AIM Autosport

AIM Autosport

June 09, 2012 22:51 ET

AIM Autosport FXDD Racing With Ferrari Maintains First Place Lead After a Second Place Finish in the 6th Race of the Grand AM Series

VAUGHAN, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 9, 2012) -

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AIM Autosport FXDD Racing With Ferrari held on to their first place lead in the Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT Team and Driver Championship Standings after taking second place in the EMCO Gears classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Team AIM Autosport FXDD is now heading the series with 185 points.

On the 25th lap, AIM Autosport's FXDD Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Emil Assentato was hit from behind by the trailing DP car losing 3 positions after starting the race in 6th.

Assentato said the car is well prepared.

"We had a great start," said Assentato. "We had an unfortunate contact from behind with a DP car but the car was well prepared."

On the 29th lap, Assentato passed the Audi R8 of Jim Norman. By lap 41, Assentato moved the team up to second place.

After a fuel and tire change, co-racer Jeff Segal took over keeping pace in 6th position. Segal moved the team up again, passing the Porsches of Leh Keen and Andy Lally taking 5th place. With 30 minutes remaining, Segal moved the car up to second trailing Bill Auberlen's BMW. Segal finished the race in second place following Auberlen's lead.

Despite a second place finish, Segal says he is happy with the team's performance.

"It's a great victory by the team," said Segal. "We put together a really good car. We had a great strategy. We kept the tires under the car. A podium finish is the best thing to ask for besides a win."

The team will race again June 23rd at the Road America track in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin where they will compete again to keep their 11 point first place lead in the series.

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