Subaru Road Racing Team Finishes in Top 12 at a Grueling Watkins Glen

- Team Works to Adjust to Recently Levied Performance Adjustments -

Phoenixville, PA. – July 2, 2012

– Warm and dry weather took its toll on race cars and their drivers in this weekend’s race in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series at the world-famous Watkins Glen International road racing course near Watkins Glen, N.Y.  Challenging conditions and a recently instituted performance adjustment by the sanctioning body had their effect on the Subaru Road Racing Team’s (SRRT) on-track performance.

Despite the difficult circumstances, the team’s pit crew plus drivers Andrew “A. J.” Aquilante and Bret Spaude, qualified their #35 Subaru WRX STI race car 12th quickest in a field of 29 Grand Sports class competitors, and ultimately finished the 2 ½-hour race in 12th.

“The team put a great deal of effort, and our 12th place finish, though not ideal, was hard fought,” conceded Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance in Phoenixville, Pa., which prepares the team’s Subaru WRX STI race cars. “We’ve finished better than that this season, but our performance wasn’t representative of the true potential from our program.”

“A. J. and Bret drove smart, our enthusiastic pit crew got both drivers in and out quickly, and that was the maximum we could do today. GRAND-AM’s recent re-adjustment to our Subaru’s turbocharger boost pressure restricted our on-track performance this weekend. Twelfth quickest isn’t where we’d like to be, but in a 29-car class, we made the best of a comprised situation.”

Spaude, of Bushnell, Fla., qualified the car at The Glen and raced the first 34 minutes before pitting for gas and tires, and slotting teammate “AJ” Aquilante, of Chester Springs, Pa., into the seat for the cockpit for the final 44 laps.

Two subsequent, efficient pit stops by the SRRT crew brought AJ to as high as second place on laps 38 and 39, before his final stop dropped him to 18th.  Picking up four positions between laps 56 and 58, he worked his way back to 12th, where the team had started the race.

“Other cars caused seven full-course yellow situations that ate up 22 laps that we could have been racing. That didn’t help our progress today, but we enjoyed a trouble-free Subaru to race, a much-appreciated veteran crew, and we did the best we could with our new rules parameters,” said Joe Aquilante.

The race-prepped #35 SRRT WRX STI is developed to compete against rival teams fielding cars producing over 400 horsepower.

The race was televised by SPEED TV to air July 14 at 1pm ET

The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge next competes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, July 27, as part of the “Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard.”  GRAND-AM has scheduled an official two-day test for competitors on Friday and Saturday, July 6-7, in preparation for GRAND-AM’s first competition in Indianapolis.

Sponsors for SRRT include Subaru Of America, Inc., Subaru Tecnica International (STI), Subaru Performance Tuning (SPT), Hawk Brakes, Ron Davis Racing Radiators, Automotive Racing Products, VAC Motorsports, Rockland Standard Gear, 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 WRX STI in the Grand Sport class.

For more information about the team and the cars, call Joe Aquilante at (610) 482-0141.  Fans can visit the team’s website at and the Phoenix Performance website at

About Subaru of America, Inc.

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