Andrew Aquilante, of Phoenixville, Pa., has defended an SCCA National Championship for the second time this week, repeating in GT-2 at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs on Saturday in a route. Spencer Trenery, of Berkeley, Calif., and Mark Boden, Winnetka, Ill., ran second and third at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Aquilante drove his No. 36 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier/Hawk Chevrolet Corvette to the race’s fast lap of 1:30.267 (89.255 mph) on lap two, opening up a gap that would only grow as the race went on. The now five-time National Champion covered the 20-lap race in 30:33.904 for a 87.865 mph average on his way to a 26.561-second margin of victory. It’s his second Championship at the 2014 Runoffs and fourth in two years, following his also successful defense of his Touring 1 crown.
“It feels pretty good,” Aquilante said. “You try not to look at the record book and say I want to win this many, because each championship has things that have to come together. I hate to say it, but luck is a part of it. Even here, the low voltage light came on with five to go, and so you never quite know if you’re going to make the end of the race over something stupid.
“We’re a family organization, we’re a small organization, and we’re real tight knit. I spent the last three weeks building this car, and it’s for one of our customers, John Yarosz. I have to thank him for letting me use it. It feels really good in that sense, and it’s a proud achievement to come at it from both sides.”