This weekend, 22-year old Subaru Road Racing Team drivers Andrew Aquilante, Phoenixville, Pa., and Bret Spaude, Bushnell, Fla., want to capitalize on lessons learned throughout this season and make that trip this Saturday to the Winners’ Circle at their team’s home track at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ, during the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series race.
Between the 2008 and 2009 race at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the SRRT drivers have finished a combined handful of seconds away from victory. Aquilante and his co-driver finished third in the inaugural, 2008 race on the flat 2.25-mile circuit near Millville, N.J., and sixth last year. But the combined gap for the two years was only the distance of a Philadelphia Phillies centerfielder’s throw to home.
“AJ and Bret love racing with each other and against each other,” said Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance of Phoenixville, Pa., which prepares the team’s Grand Sports class 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. “Last weekend they were competitors in identical cars in an SCCA National. It was a great chance for them to show each other what they had on equal turf, and each won a race. This weekend they can do it in the same car.”
“We’re getting close,” he added, “and having raced the Subaru Impreza at Millville in another series in 2009, we know where our advantages lie. We’re simply making the various tweaks, which combined, can be the difference between where you are and leading the pack.”
The 2 1/2-hour race is round eight of 10 in the season, and will take the green flag Saturday at 2:45pm ET. The race is being televised by SPEED TV to air July 25 at 1pm ET.
Added James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc., “This race is always a special weekend for Subaru as our headquarters are located less than an hour’s drive to the track, and Subaru serves as the official automobile and pace cars of New Jersey Motorsports Park. With our Subaru Road Racing Team fielding the #35 Subaru Impreza WRX STI this weekend, the venue represents a great opportunity for Subaru fans and associates alike to cheer on the team and drivers at our home race track.”
Sponsors for SRRT include Subaru Of America, Inc., Subaru Tecnica International (STI), Subaru Performance Tuning (SPT), Ron Davis Racing Radiators, Hawk Brakes, freeM of America, VAC Motorsports, Automotive Racing Products, Rockland Standard Gear, Quarter Master, Ecutek, Lista, Rotary Lifts, Cusco, Carbonetic, Hella, and Perrin.
About SRRT Phoenix LLC
SRRT Phoenix LLC represents Subaru of America Inc.’s road racing effort in the 10-round GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series and is owned and managed by Joe Aquilante of Phoenix Performance, LLC. The team’s 32,000 sq. ft. facility is in Phoenixville, Pa., 40 miles west of Philadelphia, PA. Team drivers Andrew Aquilante and Bret Spaude race a Subaru Impreza WRX STI in the Grand Sport class.