Leveraging a two-month lull after the first event of the 2012 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series, the Subaru Road Racing Team (SRRT) travels to Birmingham, Alabama on March 30, after a productive period identifying and completing refinements on their #35 Subaru WRX STI 4-door race car in preparation for this weekend’s highly-anticipated race.
Andrew Aquilante, Chester Springs, Pa., and Bret Spaude, Bushnell, Fl., will share cockpit duties in the race-prepped, 2012 Subaru WRX STI developed specifically to compete in a field of road racing cars developing over 400 horsepower.
“Superior horsepower is always advantageous,” said Joe Aquilante, principal of Phoenix Performance in Phoenixville, Pa., where the SRRT Subaru race units are prepped and maintained, “but the Subaru symmetrical all-wheel drive system in our WRX STI is a great benefit on a twisting, hilly track such as this one and negates the power of the V8-engined cars. We led laps during last year’s race at Barber, and our competitive lap times in January at the race at Daytona drive our confidence.”
SRRT Phoenix LLC represents the Subaru of America Inc. road racing effort in the 10-round GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series. SRRT 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 WRX STI in the Grand Sport class.
“On the twisting infield portions of the Daytona track,” noted driver Andrew Aquilante, “Bret and I were able to outmaneuver most of the field in our Subaru. We expect Barber to be more of the same.”
Added James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc., “We’re encouraged that the pace from our STI is both competitive and also repeatable lap after lap, and I’m looking forward to our team’s performance at Barber.”
This weekend’s event will be run on the popular, 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park circuit. Qualifying is Friday, March 30, at 10:50AM ET. The 2 1/2-hour race takes the green flag Saturday, March 31 at 5:15PM ET. The Barber Park race will be televised by SPEED TV for broadcast on April 8th at 12:00PM ET.
For more information about the team and the cars, check out SRRT’s website at www.srrtphoenix.com.
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