Sunday
Mar252007

TEAM NEWS: AIM Autosport Earns Double Top Ten Finishes At Homestead

Photo by John Thawley AIM Autosport and Doncaster Racing earned top-10 finishes in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, showing consistent speed in the two-hour 30-minute sprint. AIM finished 10th overall and in the Daytona Prototype class, Doncaster ninth in the GT class.

Mark Wilkins of Toronto started the No. 61 AIM Lexus-powered Riley Mk XI from ninth on the 44-car grid. He raced to second and stayed in the top six during most of his stint, before handing off to Burt Frisselle of Lynchburg, Va., at 1h23 from eighth place. Frisselle returned to the track 15th and moved up to finish 10th in the "gold car", backed by Exchange Traded Gold, Barrick Gold Corporation, RBC Financial Group and Telus' Mike Network.

Greg Wilkins of Toronto drove the first stint in the No. 17 MineStar / Tim Hortons Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car prepared by Doncaster Racing. He started ninth on the GT grid and quickly moved to sixth. Dave Lacey of Toronto took over at 1h5, returned to the track 14th, raced as high as fifth and finished ninth.

Burt Frisselle: "Third race, third top-10, that's really exciting. Our car wasn't ideal, I made a couple of errors and had a little issue with my shifting. But it's always nice to bring the car home in the top 10 and be competitive for a top-five. It was a big battle all day, a lot of good drivers, no cars really went down a lap, so at the end you saw what DP racing is all about."

Mark Wilkins: "These races are a blast! The guys gave me a great car, Lexus gave me a great engine, the Dynamic shocks worked really well here. It was some of the best racing I've done in a while, running with those guys right up at the front. We struggled with power-down a little bit, so I would compensate by driving really hard on the brakes and I flat-spotted the front tires. Overall, it was a great race. Another top-10 is fantastic for us."

Dave Lacey: "It was a tough weekend. We didn't have a great setup all weekend; we were just chasing things around. We finished where we deserved to -- we qualified ninth and we finished ninth. That's about as good as we were this weekend."

Greg Wilkins: "P9 is about as good as we were going to do this weekend. I think we just went the wrong direction and didn't have time to fix it, so we took a bit of a flyer for the race. We made some changes, but I don't think we adjusted enough for the slippery conditions."

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