Watkins Glen Looms Large in Subaru Road Racing Team's Schedule

- SRRT Looks to Make Up Ground After Difficult Race -


Phoenixville, PA. - June 29, 2012 - The world-famous Watkins Glen International road racing course near Watkins Glen, N.Y., the site of round seven of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series, has long been a favorite venue for the Subaru Road Racing Team.

"Returning to race at Watkins Glen is like going home," said Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance in Phoenixville, Pa., which prepares the team's Subaru WRX STI race cars. "The Glen has long straights and steep elevation changes which will pose challenges for the entire Grand Sport field."

Subaru Road Racing Team drivers Andrew Aquilante and Bret Spaude are also familiar with the 3.4-mile "long course" layout used for Saturday's 3pm race that will last two-and-a-half hours.

Spaude, of Bushnell, Fla., will qualify the 4-door #35 Subaru WRX STI at The Glen and race until it is time to slot teammate "AJ" Aquilante, of Chester Springs, Pa., into the cockpit for the charge to the checkered flag.

"Our team endured a difficult race at the last round in Road America," commented James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc. "Without warning from course workers waving yellow flags, Bret unknowingly drove into another car's oil and found himself crashing at a very high-speed section of the race track.

"Thankfully, our driver walked away uninjured, which is a strong testament to both the structural integrity of our Subaru WRX STI, and the quality roll cage and safety equipment built by our race team. Having a car ready to race at The Glen less than one week later just shows the level of preparation by SRRT."

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

Practice and qualifying at The Glen will be Friday. The two-and-a-half hour race takes the green flag Saturday at 3 pm.

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 the Subaru of America Inc. 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.

Fans can visit the team's website at www.srrtphoenix.com and the Phoenix Performance website at www.phoenixperformance.net

SUBARU PUMA RallyCross Team USA Roars Onto The Streets of Downtown Los Angeles For Summer X Games 18.

Los Angeles, Ca. June 29, 2012 - The streets of downtown Los Angeles will be roaring with the sounds of 600-horsepower Subaru STI rallycross cars this weekend, as the Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team (SPRT) competes in ESPN's X Games 18. The team comprises two of X Games' most decorated athletes, Dave Mirra and Bucky Lasek, who are joined by three-time European Rallycross Champion Sverre Isachsen of Norway. The trio will each drive highly modified 2012 Subaru WRX STI Rallycross cars on a unique dirt and tarmac course, utilizing the streets of downtown Los Angeles in front of the STAPLES Center, which includes a 60-foot gap jump.

The top fifteen drivers in the Global Rallycross Championship earned an invite to the X Games, the pinnacle of action sports. Its tenth year in Los Angeles, X Games 18 will feature more than 200 athletes at competition venues and event spaces including STAPLES Center and Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.  In addition to Rallycross competition, Subaru driver Bucky Lasek will go for Gold in Skateboard Vert, where he is favored to medal.

SPRT driver Bucky Lasek may be the busiest Rallycross competitor in the field as he plans to tackle two totally different disciplines in Rallycross and Skateboard Vert competition and will be hustling between venues as he juggles the competition schedules. "The competition at X Games has been always intense and having to prepare for two different events definitely ups the ante. Being new to Rallycross this year, it is great having an experienced crew and teammates to support my development in this sport. I am hyped to represent Subaru at the games and looking for a positive outcome. "

"I'm really looking forward to this year's X Games. I competed as a guest Subaru driver in 2010, but the track and location of events are totally different this year, so it is all new to me again," said Sverre Isachsen, aka "The Viking Warrior", who is eager to fight for the win in Los Angeles. "We had two important test days before X Games, and I have a good feeling with the car. The team is great, the car suits my style more and more , and I really want an X Games medal!"

Dave Mirra has plenty of experience juggling two sports at X Games after several years of competing in both BMX and Rally with Subaru. However, 2012 will see Mirra focus solely on Rallycross. "The X Games just brings everything to another level, to be able to race my Subaru on the streets of Los Angeles against the world's best drivers is amazing."

Summarizing the team's road to X Games 18, James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc., added, "As this event has evolved heavily over the years since its introduction into the [X] Games in 2006, so too has our racing program. We have grown to field a three-car line-up, we recently established a partnership with a great brand in PUMA, and the team has been tirelessly pioneering the technical developments in our WRX STI Rallycross cars to meet the heightened level of competition within the Global RallyCross Championship series. X Games 18 represents an important step in our team's journey."

X Games 18 competition begins tonight, Thursday June 28 and continues through Sunday July 1. X Games Rallycross action begins with heat races on Sunday July 1 LIVE on ESPN2 from 3-5pm EST and the Last Chance Qualifier races and Main Event airing LIVE on ESPN2 from 5-7pm EST. ESPN broadcast coverage of the Summer X Games can be found here.

For additional information about Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team visit: http://www.subaru.com/rally. Become fan on http://www.facebook.com/subaruofamerica and follow @subaru_usa and @srtusa. #PUMAGRC

For more information on GRC visit: http://www.global-rallycross.com/

About Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team USA

Subaru Puma Rallycross Team USA is proudly supported by Subaru of America, Inc., Subaru Tecnica International (STI), Subaru Performance Tuning (SPT), PUMA, BFGoodrich Tires, RECARO, Motul, Exedy, and Vermont SportsCar.

Road America Next Venue for Subaru Road Racing Team

Drivers and Crew Eager to Capitalize on Performance Potential in Subaru WRX STI


Phoenixville, PA. – June 22, 2012 – Subaru Road Racing Team (SRRT) drivers Andrew Aquilante (AJ) and Bret Spaude look with enthusiasm to the second half of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Championship racing season as they travel to round six; hosted on the famed Road America track, located north of Milwaukee and near Elkhart Lake, Wis.

A third place finish at Miami, a win at New Jersey, and a run as high as second place at Mid-Ohio have given Aquilante and Spaude a quiet confidence mainly grounded in expectations of their #35 SRRT WRX STI around the 4.048-mile race course this weekend.

"Road America is a very fast track with long straights that seem to stretch to the horizons, plus breathtaking downhill runs into a heavy braking," said Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance in Phoenixville, Pa., which prepares the team's Subaru WRX STI racecars. "The all-wheel-drive capability from our Subaru will give AJ and Bret a lot of 'dig' coming out of the turns."

As has been the case all season, team driver Bret Spaude, of Bushnell, Fla., will qualify the Subaru at Road America, and race until it is time to slot teammate Andrew Aquilante, of Chester Springs, Pa., into the cockpit for the charge to the checkered flag.

"We have momentum, confidence, and determination in our Subaru WRX STI and ongoing race preparations by each of our team members," added Joe Aquilante. "Our race starts have been strong and we want to continue to show that consistency."

James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc. said, "SRRT's efforts and preparations haven't always played out in race results, but our car's performance is highly consistent and accessible. Our all-wheel drive WRX STI is a great foil to the rear-wheel drive-based eight-cylinder cars which make up the bulk of the Grand Sport field. We'll approach the balance of this season determined to make good on the performance that our Subaru shows in qualifying."

Practice for Road America, will be on Thursday, June 21, with Bret Spaude qualifying the Subaru at 10:15am (CT). The two-and-a-half hour race takes the green flag Friday at 6:15pm (CT).

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 the Subaru of America Inc. 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.

SUBARU PUMA RallyCross Team at Texas Race

SUBARU PUMA RallyCross Team USA Ramped Up Competition at Inaugural Hoon Kaboom Texas RallyCross Race.


Fort Worth, Tx., June 12, 2012 - There was certainly no shortage of excitement during race day at round two of the 2012 Global RallyCross in Fort Worth, Texas. While SUBARU PUMA RallyCross Team USA was kept off the podium, they were front and center for much of the drama throughout the day's racing.

In the first heat, Sverre Isachsen led the pack off the line and drove his #11 Subaru WRX STI with vigor to secure a spot in the Main event with a second place finish in his heat. SUBARU PUMA RallyCross Team USA's Bucky Lasek finished fourth in the same heat and was seated in one of the two Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQ). Dave Mirra in the #40 WRX STI was also placed in an LCQ, where he put up a tough fight and finished in second position, just a few seconds short of advancing to the final.

Bucky Lasek provided the greatest spectacle of the heat races, and possibly the event, during the running of the LCQ B. After a tight start, Lasek was chasing Liam Doran whose ailing car was leaking fluids and slowing. After Lasek chased Doran through the chicane, Doran ducked to the left as though he was pulling off, Lasek went for the pass only to have Doran pull back in during the lead-up to the narrow steel jump. Having braked hard to avoid the car in front him, Lasek felt he had scrubbed too much speed to clear the jump and made the split decision to abort the jump and drive off the side of it. In an amazing maneuver more suited to a skateboard than his #80 Subaru WRX STI, Lasek rode the water barrier beside the jump on two wheels and stuck the landing!

Sverre Isachsen entered the 10-car Main event with the podium in his sights. Starting in the 2ndrow, the Viking Warrior muscled his way forward through the pack off the start and got alongside Marcus Gronholm. The two collided when Gronholm tried to duck into the Shortcut through Isachsen. The impact forced Isachsen unwillingly into the Shortcut and the sent him sideways into the grass, but he stayed on the throttle and continued, losing several positions in the process. Things really got tricky on the next lap when Isachsen was slowed by another competitor as they approached the jump "We were heading towards the big jump, when the car in front of me suddenly braked. I had two choices; I could hit him and crash both cars, or I could brake! I braked and stopped just before the end of the jump as I would not have cleared the gap," explained Isachsen. The race was red flagged and Global Rallycross Officials would restart the Main but denied Isachsen the opportunity to continue in the event due to stopping on the jump. Isachsen pleaded with the Officials to no avail. Sverre remained confident in his decision and his future campaign in the #11 Subaru WRX STI as he stated, "I don't understand why I wasn't allowed to start again. All I did was try to avoid a big crash. But on the positive side the car was awesome today, and I'm really looking forward to the next race which is a part of X Games."

X Games 18 kicks off in Los Angeles on June 28 and runs through July 1. Similar to last year, the RallyCross course will run on the streets of downtown L.A. in the vicinity of the Staples Center.

For additional information about Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team visit: http://www.subaru.com/rally. Become fan on http://www.facebook.com/subaruofamerica and follow @subaru_usa and @srtusa. #PUMAGRC

For more information on GRC visit: http://www.global-rallycross.com/

About Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team USA

Subaru Puma Rallycross Team USA is proudly supported by Subaru of America, Inc., Subaru Tecnica International (STI), Subaru Performance Tuning (SPT), PUMA, BFGoodrich Tires, RECARO, Motul, Exedy, and Vermont SportsCar.

Revitalized Subaru Road Racing Team Looks forward to Mid-Ohio Event

- Drivers Aquilante and Spaude hold series' best-average finish in last two races -


Phoenixville, PA. - June 6, 2012 - With a series-best average finish of second place in the two most recent GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Championship events - a third at Miami and a win at New Jersey - Subaru Road Racing Team drivers Andrew Aquilante and Bret Spaude are focused on another podium finish this weekend at the famous Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Lexington, Ohio, a venue where the team has twice won in previous years.

"As was the case at both Homestead-Miami and New Jersey, Mid-Ohio is a track which really highlights our car's handling and cornering abilities," said Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance in Phoenixville, Pa., which prepares the team's Subaru WRX STI racecars.

As is the case all season, team driver Bret Spaude, of Bushnell, Fla., will qualify the 4-door #35 Subaru WRX STI at Mid-Ohio, and race until it is time to slot teammate Andrew Aquilante, of Chester Springs, Pa., into the cockpit for the charge to the checkered flag.

"Our race finishes have improved with every race this season," added Joe Aquilante. "Now that we've won a race, we want to continue producing consistently-high finishes."

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

Practice on the 2.258-mile configuration of Mid-Ohio, located 15 minutes south of Mansfield, Ohio, will be Friday, June 8 at 8:40am and 1:45pm, with Bret Spaude qualifying the Subaru at 3:35pm. The two-and-a-half hour race takes the green flag Saturday, June 9 at 11am.

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 the Subaru of America Inc. 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.

Fans can visit the team's website at www.srrtphoenix.com and the Phoenix Performance website at www.phoenixperformance.net.

David Higgins Stages Massive Comeback to Finish Second Overall at Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally

Podium Finish Puts Higgins One Step Closer to Second Consecutive Rally America Driver's Championship


Wellsboro, Pa., June 4, 2012 - Subaru driver David Higgins completed the biggest comeback of his career to finish second overall on the sinuous and technical dirt roads of Pennsylvania's 2012 Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR), round four of six in the 2012 Rally America National Championship. Higgins dropped over three minutes to the leaders after a mechanical problem struck his Subaru on the event's first stage dropping him down to 13th Overall. With his BFGoodrich-tires shod Subaru WRX STI fully repaired for STPR's second and much longer day of rallying, Higgins pushed hard and climbed the leaderboard, finding himself on the podium at the finish. The strong result retains Higgins' substantial lead in the 2012 Rally America Championship standings and puts him within a handful of points of securing his second straight Rally America crown with two events still remaining.

On STPR's very first stage Higgins' Subaru experienced a transmission problem, forcing Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew to limp through the day's three stages before they could reach their service crew for repairs. The duo lost nearly three minutes and dropped to 13th Overall on the leaderboard. The Subaru Rally Team USA technicians repaired the #75 SRT USA STI, and Higgins was primed for a big attack on the second and much longer day of rallying that included nearly 90 miles of gravel stages through the dense forests of north-central Pennsylvania.

Higgins ascended the leaderboard throughout Saturday as he won seven of the 10 competition stages by large margins. However, the biggest push came mid-day after stage nine, when with just four special stages remaining, Higgins found himself in third overall but a seemingly daunting one-minute and 41 seconds behind second place driver Leo Urlichich. Higgins continued to push hard and amazingly clawed back all of that time and more, vaulting him into second place overall.

"My Subaru team did an awesome job getting the car repaired and we went on maximum attack the next day," explained Higgins. "Third place was my goal but when we began to pull big time on a few stages we knew second place was possible and went for it. This was one of the best comebacks of my career and it was really good fun to be able to push hard like that. These stages are so difficult when you have to push because the trees are so close to the road and the stages are very fast! You can never read the road by sight so a great co-driver and great notes are key and I had both this weekend, so big thanks to (co-driver) Craig Drew."

Added James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc., "After a frustrating first three stages, both David and Craig rose to the occasion to claw back time on the leading pack and ultimately finish second at STPR. The team has placed themselves in a solid position to retain the national title with two rounds remaining in the championship with our #75 SRT USA STI."

For additional information about Subaru Rally Team USA visit: http://www.subaru.com/rally. Become fan on http://www.facebook.com/subaruofamerica and follow the team on Twitter: @subaru_usa and @srtusa.

About Subaru Rally Team USA

Subaru Rally Team USA is managed by Vermont SportsCar and proudly supported by Subaru of America, Inc., Subaru Tecnica International (STI), Subaru Performance Tuning (SPT), PUMA, BFGoodrich Tires, RECARO, PIAA, Exedy, Motul, and VP Racing Fuels.

Subaru Rally Team USA's David Higgins Ready For High-Speed Battle at Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally

Factory Subaru Team Looks to Extend Points Lead in Championship


Wellsboro, Pa., June 1, 2012 - Subaru driver and defending Rally America National Champion David Higgins aims to stretch his lead in the 2012 championship standings this weekend at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR). Higgins and his co-driver Craig Drew will challenge an entry list of nearly 70 cars using their BFGoodrich Tires-shod 2012 Subaru WRX STI rally car. The 2012 edition of STPR marks the 36th anniversary of this event, the oldest, continuously running motorsports event in Pennsylvania, and home to round four of the six-round 2012 Rally America National Championship. Higgins narrowly won STPR in 2011 but will be under less pressure this year as he has already amassed a large lead atop the Rally America points standings after just the first three events.

This legendary rally is known for its high-speed serpentine dirt roads that plunge through the forests of north central Pennsylvania. The event will take place June 1-2 with headquarters at the Tioga County Fairgrounds. If conditions are wet, and current weather forecasts predict may be the case, the clay-based roads can become extremely slippery and challenging.

Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA) driver David Higgins nearly locked the Rally America National Championship title with a decisive win at the previous round, the Oregon Trail Rally. The team sits 35 points ahead of the pack with three more events to go, but only two points separate second and third place making the STPR event an important one in deciding many teams' fates.

"I'm really looking forward to STPR, these are classic rally stages which are a challenge because the roads are hard to read as they twist through the dense forest," explains Higgins. "It is very important to have a good co-driver and good notes. The weather, too, can play a factor with rain in the forecast; the conditions may turn treacherously slippery on the clay-based forest roads. Road conditions can change very quickly from dry and dusty to wet and greasy, but we are confident that the combination of our Subaru WRX STI and BFGoodrich Tires put us in a great position for all of the variables."

Higgins' key championship rivals are Canadian Rally Championship regulars Antoine L'Estage and Leo Urlichich. Higgins won the 2012 STPR over L'Estage by a mere 1.3 seconds and fully expects L'Estage to be his biggest challenger again. "We know our Canadian rivals will be tough competition, especially with being fresh from the Canadian Rally Championship's Rocky Mountain rally less than a week ago, the extra seat time should help them. However, we are in a great spot in the Championship points race so we are under no pressure to finish on top, but we are here to win and expect nothing less."

For additional information about Subaru Rally Team USA visit: http://www.subaru.com/rally. Become fan on http://www.facebook.com/subaruofamerica and follow @subaru_usa and @srtusa.

For more information on the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally visit: http://www.stpr.org/

About Subaru Rally Team USA

Subaru Rally Team USA is managed by Vermont SportsCar and proudly supported by Subaru of America, Inc., Subaru Tecnica International (STI), Subaru Performance Tuning (SPT), PUMA, BFGoodrich Tires, RECARO, PIAA, Exedy, Motul, and VP Racing Fuels.

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