– Drivers Aquilante and Spaude Look to Build on Third Place Finish at Previous Round –
Phoenixville, PA. – May 9, 2012 – This weekend the Subaru Road Racing Team (SRRT) travels to New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP), near Millville, N.J., for the fourth round of the 2012 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Championship. The B+ Heroes 200, a two-hour, 30-minute sprint race, is scheduled for Saturday, May 12 at 3:15pm (EST). Two weeks ago, SRRT drivers Andrew Aquilante and Bret Spaude surfed the waves of the rain-swept Homestead Miami Speedway to put their 4-door #35 Subaru WRX STI race car into third place; the team is eager and confident for this weekend’s race.
“Reaching the top of the podium this Saturday would mean a great deal to our team as NJMP is the closest GRAND-AM event to our race shop and less than an hour’s drive from the national offices of Subaru of America,” said Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance in Phoenixville, Pa., which prepares the team’s Subaru WRX STI race cars.
Team driver Bret Spaude, of Bushnell, Fla., will qualify the 4-door #35 Subaru WRX STI, and drive until it is time to slot teammate Andrew Aquilante of Chester Springs, Pa., into the cockpit for the charge to the checkered flag.
“Our success at Homestead Miami Speedway was a culmination of our crew’s collective sweat and determination over the past six months along with continued support from Subaru,” said Joe Aquilante. “Bret put in a blistering lap time during qualifying to place the #35 Subaru on pole for the race start, and Andrew put the all-wheel drive capabilities of our WRX STI to effective use when the heavy rain fell.”
The race-prepped #35 SRRT WRX STI is developed to compete against rival teams fielding cars producing over 400 horsepower.