When last we heard of the No. 61 AIM Autosport Daytona Prototype Ford-Riley, it was October ’09 and the team of Mark Wilkins and Burt Frisselle had driven the car to an eighth place finish in the season-ending Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.
That finishing position gave the Woodbridge-based racing team a sixth-place finish in the championship. Although the team didn’t reach the podium (as compared to two victories in the ’08 season), a season of consistent finishes with just one DNF was a major improvement on the four DNFs the year before.
Okay, so that was then and this is now. This
weekend at - again - Homestead-Miami Speedway, AIM will launch its assault on
the 2010 Rolex championship at the Grand Prix of Miami.
Drivers Wilkins and Frisselle are back and the Miami race will also be the first of a two race primary sponsorship by Pacific Mobile, a Canadian company that specializes in Bluetooth accessories for mobile devices.
AIM took the car to Carolina Motorsport Park last week for some shakedown testing and everybody on the team, but particularly the drivers, are itching to get to Miami.
The Grand Prix goes on Saturday at 5 p.m. It can be seen live on Speed TV and will also be aired live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN).
Meantime, back on the Indy car front, Milka Duno announced Friday that she will run a full season with Dale Coyne Racing (no, she is not going to drive the Boy Scouts of America-sponsored car), bringing to three the number of full-time women drivers in the championship (Danica Patrick and Simona De Silvestro being the others).
When the IZOD IndyCar season starts in Brazil a week from Sunday, there should be four females in the race - the three full-timers plus Indy Lights standout Ana Beatriz, who has a one-off for her home race. She’s being managed by ex-Penske driver Andre Ribeiro, who's beating the bushes for additional sponsorship so Beatriz can run the full season.