AIM Autosport Qualifies Fifth for Bosch Engineering 250

AIM Autosport Qualifies Fifth for Bosch Engineering 250
Drivers Thrilled with Car’s Excellent Balance

Alton, Va. (May 13, 2011) — AIM Autosport’s BMW-Riley sponsored by GAMMA88 has qualified fifth for tomorrow’s Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va. Mark Wilkins drove the car during this afternoon’s 15-minute qualifying session and had posted just four laps when the session was ended early after a car stopped on the track. Mark’s lap of 1m 45.761s translates to 111.307 mph (179.131 km/h) around the 3.27 mile (5.26 km) road course.

The fifth-place start is AIM’s best of the season so far and the team is optimistic of a strong result tomorrow. However, fifth was slightly disappointing after the team’s GAMMA88 car ranked third in opening practice and then topped the charts in the second session.

“Fifth is a good qualifying result for the team,” Mark said after his qualifying run. “The track temperature changed a lot from practice and we knew we had to make changes to keep the car planted, but we went a little bit too far.

“We’re going to have a great car for the race,” he continued. “Excellent balance.”

“I’m very happy with everybody’s effort today,” said Mark’s co-driver, Burt Frisselle. “We worked really hard to make the car better and that’s paid off with great balance. I think we can make our tires last longer than the competition and that could help us achieve a great result tomorrow.”

“Although it’s our best qualifying position of the season, I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t roll off the trailer a little quicker, considering our pace here last year,” said Chief Engineer and Team Principal, Ian Willis. “I’m quite confident that we have a good car for the race if it’s dry. If it’s wet, we will have to learn all about the Continental rain tire.”

Round four of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, the Bosch Engineering 250, is a 2h 45m race that is scheduled to begin tomorrow at 3pm (ET). Coverage will be broadcast live on MRN radio with delayed television coverage on SPEED starting at 5pm (ET).

Photo: Drivers, Burt Frisselle and Mark Wilkins, discuss how they can help unlock the car’s speed. (© Mark Jackson/AIM Autosport)
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GAMMA88
GAMMA88 is much more than an engine cleaner and lubricant. GAMMA88 performs four functions: 1) reduces fuel use, 2) reduces carbon emissions, 3) cleans engine parts, and 4) extends engine life. Intended for use in combustion engines which use diesel and gasoline, GAMMA88 is registered with the US EPA, has been ASTM lab and dynamometer tested and is customer proven. Currently being used by commercial and independent consumers in the United States, France and China, GAMMA88 is becoming the fastest-growing fuel and oil supplement on the market today. For more information, visit www.gamma88.com or call 888-642-6628.

AIM Autosport
AIM Autosport is a professional motorsports team active in highly-competitive sports car and open-wheel racing series in North America. AIM has achieved success at every level through its operating efficiency, engineering skill, experience, dedication and stability of workforce. AIM’s top-tier program is a Daytona Prototype entry in the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series.

Since its launch in 1995, AIM has built a winning heritage by fielding competitive cars for talented young drivers in junior development categories. That continues with multi-car teams in the Road to Indy® professional driver development ladder where AIM is a perennial pacesetter in the Star Mazda series. For more information, visit aimautosport.com or facebook.com/AIMautosport.

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Matt Cleary
Sunday Group Management
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Based in Indianapolis, Sunday Group Management is a leading motorsports management and communications consulting firm.

Sunday Group Management works with clients in a variety of motorsports categories, including NASCAR Sprint Cup driver AJ Allmendinger, Riley Technologies, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series organization Michael Shank Racing, Continental Tire, and several teams and drivers in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition.

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