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Phoenixville, PA., Sept. 6, 2012 – The Subaru Road Racing Team (SRRT) travels to Monterey, Calif. this weekend to compete in the ninth round of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Having been over a month since their last race, SRRT has put the time to good use preparing for the final two events of their season. SRRT will travel first to Monterey before heading back east to the season-closer at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.
Team drivers Andrew "A.J." Aquilante and Bret Spaude are set to contest both events with their #35 Subaru Impreza WRX STI in the Grand Sports class of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC).
The team's season so far has been highlighted by a win at New Jersey Motorsports Park and a third place finish at the Homestead-Miami Speedway round.
"We've run competitive lap times at the four races since our win at NJMP," noted SRRT Principal Joe Aquilante, whose Phoenix Performance crew prepares the Subaru race cars. "Our WRX STI has led a fair amount of race laps this season, and we're shining a positive light on the capabilities of both the Subaru WRX STI and our two team drivers."
Added James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc., "As much as every race in this championship is important, these last two rounds of the season will be pivotal for our program in an effort to regain momentum and propel us into next season. Our team has developed the #35 SRRT WRX STI into a legitimate championship contender, and our focus will be to capitalize on its available performance, keep our pit stops tidy, and optimize the pit stop strategies made available to us."
This weekend's race, on a 2.238-mile road course, will see practice and qualifying on Friday and Saturday, Sept.7-8, with the 2 ½-hour race taking the green flag Saturday at 5:30pm ET.
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.