The Subaru Road Racing Team, with co-drivers Andrew Aquilante, Chester Springs, Pa., and Bret Spaude, Bushnell, Fla., is headed to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio for the 10th and final round of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge to be held on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Given the team’s past successes at Mid-Ohio, winning in both 2007 and 2008, the team is looking to this race with optimism.
“Any time you go to a race where you have been successful in previous years, history gives you the confidence to know you can do the job,” said SRRT owner Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance Inc., in Phoenixville, Pa., where the SRRT cars are race-prepared.
Saturday’s 2 ½-hour race on the world-famous 2.258-mile road course is also the final race of the 10-race GRAND-AM Continental Tire series season.
“This year has not been without its trials, but we’ve made a lot of progress in our efforts to develop the ‘package’ with which we compete against seven other automotive brands,” said Joe Aquilante. “Our STI has become very competitive and we have achieved new levels of performance this year.”
James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc., noted, “We were under no illusions when we kicked off this campaign in January that we would be laying the groundwork for a championship-contending effort, and our team has performed well against a robust field of competitors throughout the year. [The] Mid-Ohio [round] represents the culmination of a technical development program that has been a collective effort by all our team members this season.”