Article published by Racer Magazine.
PWC: Calvert Dynamics announces program with Porsche 991 GT3R and GT3 Cup
The 2015 PWC season featured Phoenix American Motorsports and Calvert Dynamics powering to the 2015 GTS Team Championship and contributing to Ford’s Manufacturer Championship, with three drivers, and wins by teammates Andrew Aquilante and Kurt Rezzetano. Together, Aquilante and Rezzetano achieved 12 podiums, and 29 top-10 finishes out of 34 starts, all while acting as both drivers and crew chief/technicians for their own cars. Preston Calvert drove in both GTS and GT Cup Classes, earning rookie of the year honors in GTS and finishing fifth in the GT Cup standings.
Davis comes off a 2015 campaign that saw him co-drive the championship-winning car in the GS class of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Championship. The Athens, Ga. resident has an extensive history with Porsche, winning the 2011 Rolex GT championship for the German manufacturer. The team has also retained race engineer Joe La Joie, who worked with Davis on the Brumos Porsche 911 which won that 2011 title.
“I am extremely honored to be a part of this exciting new program with Calvert Dynamics and Phoenix Performance, and I would like to start by thanking Preston Calvert and Joe Aquilante for this amazing opportunity,” said Davis. “My relationship as a driver coach for Preston last season gave me the opportunity to see the product that the Pirelli World Challenge series puts out on the racetrack, and I must say that it’s quite impressive. The FIA GT3 homologated cars are absolute beasts! When you add top-level teams and drivers into the mix, the result is an appealing series for everyone involved. It’s going to be a sharp learning curve, but I am confident because we’ve assembled an all-star crew to get the job done.”
Calvert scored a pair of season-best fourth-places finishes in 2015 driving the Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car, with strong performances on street circuits.
“In the course of competing in the GT Cup class with a 991 GT3 Cup car in 2015, the team had a chance to gain experience with this well-developed racing car platform, and was impressed with its performance and well-known reliability, and with the support provided by Porsche Motorsport North America,” said Calvert. “The new Porsche 991 GT3-R is a very exciting update of the successful FIA GT3 car that has been performing well in the GT class of PWC in its previous-generation form.”
The team begins track testing in February, ahead of the Pirelli World Challenge season-opening weekend at the Circuit of The Americas, March 3-6. Entries will be fielded out of Phoenix’s shop in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and overseen by Joe Aquilante. Along with Calvert Dynamics and Phoenix Performance, sponsors of the 2016 program include Brett King Design and Boys Republic.