Originally created 08/06/02

Thieves take pink race car and more

TORONTO -- The pink Barbie-sponsored Formula Ford driven by Ashley Taws was stolen while the 18-year-old driver and the rest of her AIM Autosport team slept in a motel.

Taws and teammate Louis-Phillipe Dumoulin raced Sunday in Trois Rivieres, Quebec. The entire team stayed near the track Sunday night and planned to head home to Toronto on Monday morning.

They woke to find the team's truck and trailer gone, along with the race cars, a scooter, tools and equipment.

The thieves also tried to take a second truck and trailer carrying Taws' show car and promotional items, but were unsuccessful.

The race cars, a pair of Aero 2s, were built by the team engineers brothers Ian and Keith Willis, in the early 90s and have been driven by some of Canada's top aspiring racing talents.

The next race for the team is at Mosport in two weeks.

Last month in Toronto, Taws became the first female driver to win a pole in a professional Canadian racing event, taking the honors in a Formula Ford race during the Toronto Molson-Indy weekend.


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