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Furfari Brothers Sign with AIM Autosport

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted January 18, 2010 at 10:14 am Signing, Star Mazda, U.S. F2000 National Championship

Michael Furfari will return to Star Mazda competition in 2010 with AIM Autosport.  His younger brother, Anthony Furfari, will drive for AIM in the USF2000 National Championship.

Michael Furfari

Michael, 16, drove for Juncos Racing in the 2009 Star Mazda championship.  He finished inside the top-ten on 8 occasions.  His best qualifying position was 5th in Race-2 at Autobahn in Joliet, Illinois.   Perhaps more impressive than his actual end-results were his in-race performances.  He had several notable drives in 2009.  For example, at Milwaukee he drove from 20th to 10th in the race.  At Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA, he drove from 21st to 8th.  In Race-1 at Autobahn, he drove from 15th to 9th.  In the series finale at Laguna Seca, he drove from 20th on the grid to finish 10th.  Clearly he has race craft and if he can improve his qualifying efforts in 2010, I expect him to be a consistent front-runner.

Anthony Furfari

Anthony Furfari, 15, has spent the last few years in the karting ranks.  Away from karting he has put in a fairly rigorous testing program in full-size cars.  Having sampled both an F2000 car and a Star Mazda car as well as running a few Skip Barber Regional events, the younger Furfari plans to enter the USF2000 National Championship in 2010 with AIM Autosport.  He recently tested a Star Mazda car with Mundill Racing and had many wondering if he would just continue testing until he turned 16 and then enter the Star Mazda Championship.  His decision to run the USF2000 National Championship is probably the right step.  It will be fun to watch his progress this season.

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2 Comments

  1. Speedy on January 18, 2010 2:31 pm

    What happened to their deal with Juncos? I thought Juncos ran a solid program?

  2. Ryan on January 18, 2010 2:46 pm

    Speedy,

    Thank you for the comment. Juncos does run a solid program but it’s not uncommon for drivers to switch teams. I have no idea why they decided to leave Juncos but it’s possible that it was something as simple as a better deal. Pure speculation there.

    I know Juncos is working with Tatiana Calderon right now and they are hoping to have a few more drivers in place for 2010.

    Stay tuned for more updates.

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