId-Ohio Sports Car Course is fast, has great vantage points and it can be pretty exciting for the fans with plenty of action on the track as the Daytona Prototype cars carve their way through the slower GT traffic. This is a track where Mark and Brian can take full advantage of the pace shown this year by the No. 61 Ford Riley. An evening race, cooler temperatures will be good for the car as well as the drivers. A welcome change from the triple-digit heat experienced at the last two events.

The drivers are particularly anxious to get things going and for the first time since Mexico, Mark Wilkins will qualify and start the race with Brian Frisselle set to bring the car to the checker. They had this to say about the upcoming race.

Brian Frisselle: "Both Mark and I are very excited for the race at Mid-Ohio. The track is a lot of fun to drive and always has a good amount of fans on race day. The entire Exchange Traded Gold team is confident that we will be competitive and looking forward to the opportunity of getting a good result. Mark and I switch the driver rotation every 3 races, so I am really looking forward to be the one to bring the No. 61 Ford Riley to the finish."

Mark Wilkins: " Sounding a bit like a broken record, our focus for this weekend is undoubtedly to get on the podium. The AIM Autosport Ford Riley has rolled off the trailer fast all season and we look to continue that this weekend. My personal goal for the weekend is to qualify the car on the pole. Mid Ohio is a fun but challenging course. I find it quite easy to get in a good rhythm but it is imperative that you not over drive some of the corners. I'm looking forward to an exciting race weekend."

Racing action for the Emco Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, starts on Friday (June 20) with practice and qualifying. The 250 mile race starts at 5:00 p.m. (ET) on Saturday (21st). It is schedule to run 111 laps with a 2 hr. 45 min. time limit.

The race will be broadcast live on SPEED TV starting at 5:00 p.m. (ET)

-credit: aim

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mark Wilkins , Brian Frisselle