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AIM Autosport plans expansion.

Having taken two wins with Mark Wilkins and Brian Frisselle during the 2008 season, AIM Autosport looks set to expand to two-cars for the 2009 Grand Am Rolex Series campaign.

The team intends to field the #11 AIM Autosport Ford Riley in selected events for Canadian pair John Farano and Billy Asaro, who hit the track at Daytona during the first day of Rolex Series testing.

"This is an ex-Krohn car, chassis #11," team manager Ian Willis said. "We converted it to a Ford engine. John Farano is no stranger to Grand-Am - he raced a few times in a GT class Mustang - while Billy Asaro drove for us ten years ago in Formula Ford, and went on to race as high as the British Formula 3 championship.

"Both John and Billy will be running in selected races, probably six in total this year, including the Rolex 24. David Empringham will probably be the third driver in the Rolex 24, and we're talking to a few other people."

Both drivers were pleased with their initial outings in the new car, but the team will have some work to do after Asaro was involved in an incident during the final half hour of testing. He hit the wall in turn three, and the car sustained some bodywork and mechanical damage.

"I love the Daytona Prototype," said Farano, who drove a Ford Mustang GT in three races in 2008. "I haven't had much seat time yet, but we'll get there. I think it's going to be great. I've known AIM for some time, and I wanted to drive this car to be part of the faster group."


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Juan Pablo Montoya, Memo Rojas, Scott Pruett and Charlie Kimball, co-drivers of the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates TELMEX/Target Ford BMW Riley celebrate their win in victory lane at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Rolex Series action [Pic credit: Grand-Am]
Alex Popow and Sebastian Bourdais, drivers of the #2 Ford Riley, celebrate in Victory Lane after wininng the Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo Credit: Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Alex Popow and Sebastien Bourdais, drivers of the #2 Soloson Ford Riley, celebrate after winning the Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
The winning #60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Ford Riley car is brought into victory lane after a gruelling 50th anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona. [Picture Credit: Daytona International Speedway]
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