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Phoenixville-based team races to third place at Homestead road race

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Phoenixville, PA. –  Posted: 05/04/12 08:54 am


MIAMI, Fla. ­— Teammates Andrew Aquilante and Bret Spaude gave the Subaru Road Racing Team (SRRT) a front row start and achieved a third place finish recently at Homestead-Miami Speedway.


The two-hour, 30-minute sprint race served as the third round of the 2012 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Championship.


Spaude, of Bushnell, Fla., qualified the No. 35 SRRT WRX STI on the front row for the race, comprising a massive 66-car starting grid encompassing two car classes. He kept his STI in the lead for 19 laps around the 2.3-mile combination NASCAR-style banked oval plus flat infield road course located just south of Miami, Fla.


On lap 30 of 82, Spaude handed off driving duties — while running in a comfortable 10th place — to teammate Andrew Aquilante (Chester Springs), who brought the distinctive No. 35 Subaru to the checkered flag in third place after making numerous exciting on-track maneuvers.


“The varying weather conditions throughout the race posed a challenge, but our car performed flawlessly all weekend plus our pit stop strategy proved to be the right one,” said SRRT owner Joe Aquilante, principal of the Phoenixville-based Phoenix Performance. “We can’t wait for the next round, which is our home race at Millville (New Jersey).”


“I enjoyed a great first stint and didn’t feel much of any pressure (from the competitors) from behind in the wet (conditions),” Spaude added. “Our STI really stuck well in the corners, and I was able to keep the lead right up to my first pit stop. After handing off the car to my teammate, AJ (Aquilante) picked up right where I left off and made some incredible passes to help us get onto the podium.”


Aquilante and Spaude were among 67 cars entered in two classes in GRAND-AM Road Racing’s largest participatory series.


“We’re pleased to take away a podium finish from the Homestead round, and our team has been working hard in tapping the performance potential of our Subaru WRX STI,” James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc, said. “Both Bret and Andrew put in some great drives under difficult and changing weather conditions while maneuvering through heavy traffic. We’ll build on this result for our next race in two weeks.”


The next race, the B+ Heroes 200, will be May 11-13 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, which is relatively near to both the team’s race shop location and corporate headquarters for Subaru of America, Inc. The Homestead round was taped and is scheduled for broadcast on SPEED TV at noon Saturday, May 12.

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 www.srrtphoenix.com and the Phoenix Performance website at www.phoenixperformance.net


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