Subaru Road Racing Team Readies for Indianapolis Motor Speedway
– Event marks GRAND-AM Racing’s inaugural visit to “The Brickyard” –
Phoenixville, PA. – July 25, 2012 – Subaru Road Racing Team (SRRT) drivers Andrew “A.J.” Aquilante and Bret Spaude will race Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one of the most historic auto racing tracks in the world, as GRAND-AM Road Racing brings its two series to the world-famous “Brickyard.”
The SRRT #35 Subaru Impreza WRX STI is one of 36 cars in the Grand Sports class of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC). Adding in the Street Tuner class entries, the series boasts over 70 cars competing in the 2 ½-hour race on the 2.534-mile circuit at Indy, a fast layout that combines an infield road course integrated into the oval track used at the Indianapolis 500 and at Saturday’s Brickyard 400 for NASCAR teams.
The CTSCC race is the opening event of the Kroger Super Weekend at “The Brickyard”, an event which combines the two sports car shows on Friday with the NASCAR Nextel Cup race Saturday and Sunday.
“Testing here at Indy a few weeks ago gave us a great baseline performance to work off of and helps us better prepare for this race weekend,” said Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance in Phoenixville, Pa., which prepares the team’s Subaru WRX STI race cars. “As always, quick and consistent pit work by our crew and prudent driving by AJ and Bret should help us pick up some positions.”
For the first time in the history of the series, the CTSCC teams will practice, qualify, and race in a five-hour span of the same day. The 2 ½-hour race takes the green flag Friday at 1 p.m. CT, and will be televised on SPEED TV Aug. 5 at noon ET.