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Two in One Day for Aquilante with GT-2 Runoffs Victory

 

Two in One Day for Aquilante with GT-2 Runoffs Victory

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 29, 2017) – The opening day of the 2017 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs® at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was pretty good for Andrew Aquilante.  To start the day, he became the first-ever winner of a Runoffs event at Indianapolis with a dominant performance in the Touring 1 class.  Then to close out the day, he mirrored his morning performance with an impressive victory in the GT-2 class, making that eight Runoffs wins for the driver from Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.

Aquilante held the fastest GT-2 qualifying times all week on the 15-turn, 2.592-mile road circuit.  At the start of the race, he easily moved into the lead. The No. 88 Dublin Mazda/Hoosier Mazda RX-8 of Taz Harvey fell into second with Preston Calvert in the No. 77 Phoenix/Hoosier/Hawk Chevrolet Corvette applying a massive amount of pressure.

By the end of the first lap, Aquilante already had a four-second lead.  He stormed on, unchallenged, for a 33-second GT-2 win in his No. 33 Phoenix/Hoosier/Hawk/Varsity Chevrolet Corvette.

“It’s pretty cool to win two races in one day at Indianapolis,” Aquilante admitted. “While this track layout, on paper, looks pretty easy, it’s not.  It’s pretty challenging. It’s a lot of work, but it’s really satisfying to do what we do. And I’m pretty happy to do what we did.”

Behind Aquilante, Harvey and Calvert where duking it out.  Using every inch of the track, even the curbs, Calvert was trying everything to get by Harvey.  On the second lap, Calvert got by and set off to try and catch Aquilante.  However, he knew that was a tall order. So, he was happy with a runner-up position.

“Unless Andrew is in an inferior car, I will never beat him,” a humble and gracious Calvert noted.  “There are very few people in this business right now who can both build a car and drive the car at the level that Andrew and Kurt Rezzetano can.  And I am blessed to have both of those guys in the team I drive with, and they are very generous with their knowledge.”

While Aquilante and Calvert where clicking off laps, a fantastic fight was raging for the third and final spot on the podium.  Harvey faded and in his place came Jonathan Start in the No. 51 Kalin Const/Hoosier/Encore/G-Loc Dodge Viper ACR-X, Tom Patton in the No. 50 Hoosier Race Tires/RedLineOil Sunbeam Tiger, and the No. 44 Engineered Components Company Dodge Viper of Adam Andretti.  Those three waged war for several laps until Andretti finally found his way clear.

With time running out, Andretti caught a glimpse of Calvert’s car down the track.  Calvert had dialed back his driving to conserve equipment, and traffic was starting to impact lap times.  Seeing a chance to improve his position on the podium, Andretti took a stab at Calvert.

“Once I looked in the rearview mirror and didn’t have any threat there, I put my head down and really started to attack to try and catch Preston, fill his mirrors up.  Traffic really helped out to close that gap,” Andretti said after the race.  “My opportunity came to go three-wide around Turn 4 on the outside, and traded a little paint with Preston.  But I drove off the track and mowed a little grass for the Speedway.”

Patton finished in the fourth position, and Smart rounded out the top-five finishers.

The Sunoco Hard Charger award went to No. 40 Richard Ruckh who started 33rd and finished 25th in his Amsoil Chevrolet Camaro.

The 54th SCCA National Championship Runoffs, the Pinnacle of American Motorsports, crowns Sports Car Club of America’s Road Racing National Champions this year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway from Friday, September 29 through Sunday, Oct 1.

While the live broadcast of all 28 National Championships is available at SCCA.com and Motor Trend OnDemand, each race will be on demand in the coming weeks.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Provisional results for Friday’s GT-2 race at the 54th SCCA National Championship Runoffs from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with finish position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.

Article Courtesy of SCCA.com. Click here for the full article and race recap.

 

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First-Ever Indy Runoffs Win Goes to Andrew Aquilante in Touring 1

First-Ever Indy Runoffs Win Goes to Andrew Aquilante in Touring 1

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 29, 2017) – Andrew Aquilante became the first driver ever to win an SCCA National Championship Runoffs race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Friday morning.  For Aquilante, this is his seventh Runoffs victory.  But taking the win at Indianapolis in Touring 1 (T1) is something special.

“It’s pretty cool to do this at Indy and be the first guy to win a National Championship at Indy,” Aquilante said after the race while sitting in his No. 33 Phoenix/Hoosier/Hawk/Penske Ford.  “This is a bit of redemption for last year at Mid-Ohio.”

Aquilante, from Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, led the 21-car T1 field to the green flag after a dominant performance all week in qualifying.  But in Turn 1, Ross Murray drove around Aquilante on the outside in his No. 84 Complete Perf Motorsports/Hoosier Dodge Viper ACR-X to take the lead.

“I didn’t have a plan at the start, was just pretty much rolling with the punches,” said Murray, the defending T1 Runoffs champion. “Somehow, I got a little bit of an advantage going into one.  But I had the outside line and had to give Andrew room, so I was slow for the next corner.”

Aquilante established himself in the lead from that point and simply never looked back.  By race’s end, Aquilante had a 17-second advantage on Murray in second place.  Mark Boden, in the No. 47 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW, finished third about 28 seconds back.  But while Aquilante had a comfortable lead, he wasn’t necessarily comfortable up front as a racer’s mind can start to play games.

“It felt like everything was starting to shake and make some noises,” Aquilante said.  “I just thought, ‘c’mon, let’s not do this right now!’”

 

Article courtesy of SCCA.com. Click here to read to full article and recap.

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Ford ruins Camaro GT4 debut in Pirelli World Challenge GTS race in St. Pete

Andrew Aquilante

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Ford ruins Camaro GT4 debut in Pirelli World Challenge GTS race in St. Pete

DANIEL MANCINELLI SCORES UPSET BY PUTTING FERRARI 488 GT3 ON POLE

MARCH 10, 2017

Andrew Aquilante, in a grandfathered-in Ford  Mustang Boss 302R, spoiled  the debut of the brand-new Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R in Friday’s Pirelli World Challenge GTS race, the season opener for the World Challenge series, and the opening race for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weekend.

Lawson Aschenbach had qualified the Camaro on the pole for Blackdog Speed Shop, but the tough Mustang from Phoenix Performance, the Aquilante family team, took the lead early in the race and never gave it up, as the race went caution-free. Jade Buford, in the Racer’s Edge Sin R1 GT4, took third place, after a strong fourth-place qualifying session. Finishing fourth was the Flying Lizard Porsche Cayman GT4, followed by the KTM X-Bow GT4 of Martin Barkey.

The PWC GTS class is one of the most eclectic groups of cars you’ll find on the course at the same time. The Sin R1 GT4, for instance, is a racer designed in Bulgaria but built in the U.K., powered by a Chevrolet 6.2-liter LS3 V-8. The KTM X-Bow (pronounce it “crossbow”) is a track-day car the motorcycle maker introduced in 2007, and began building a year later. The Ginetta G55 is a British race car that has been around since 2011. The PWC has managed to adjust all these oddballs to race against more pedestrian vehicles, such as the comparatively familiar McLaren 570S GT4.

Read more: http://autoweek.com/article/other-racing-column/ford-ruins-camaro-gt4-debut-pirelli-world-challenge-gts-race-st-pete#ixzz4bKkTs6JA

 

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Aquilante Scores 2nd St. Pete Victory With Mustang and Local Crew in GTS Action

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2nd Straight Year that a Mustang dominates GTS Class at St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Andrew Aquilante’s double wins at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Case-It enjoyed a local flair after another dominating performance in the GTS division’s 50-minute sprint race with the No. 32 Phoenix Performance Ford Mustang Boss 302 at the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit near the St. Pete harborside.

All Pirelli World Challenge results are provisional until the stewards review and technical inspection are completed.

Aquilante of Chester Springs, Penn., recruited a team of three local St. Pete area residents to assist himself and his father, Joe, in the paddock this weekend for the two GTS events and the combination proved to be a winner after Andrew took the lead on lap three of the 34-lap feature and posted a 1.598-second win over Lawson Aschenbach of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in the No. 10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R and 16-year-old Parker Chase of New Braunsfels, Tex., in the No. 19 Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta G55.

Aquilante, who finished second to Michael Cooper in the 2015 GTS point championship, showed that the reliable Ford Mustang Boss 302 was the “horse for course” machine after a second consecutive double GTS win for the “Blue Oval” at St. Petersburg. Last year, Jack Roush Jr., captured both GTS main events in the Ford Mustang Boss 302.

On Saturday, Aquilante started from the pole but lost the top spot in turn one to Aschenbach, who was debuting the new Chevy Camaro GT4.R in PWC action. On lap three, Andrew slid his older model Ford past the two-time GTS champion for the lead and Aquilante managed to hold off the pressure from Aschenbach to take another checkered flag in the 80-plus degree weather.

“The track was pretty good today, a little bit faster than yesterday since it was a little bit cooler out,” said Aquilante. “Lawson (Aschenbach) started pouring it on when we only had five laps to go and I thought ‘oh boy’ and actually a lap or two before that I started missing shifts and rowing through the gear box so I had to slow that down a little bit. That let (Aschenbach) creep up and get a little closer, and I was waiting for him. The (local) crew guys have all been crew guys on our team before. It all came together and they all wanted to do it. I have to thank Rob Edwards, who used to be a St. Pete firefighter and worked this race years ago and has been part of our team for over five years, and Jason Vanjune, who lives down here and has been a part of our team for the past few years, and Drew Dale, who’s been part of the team for the past three years. It was a really fun weekend.”

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Calvert Dynamics Opens the New Year First in Florida

Jan. 20 2017

Sebring, FL – Every New Year brings new opportunities, and for many racers, those start in Florida at the traditional Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Winter Majors.  The new 2017 Hoosier Super Tour circuit for the SCCA also began at Sebring’s Majors event.

Calvert Dynamics broke in a new Porsche 991 GT3-R with driver Preston Calvert in the GT-1 class over the Florida Majors events, taking home a win in the rain at Homestead, and a second place the next day to former National Champion Michael Lewis in his Jaguar.

That second place result was later negated by a mistake on the pace lap for points in the standings, unfortunately.  Saturday’s result was the first win by an FIA GT3 homologated car in the SCCA’s GT-1 class, competing against traditional GT-1 and Trans-Am TA cars with 300 to 350 more horsepower.  The SCCA had made the FIA GT3 cars eligible for GT-1 competition in 2014, but few had participated in the class up to this point.

As is the tradition, the opening year events take place on back-to-back weekends in Florida, with racers from all over the country looking forward to sun and palm trees.  Pulling “double duty” in GT-1 and T-2 with Phoenix Performance, Calvert returned to the familiar seat of the Porsche 991 GT3-R, a new 2017 chassis the team acquired late in 2016 to replace its former car that was severely damaged last August in a fire while practicing for the Pirelli World Challenge Utah Motorsports Campus SprintX events.

“The new 2017 GT3 car is identical to the 2016 chassis, but with all the cumulative updates that we had applied to that chassis over the course of the year.  We brought race engineer Stefan Pfeiffer with us to Homestead and Sebring to help with car setup, and I had the able support of GT3-R crew chief Kurt Rezzetano and his detailed knowledge of the car as well.  The GT3-R was amazing in the very wet race on Saturday at Homestead, and but for some mistakes on my part on Sunday, might have been at the front again.”  said Calvert.

The next weekend at Sebring, Calvert was second in the running order at the finish on Saturday, but was moved back four spots due the consequences of an inadvertent pass under yellow for the second position.  On Sunday, he passed for the lead on the next to last turn, but was repassed by the eventual winner, settling for second place.

In the T-2 class Calvert took his No. 77 Ford Mustang to four victories – in both races at the Homestead road course and the tricky and historic 17-turn Sebring. The strong performance was just what Calvert needed, setting him up for an invite to the SCCA National Championship Runoffs later this year which will be run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; giving Calvert a chance for the 2017 T2 National title at the most iconic road course on the planet.

“My trusty Phoenix Performance Mustang GT ran very well in every race over the two weekends.  Many thanks to Ben VanDyke, Kurt Rezzetano and Andrew Aquilante for their efforts to make the car consistently fast and reliable.  My Hoosier tires were a great asset in every race.” Calvert added.

Calvert Dynamics will be making a news announcement on its 2017 pro racing program in the near future.

#About Calvert Dynamics##

Calvert Dynamics, LLC is focused on human factors and medical issues in motorsports. This emphasis especially includes visual attention and visual processing that determine driver performance. In addition, Calvert Dynamics promotes awareness of the importance of minor traumatic brain injury in motorsports performance and driver well-being.

## About Phoenix Performance ##

Phoenix Performance is a performance tuner, providing maintenance, tuning and diagnostic services for foreign and domestic cars and trucks, as well as performance upgrades and tuning for street and track cars. The PWC race team occupies part of the 32,000 square-foot race shop, which is located 30 miles west of downtown Philadelphia. Since 1999, Phoenix Performance has prepared over 35 SCCA Runoff winning national championship cars for customers.

Read the full press release from CalvertDynamics.

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Double Victory for Calvert and Lewis in SprintX Debut

Tooele, UT- A day after an oil fire left the No. 77 Porsche GT3R in ruins at Utah Motorsports Campus, Calvert Dynamics took the overall victory in Pirelli World Challenge’s SprintX race on Saturday afternoon, with Michael Lewis executing a last-lap pass after a charge in the late stages of the race after taking over from Preston Calvert. A day later, Calvert took over from Lewis and scored the win, as the Phoenix Performance prepped team swept the SprintX weekend in Utah after a devastating fire on Friday sidelined the team’s entry for Andrew Davis and Calvert.

Coming off his debut in Pirelli World Challenge’s GTA class, Calvert was set to team with Andrew Davis for their debut in the SprintX class, which features a pro/am driver combination, 60-minute races and a required driver change. At the same time, Calvert was planning to run the GTA races and the team was preparing a second car, as usual, for Michael Lewis who was hoping to build on his Mid-Ohio results after a mid-season switch to the Calvert Dynamics team.

The story would change on Friday when an oil fire saw Davis scramble from a burning Porsche. While Davis tried to put the fire out and was without injury, it rendered the car out of commission for the weekend, and brought the potential Calvert would not race at all.

“It was such an emotional weekend for our Calvert Dynamics squad. All started as planned, as we were working through set up plans in the No. 76 Porsche GT3-R. The car was feeling good, and I was very optimistic about our chances to win the upcoming SprintX races,” said Davis.

“Unfortunately, during the second Sprint X practice session we suffered a massive fire that caused serious damage to the car. I had no warnings from inside the car before the fire erupted, and I did everything in my power to get the car to a location where I could get some help. It was such a helpless feeling as I waited for help to arrive.”

Calvert said: “Our weekend plans turned upside down, when our friend and co-driver Andrew Davis barely escaped serious injury when a catastrophic oil fire destroyed the Porsche GT3-R during a SprintX practice session. The source of the oil that caused the fire is still being investigated by Porsche engineers, but the car sustained such extensive fire damage that it will require replacement. We were mainly relieved that Andrew Davis was uninjured, but we were all also just devastated by the loss of our primary team GTA car.”

That changed with an offer later in the day, as Lewis and his car owner suggested the young racer pair with Calvert and take on the SprintX challenge on short notice.

Calvert started the race, challenging for the lead in turn one, and handed over the Porsche to Lewis during the required pit window. Lewis would strap in and waste no time, charging on the race-leading Porsche and without any time left, taking over the race lead on the last lap to win the third SprintX round of the 2016 season.

“On Saturday, I had a good start, but recoiled from possible contact during a three-car wide situation in Turn 1, and ended up in fifth position by Turn 2,” Calvert continued. “Over the next several laps, I was able to catch up and make passes to sit in P3 at the driver change pit stop. When Michael was able to pass Kuno on the last lap to take the win, we were speechless in the pit box at this result of his determination and excellent race craft. The experience of winning my first pro race was truly memorable, and gratifying after the previous day’s events. Its effect on our team morale was palpable.”

A day later, the format would change, with Lewis starting the race and Calvert taking over the race-leading car mid-way through the afternoon race. It would be a flawless drive from Calvert, who managed the car, tires and race lead to score his second victory in two days.

” Michael had set fast lap in our first SprintX race as well, so he started that second race on pole as well, and jumped out to a commanding lead before the driver change stop. I had some trouble with one of the belts on the stop, and managed to give up much of the time advantage he had achieved. However, I was able to hold off Michael Mills and Dion Von Moltke in a BMW and Audi respectively, for the second win,” Calvert said.

In the GT class, Lewis finished down the order in race one with a spin putting him two laps down – but setting the race’s fast lap meant pole for race two, and coming home in fourth place at the 3.048-mile circuit on a surprisingly busy weekend for the Laguna Beach-based driver.

“It was an emotional weekend for the Calvert Dynamics team. Everyone banded together and adapted amazingly well to situations that were thrown at us during the weekend. At the end of it, we scored a fourth place in the GT Race 2 with a pole for that race as well, and two victories in both SprintX races,” said Lewis. “After GT Race 1 and its qualifying not going the way we wanted, we stayed calm and focused on the remaining parts of the weekend. My teammate Preston Calvert drove extremely well in both Sprint X races to help our team get those victories. There were tears of joy from the crew after those wins. It was a pleasure to race with Preston, last minute, and to score a fourth in the GT race for everyone who put their sweat and tears into this program.”

Davis, while disappointed about missing his SprintX debut, said he was happy to see the team succeed in Utah in such a dominant fashion.

Calvert said he hopes to have continued success at the next SprintX rounds at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in October.

Article Courtesy of Calvert Dynamics.

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Calvert Wins SprintX Race 2 in Utah

Photo: Brian Cleary/BCPix.com

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Preston Calvert held off a late charge from Dion von Moltke to claim victory in Sunday’s Pirelli World Challenge SprintX round, sweeping the weekend for his Calvert Dynamics team at Utah Motorsports Campus.

Calvert crossed the line 5.215 seconds ahead of the No. 23 M1 GT Racing Audi R8 LMS of von Moltke, in a race that saw a hard-fought battle between Calvert and Michael Mills in the closing stages of the 60-minute race.

A slow pit stop for the No. 98 Porsche 911 GT3 R, which had seen co-driver Michael Lewis open up a 16-second lead over the No. 46 Mills Racing BMW Z4 GT3 of Kuno Wittmer, was reduced to just four seconds following the driver change.

Calvert then came under attack from Mills, who ultimately spun his BMW with 10 minutes to go, while trying to get around the Phoenix Performance-run Porsche for the lead, giving Calvert clear sailing to the end.

It marked Calvert and Lewis’ second SprintX win in as many races, with von Moltke finishing second, after making up more than 15 seconds in his closing stint.

Mills and Wittmer were relegated to third, after Mills’ late-race spin, ahead of the No. 14 GMG Racing Porsche of Brent Holden and Jame Sofronas in fourth.

TRG-AMR scored a 1-2 finish in GTS, led by the No. 07 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 of Max Riddle and Kris Wilson.

Riddle took the lead following the round of pit stops, after a strong opening stint by the No. 09 Aston of Derek DeBoer, who passed the No. 54 Racers Edge Motorsports SIN R1 GT4 of Scott Heckert for the top spot at the 15-minute mark.

It also marked a weekend sweep for the Kevin Buckler-led team, but with each of its cars claiming class wins.

Parker Chase and Harry Gottsacker completed the GTS class podium in third, in a late addition to the grid in their No. 29 Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta G55 GT4.

Read the full article and listen to an interview with Preston Calvert at SportsCar365.com.

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Calvert: “We Turned It Around in a Way We Were All Stunned By”

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Twenty-four hours after seeing his car nearly burn to the ground, Preston Calvert celebrated on the top step of the podium, earning his first career professional victory, in a dramatic swing of events, and emotions, for the Calvert Dynamics team owner/driver.

Calvert teamed with Michael Lewis for victory in Saturday’s Pirelli World Challenge SprintX round at Utah Motorsports Campus, in what was a late entry after its No. 77 Porsche 911 GT3 R sustained a massive fire in practice on Friday.

While initially entered for Rounds 3 and 4 of the SprintX season with Calvert and Andrew Davis, the Phoenix Performance-run team swapped cars to Lewis’ No. 98 entry, which was originally tabbed for the Sprint races only.

“First we were in shock,” Calvert said of the fire. “We were worried about Andrew and then realized he was out of the car. Then we had the shock of having a beloved race car go up in smoke. That was a really tough day.

“But I think we all went home and realized that’s racing. We came back and got an offer from Michael to drive SprintX with him. We all decided that we were going to have a better day tomorrow.”

A better day did indeed arrive, in a dramatic last-lap victory that saw Lewis close a nearly 30-second deficit on the No. 46 Mills Racing BMW Z4 GT3 of Kuno Wittmer in the final half hour of the race.

“We were clicking it down,” Calvert said. “We were sitting there doing math in our heads trying to figure out how many laps we had left.

“Michael was closing pretty quickly. We were pretty sure he’d get close but when he was able to be right behind the Mills car coming out of Turn 15, we thought this could be it.

“We were overjoyed. I think everyone was close to tears because of the turnaround for us.”

The victory not only marked Calvert’s first in top-level sports car racing, but also the maiden PWC GT victory for the Phoenix Performance-run team, led by father-and-son Joe and Andrew Aquilante, as well as car chief  Kurt Rezzetano.

After multiple seasons in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and moving to PWC GTS and GT Cup competition last year, the small, tight-knit organization expanded to the GT class this year, where it was faced with challenges of its own.

Davis initially struggled with the new-for-2016 Porsche 911 GT3 R, but a recent turnaround, coupled with the addition of a second car for Lewis, has helped put the team in position to win.

However, as Calvert admits, Friday’s misfortunes threw everyone for a unexpected turn, but nothing they weren’t able to quickly overcome.

“I know from experience with our team that we’re a very resilient group and know how to deal with adversity,” he said. “But this was about as big and adverse as we’ve dealt with.

“But we found a way to move forward overnight. With some decent execution on my part and incredible driving on Michael’s part, I think we have turned it around in a way we’re all stunned by.”

Calvert, meanwhile, has high remarks about the new SprintX format, which has again drawn a reduced field this weekend, but could have a promising long-term potential.

The possibility of integrating SprintX and the existing Sprint series into a combined championship has been proposed, a concept Calvert feels would help grow the grid.

“I think it’s a very appealing format,” he said. “When it’s a core part of the points yielding portion of the series, I think people adopt it willingly. We’ve seen it makes for really great racing.

“We definitely would like to do some SprintX races [next year] and there are some Sprint races we like as well. We haven’t completely formulated our plan.

“Part of it that we need to get another car. We will work with Porsche to try and make that happen.”

For now, though, Calvert is focused on the task at hand in Utah, and that’s going for a weekend sweep, as he and Lewis seek victory in Race 2 this afternoon.

“It’s a wonderful feeling and we’re hoping to see if we can lather, rinse and repeat [today],” he said.

Original article published at SportsCar365.com.

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Calvert Set for SprintX Debut and GT Programs in Utah

Calvert Set for SprintX Debut and GT Programs in Utah

August 10, 2016

Phoenixville, PA – Calvert Dynamics will make its SprintX debut in the Pirelli World Challenge this weekend at Utah Motorsports Campus. Preston Calvert and Andrew Davis will share the driving duties in a Phoenix Performance prepared Porsche 911 GT3R, while Calvert will also mark his second weekend in GTA competition and Michael Lewis will run the No. 98 in the GT class.

SprintX will throw a new curveball to the team for their debut in the class, which features 60-minute long races featuring a driver change. Each entry has a pro/am driver lineup, with a pit stop required to change drivers and up to one tire between the 25- and 35-minute mark of the race, leading to plenty of strategy among pit lane.

“I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of our Calvert Dynamics Porsche GT3R for SprintXs,” said Davis. “My favorite aspect of these races is that I am able to share the driving duties with Preston. We have been looking for an opportunity to drive together for the last couple years, and now is our chance. It’s going to be our first go at the exciting new format of Pirelli World Challenge racing, so we will be studying hard to find the optimal approach to strategy”

Calvert added: “The format of the SprintX races over a weekend will give me a chance to be both the starting and finishing driver in the car, which will be valuable experience. My main previous experience driving in an endurance format was competing for Phoenix American Motorsports in IMSA Continental GS class in 2014 with Kurt Rezzetano, where I learned the basics of this racing style.

“I especially look forward to joining with Andrew Davis to drive the SprintX races in GT class,”Calvert continued. “Andrew Davis is one of the fastest and most experienced GT drivers in the country, and has so much experience in both sprint and endurance racing from which I can learn. It is a great privilege to be his co-driver.”

For strategy, decision-making will come down to team bosses Andrew and Joe Aquilante, along with Stefan Pfeiffer, race engineer.

Teams will get two opportunities to show off their strategy skill set, with SprintX races scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday.

“”The timing of pit stops is guided by a simple algorithm within the mandated 10 minute stop window. Our crew prides itself on quick and precise over-the-wall performance, so we are all excited by the opportunity to practice these skills again,” said Calvert.

Calvert will be busy, also racing in both GT/GTA/GT Cup rounds in Utah, where he hopes to build on his fourth place effort at Mid-Ohio two weeks ago in the No. 77 Porsche.

Michael Lewis closed out the Mid-Ohio weekend with a run to a sixth place result in the No. 98 Porsche, and hopes to move onto podium results heading into a double-header for the GT classes in Utah.

“Utah Motorsports Campus is a fast and flowing track. The way the turns are combined really provides for some nice racing on the track,” said Lewis.”There is also the large front straightaway which makes things interesting. We look forward to tuning our Porsche and getting everything out of the driver, crew, and engineer. Each of us doing our part will put us in the best position to succeed. I’m looking forward to racing up in the altitude and getting right back into racing after our short break.”

 

Article courtesy of CalvertDynamics.

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VIDEO: Ride on Board with Preston Calvert at Mid-Ohio