Photo By John Thawley AIM Autosport has had a strong start to the 2007 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. The rookie Canadian team is fourth in Daytona Prototype class standings after two races, with a fifth-place finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and seventh at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.
Former Miami resident Burt Frisselle, now living in Lynchburg, Va., will join AIM lead driver Mark Wilkins of Toronto for this week's race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida, driving the No. 61 Lexus-powered Riley Mk XI, backed by Exchange Traded Gold, Barrick Gold Corporation, RBC Financial Group and Telus' Mike Network.
The 2.3-mile course suits Frisselle's driving style: His first Rolex Series race was at Homestead and he notched a podium finish. With traction control (TC) no longer allowed in the Rolex Series, he believes the key to success will be navigating the track's hairpin turns quickly while preserving the car's tires.
"Without TC, it will be much more on the drivers to save their tires," he noted. "In many ways, for a new team like AIM, not having TC is a good thing because some of the big teams did a lot of testing last year and really had it dialed in. It would be hard for us to be competitive with them this early in our campaign."
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that Daytona guy
Doncaster Racing partner John Lacey will have a special cheering section at the Homestead race. As a seasonal resident of Naples, Fla., he has developed a following among local race fans. After a good GT finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Lacey was enjoying a round of golf when he heard, "Hey, you're that Daytona guy!" He was surprised to learn his fellow golfers have been avidly following the team's competition in the Rolex Series.
Lacey's golf friends will travel to Homestead to support the No. 17 MineStar / Tim Hortons Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. Dave Lacey and Greg Wilkins, both of Toronto, will share driving duty under John Lacey's direction.