Fix Confirmed in Ave-Riley AR-2 for Prototype Challenge

Photo: Tony Ave

Photo: Tony Ave

Paul Fix will give the Ave-Riley AR-2 its competition debut in this week’s IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda season-opener at Sebring, as part of a full-season effort planned for the Trans-Am ace.

The new LMP3 car will join other entry level prototypes from Onroak Automotive (Ligier JS P3), Ginetta and Norma in the new-look series, which will run as a support race to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Fix is listed in the No. 44 car, entered by Ave Motorsports, for the pair of 45-minute races at Sebring.

“We are all looking forward to getting on track and experiencing prototype racing in North America,” Fix said. “I know that from previous experience, the entire Tony Ave Racing team is behind this endeavor 110 percent.”

Fix and the team, along with the majority of Prototype Challenge series competitors, are coming off a two-day test at Sebring last week, which saw the new Kelly Moss Norma M30 of Colin Thompson top the time charts.

The Ave-Riley set the 12th quickest time in class, some eight seconds off Thompson’s 1:58.021 lap time.

“The car is both fast and a pleasure to drive,” Fix said. “I expect we should be on pace for the season of racing.

“Past experience at various tracks on the schedule will allow us to get a good setup under the car and be in a competitive posture from the moment we unload the transporters.”

Ave added: “Paul drove our works Trans Am cars for the past three seasons and played a large part in helping develop the car to its current point of success in that series.

“I expect him to lead us in this endeavor in the same fashion.”

19 Comments

  1. Bakkster

    March 13, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Paul Fix, the guy who caused a crash in Trans-Am last year unsafely reentering the track, and got put on probation last year. Hooray!

  2. Passin theTaurus~

    March 13, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Yeah that was ugly. 8secs off tho is hard to believe seeing the extensive aero work on that nose.

  3. Michael Sørensen

    March 13, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    do you think they forgot to shape the front… like oops

    • Passin theTaurus~

      March 13, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      If it works, we have been completely over-thinking this aerodynamics thing

      • M

        March 13, 2017 at 10:47 pm

        It doesn’t work even a little bit lol 8 seconds off the lead was their best time

    • Zwodahs x3

      March 13, 2017 at 10:54 pm

      It looks like a prototype from the late 90s or early 2000’s with 2017 shark fin

  4. Bobby D

    March 13, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Watching a interview with Paul Fix is the cringiest thing ever. The guy is so full of himself it is not even funny.

  5. Luc

    March 13, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    You have ugly and you have ugly

    • Helmut

      March 14, 2017 at 8:35 am

      I like it 😉

  6. Kurt

    March 13, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Can anyone confirm that was actually Colin’s lap? Colin was quick but Tristan Vautier seems to be in the car doing setup work throughout the test as well. Should be a fun feeder series to watch, multiple constructors with a nice entry count for the first race!

  7. Joe Thornton

    March 13, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Regardless of the lap time I can assure you that Paul Fix was nowhere near the top of the speed charts.

  8. Steve

    March 13, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    There is no way in hell they’ll be able to sell these things, putting a no-body driver in there that is slow doesn’t help the sales pitch.

  9. fia/aco is trash

    March 13, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    nose as ugly as the required and useless huge ugly fins. very nice

  10. Lisa Gottfried

    March 13, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Tony, Congratulations on your entry, you are one of the most talented driver/development engineers I’ve ever met! Good luck to you and your crew !
    Rob and Lisa

  11. Bradley Waters

    March 13, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    I am just baffled that something that looks that bad has the Riley name associated with it

  12. el_gordo

    March 14, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Don’t get me wrong, I liked the DPs but the first gen were butt ugly like this thing too

  13. Eric

    March 14, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Is this for real? It looks like a kit car.

  14. Kirk

    March 15, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Dumb Question: If the new Prototype Challenge P3 cars are only ever going to run 45 minute races as a support series, why do they have headlights? Will they be running at night somewhere? It just seems silly to me to expend the money to have working headlights if they will never be needed. Just wondering.

  15. Axl Rose ate my Buick

    March 23, 2017 at 11:02 am

    What is that thing, a racing shoe box?

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