(Woodbridge, Ontario - May 5th, 2002) AIM Autosport, long recognized for its success in developing young open wheel drivers, announced today that veteran Canadian racecar driver David Empringham will be acting as driver development ...
(Woodbridge, Ontario - May 5th, 2002) AIM Autosport, long recognized for its success in developing young open wheel drivers, announced today that veteran Canadian racecar driver David Empringham will be acting as driver development consultant.
Empringham's talent is well known for his multiple Championship titles as a driver, and more recently he has been focusing that talent and experience to help other drivers aspiring to climb the motorsports ladder. Last season he helped guide Hylton Motorsports young Brazilian driver Hoover Orsi to the title in the CART Toyota Atlantic Series championship, a feat he himself accomplished back to back in 1993 and 1994.
For Andrew Bordin, the driving force behind the creation of AIM Autosport, the arrival of Empringham reunites the two drivers who raced together in the 1997 Dayton Indy Lights Championship as members of the Player's Driver Development Program.
"Dave and I have been friends for a long time and we share a lot of common views about the sport and how we would like to make a meaningful contribution to it" said Bordin. "Dave will be a tremendous asset for our driver development programs and we are very pleased that he has agreed to help us achieve AIM's goals."
Following the neck injuries sustained in an accident at the California Speedway in the fall of 2000 Bordin has focused his energy on spearheading AIM's continued growth. Empringham however, has not given up his need for speed and in addition to his coaching duties he is co-driving a Porsche GT3 in the 2002 Grand-Am Cup series. Empringham has obviously not lost any of his championship winning skills by getting 2002 off to a strong start at the Daytona season opener where he and co-driver Scott Maxwell qualified on pole and went on to take the win.
Empringham has already put his driver development talents to work for AIM at the recent Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship test held at the demanding Mid Ohio Sports Car Course on April 24,25. AIM drivers Andy Brumbaugh and Mark Wilkins were able to accelerate their learning curve of this highly technical racetrack with Empringham's guidance.
For David it was an enjoyable experience; " I'm excited to play a role in AIM's driver development program. From a driving prospective, it is a crucial time to develop the various driving techniques required by the different tracks." Empringham also added "My main focus is to teach drivers how to use their track time efficiently and through good feedback, work with their engineer to make their car better. As these talented young drivers move up the ladder they find out there are many other gifted drivers and if they make their car better than the other talented drivers, they will become more consistent winners."
AIM Autosport not only fields multi-car teams in the Canadian Formula Ford Championship and the U.S. based Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship it has also been actively involved over the last two years in both the CART Toyota Atlantic and Dayton Indy Lights Championships with Ian Willis providing race engineering services. For 2002 AIM's Ian Willis will again be teamed up with David Empringham as chief engineer and driver coach respectively in a newly formed Atlantic team fielded by Sierra Sierra Enterprises for young Canadian driver Marc Devellis. The Sierra Sierra team will enter selected races later in the season preparing for a full out assault on the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship.
AIM principal and Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Team Manager Ian Willis is more than pleased that Empringham has agreed to help out. "Mid Ohio is a very technical circuit and both our young drivers, Andy Brumbaugh and Mark Wilkins, had never been there.", said Willis. "By having Dave there to help Mark and Andy we got the most out of the test days and will be in a very competitive position for the three races that are on the series schedule later in the year".
The next race for the AIM Formula Ford 2000 Zetec team will be a double header at their "home" track of Mosport International Raceway for the Victoria Day Trans-Am Weekend on May 18-19.
Established in 1995 with a mandate to identify, train and manage emerging motorsports talent, AIM Autosport's driver development programs are recognized and supported by NTN Bearings, NOCO Racing Inc., Thyssen Canada, Mechanix Wear, and Performance Racing News. For more information about this company, the drivers, the series and AIM Autosport's product and services please visit: www.aimautosport.com