After a promising race weekend at VIRginia International Raceway, Subaru’s factory road race team looks forward to competing on one of its “home tracks” this Memorial Day weekend – the bucolic Lime Rock Park circuit in northwestern Connecticut.
Following a solid 11th place finish in the most recent race –at VIRginia International Raceway – the team looks forward to racing on the rolling 1.53-mile Lime Rock Park configuration in this, the fifth round of the 2011 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series.
The Subaru Road Racing Team (SRRT) prepares and races a 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4-door model in the series for Subaru of America, Inc.
At Lime Rock, John Heinricy, the team’s technical director, is filling in for regular driver Andrew Aquilante, who is sitting out this race while recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in an off-course excursion the previous weekend at Summit Point, West Virginia. Andrew is expected to return and at full strength for the Watkins Glen round. Co-driving with Heinricy is Bret Spaude, Bushnell, Fla., who is the team’s regular teammate to Andrew.
“I’ve had the opportunity to help develop this Subaru race car from the technical standpoint for the last couple years, so being asked to be one of its drivers in actual competition is a real treat. Driving cars in competition is something that’s always given me a lot of satisfaction, and ‘feeling the car myself will help me better work with Brett,” Heinricy said.
“The comparative short and winding Lime Rock Park can be an advantageous track for our Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive capabilities, which in turn helps us improve even more on our promising finish from VIR,” said Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance of Phoenixville, Pa., where the team’s cars are prepped and tuned.