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Calvert Dynamics Building Pace Heading for Lime Rock

19-22 May 2016, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
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Lakeville, CT – An encouraging, solid weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for Calvert Dynamics is being followed by a quick-turnaround, as the two-car Pirelli World Challenge team will look to conquer Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park this weekend in a pair of Porsches piloted by sports car ace Andrew Davis and Preston Calvert.

For Davis, who anchors the team’s GT effort in the No. 76 Porsche 911 GT3-R, the weekend at CTMP produced finishes in a very tight and competitive field. His run on Sunday was hindered by contact from another car that significantly damaged the right-rear wheel on his Phoenix Performance prepared Porsche. Despite the hiccup, Davis soldiered home to a top ten finish.

“I pushed hard in our Calvert Dynamics Porsche Porsche GT3-R all weekend. We made improvements with the car each session, but simply missed the mark a little bit during qualifying. We were expecting more, but we were relegated to mid pack on the starting grid. I was able to make up positions in both races and secure two top ten finishes for the team,” said Davis. “I’m certainly not satisfied with the ultimate results, but I feel that we made the best with what we had at this event. This team deserves better results, so we will be pushing very hard to move up the standings in the upcoming events.

Davis hopes to capitalize on his pace at Lime Rock, a short and aggressive natural terrain road course, at which Porsche has a long history of race wins and sports car success.

Memorial Day weekend at the circuit has become a rite of passage for Northeastern race fans, who pack the facility for the weekend for a party-like atmosphere.

“The Memorial Day event at Lime Rock is such a historic event. I’ve run it myself multiple times, but I also remember watching it on television with my father when I was just a little guy,” said Davis. “Porsche was a long history of success at Lime Rock, so I’m optimistic that we will have our Calvert Dynamics Porsche GT3-R running strong at the event.”

The team’s second car, driven in the GT Cup class by Calvert, enjoyed two solid runs at the tricky CTMP course in Ontario. The No. 77 was unable to repeat its podium form seen at Barber or St. Petersburg, but Calvert hopes to return to trophy-acquiring status this weekend, and currently sits third in the GT Cup point standings.

“We will move on to Lime Rock Park this week with some improvements in handling setup, and hopes of better finishes for both cars. Lime Rock is a classic rhythm track, with a sub minute lap time. For the driver it is a constant roller coaster ride,” added Calvert.

After racing on Sunday afternoon at CTMP, the Calvert Dynamics and Phoenix Performance team packed up and drove straight to Lime Rock, loading in on Monday evening. Tuesday followed with traditional afternoon testing. The weekend will be a quick one, with a two-day format and races on Friday and Saturday afternoons with live coverage on world-challenge.com.

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Davis and Calvert Ready for CTMP Battle

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Phoenixville, PA – One of the most challenging tracks in North America will greet Calvert Dynamics drivers Andrew Davis and Preston Calvert with this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly known as Mosport). The team’s Phoenix Performance prepared GT and GT Cup Porsche entries are heading north of the boarder to Bowmanville, Ontario, where each driver will race twice around the famed circuit.

The event weekend, running from May 19-22, will see rounds eight and nine for the GT Championship, while GT Cup competitors will run rounds seven and eight of its 2016 season.

Calvert, driving the No. 77 entry, has solidly worked his way into third in the GT Cup points Championship, with three podiums in six starts, with 13 races remaining.

“As we head to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the Calvert Dynamics team is looking to capitalize on our learning curve over the first four race weekends, and our recent NJMP test,” said Calvert. “We know our car can be a front runner, and our GT driver, Andrew Davis, is capable of moving us into that position. We need to do a better job of giving him the best tool for his job, and our entire team is focused on that goal.

“Mosport is a fast, classically designed track, with large elevation changes and sweeping turns. The climb up the back straight after Moss corner is a prolonged engine dyno pull and aerodynamic test. We look forward to the challenge of performing well there,” Calvert added.

Davis returned to form with a strong points-scoring performance at Barber Motorsports Park in April, and hopes to continue his progress and build upon past strong finishes at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

“I feel that we are learning more each event with our Calvert Dynamics Porsche GT3-R. Barber was another reminder at the level of competition in the Pirelli World Challenge series. We had a great car, but just missed the mark a little bit,” said Davis. “With valuable data gathered from that event, we moved onto a successful test at New Jersey Motorsports Park in preparation for the next round at CTMP. We are ready to take the fight to the fierce competition, and score some more valuable points to move us up in the championship standings.”

Regarding the track, Davis added: “To call the circuit a thrill ride is an understatement. High speeds and unprecedented elevation changes make it one of the most challenging tracks on our schedule. The fans in the area are so passionate about racing. I always love the energy and enthusiasm that they bring to the events.”

While the CTMP event runs from Friday to Sunday, it will be a quick turnaround for Calvert Dynamics, as the next event is at Lime Rock Park, May 27-28.

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Calvert Dynamics Ready for Long Beach

April 13, 2016

Phoenixville, PA – Palm trees and the iconic corners of Long Beach are set to greet Calvert Dynamics and driver Andrew Davis this weekend at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Long Beach, a single-class event for the World Challenge GT field on the street circuit in Southern California.

Davis is coming off a string of solid finishes at Circuit of the Americas and St. Petersburg as the team develops its Calvert Dynamics Porsche GT3R supported by Phoenix Performance. The spotlights will be turned up a bit at Long Beach, with a massive crowd expected and the Pirelli World Challenge’s debut of a live TV broadcast on CBS Sports Network for the race, scheduled for Sunday April 17 at 2:00 p.m. eastern.

“As the Calvert Dynamics team heads to the Long Beach Grand Prix, we expect to build on the experience of the first two rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge GT season,” said team principal Preston Calvert, who also drives the team’s GT Cup entry and will be back in action at Barber Motorsports Park later this month. “We‘ve learned a great deal about the setup requirements of the car for the very different circuits at COTA and St. Petersburg, which should help us at Long Beach. Our goal has always been to qualify and race well, and aim for a podium finish.  With the team working tirelessly during the schedule break and Andrew Davis as our driver, we are ready to bring our efforts to the next level.  We look forward to the great fan interest in and the fun atmosphere of the Long Beach Grand Prix.”

Sports car ace Davis is acclimating to the aggressive environment of the Pirelli World Challenge, and working his way up the time sheets while bringing home important points in a season-long campaign.

“This will be my first Long Beach Grand Prix,” Davis said. “I’ve dreamed about competing in this event since I was a little boy, so I’m beyond excited to get the season back underway at such a historic American race.

“Moving into the next round at the Long Beach Grand Prix, we’re focused on continued improvement as we get closer to maximizing the performance of both our team and the car,” Davis continued. “This event will be very challenging due to the very limited track time that we will get over the course of the weekend.  We have to make quick work of optimizing the balance of the car in the short practice sessions leading up to qualifying.  There will be tremendous battles throughout the competitive field just as at St. Pete.  So, we need to get our Porsche up to the top of the qualifying order to help control the outcome of the race and bring home a strong finish.  I’ve been very impressed and grateful for the effort put forth by the entire Calvert Dynamics team, and I feel confident that we will be in position to post up our best finish to date once the checkered flag flies on the race.”

 

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Calvert Logs First Podium on Streets of St. Pete

March 16, 2016

St. Petersburg, FL – Preston Calvert marked his best finish in Pirelli World Challenge competition with a third place run to his first podium on Saturday in St. Petersburg, repeating the feat a day later in the No. 77 GT Cup Calvert Dynamics Porsche from Phoenix Performance. Teammate Andrew Davis brought home two top ten finishes in a strong GT field, adding important points for his full-season program in the No. 76 entry.

Coming into the weekend, Calvert had put in strong performances on street circuits in 2015, running both the Porsche as well as a GTS Mustang, logging track time and laps. On Saturday, the sophomore World Challenge driver capitalized when others made mistakes, while on Sunday Calvert was able to pass for third on the start and ultimately finished there.

“The biggest difference from last year’s event was my comfort level with the car and the circuit, and that makes it possible to drive it more quickly and consistently in race conditions,” Calvert said.

“I was able to use some small setup changes in the car to drive more quickly, so overall I was about 1.5 seconds quicker this weekend than last year. That allowed me to be more competitive, and I was able to capitalize on a mistake by a competitor in the first race to capture third place and hold on to the finish. In Sunday’s second race, there was an opportunity to make a first turn pass to move into third position.

“I was unfortunately caught up in a large accident among several GT competitors in turn one later in the race that damaged the right front suspension of my car, but by rule I finished third,” Calvert added. “I was glad that my fellow driver Corey Fergus was uninjured in a heavy crash during the race. That was a big concern for us all, but his Porsche protected him from serious injury.”

Spearheading the Calvert Dynamics GT program in the Porsche GT3R, Davis survived two competitive and aggressive Pirelli World Challenge street races that saw plenty of contested real estate between the concrete barriers of the St. Petersburg, Florida street circuit. Doing his own form of double-duty, Davis continues to serve as Calvert’s driving coach.

“It’s hard to express how proud I am to see Preston finally achieve his goal of standing on the PWC podium,” said Davis. “That has been our focus since he began this adventure in his #77 Porsche GT3 Cup, and to accomplish the task so early in the 2016 season really speaks to the effort his is putting into his driving.

“However, racing on street circuits is more like a cage match with contact dominating most of the mid-pack racing.  We showed some great improvements in pace during qualifying missing out on the top spot by just a couple of tenths of a second, yet the competitiveness of the Pirelli World Challenge field meant that was only good enough for the inside of the fourth row,” Davis continued.

“We are still in the process of trying to optimize the performance of our new car, but I spent more time playing bumper cars than I would prefer. In the end we were able to come away with two top 10 finishes in addition to many lessons learned. I’m confident that we will have an even faster car for our next event at the Long Beach Grand Prix, a race that I’ve wanted to compete in since I was a little boy.”

Next up for Davis is the GT-only race on the famous Long Beach circuit in Southern California, April 15-17, with a quick turnaround as the team goes back to its two-car form at Barber Motorsports Park, April 22-24.

Both of the team’s cars were prepared by the Joe Aquilante-led Phoenix Performance, with Andrew Aquilante and Kurt Rezzetano on staff. Of note are crew chief Marshall Mast on the No. 77 and senior technician Jason van Schooten.

“They had my car in the best possible condition for every session,” Calvert noted.

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Davis and Calvert Set for Season Opener at COTA

Feb. 29 2016

Phoenixville, PA – Calvert Dynamics is back for a second season of Pirelli World Challenge competition as the 2016 campaign will begin this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas for Andrew Davis and Preston Calvert in a pair of Phoenix Performance-prepared Porsches.

Davis, a sports car champion, will drive for the team’s new GT program in a recently-delivered Porsche 991 GT3-R. Calvert will be back to improve upon a solid rookie season in the GT Cup category in the No. 77 991 GT3 Cup car. Both drivers are three weeks removed from a successful pre-season shakedown test at Sebring International Raceway.

The cars have been meticulously prepared in Phoenix’s Pennsylvania race facility, and sport a matching car-specific livery set.

Circuit of the Americas opens the season in style, as the flowing road course is the annual host location for the United States Grand Prix.

Although Davis has been racing for nearly two decades, the 38-year-old Lilburn, Georgia resident is making his Pirelli Challenge debut this weekend at COTA.

“I am beyond excited to be making my Pirelli World Challenge debut this weekend at COTA,” said Davis. “Since this is just our first race, we are going to focus on maximizing our performance as a team unit.  We are still in a learning phase, but I feel strongly that the team has put in the work to ensure a competitive package. I have been given a great opportunity this year to spend time behind the wheel of multiple GT3 race cars.  Coming off several days of testing at Sebring International Raceway has certainly got me in the right mindset to make a strong debut at COTA.”

Calvert is coming off a 35 race season in 2015, where he raced both GT Cup and GTS entries for Phoenix American Motorsports. He followed that up with a podium run at the 2015 SCCA Runoffs at Daytona, and also recently contested a number of SCCA Majors events in January in Florida. Calvert will concentrate on his GT Cup Porsche for 2016 and hopes to improve upon his best finish of fourth that came in 2015.

“We come into the first weekend of the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge season at COTA with a brand new GT3 car, and a new configuration of the Calvert Dynamics / Phoenix Performance team personnel,” said Calvert. “We know that Joe Aquilante, Andrew Aquilante and Kurt Rezzetano have both cars fully prepared and ready to take the track on the test day, and the experience we gleaned from our test days at Sebring have given us the opportunity to perform well in this first race weekend.  I’m hopeful that I can improve my times and finishing positions from last year’s races at COTA, as it was my first race weekend in the GT3 Cup car.

“I have the benefit of already knowing the track this year, and many more hours in this car with excellent coaching from Andrew Davis, but the competition in this class is very stiff, with the best GT3 Cup drivers in the country participating, so I have my work cut out for me.”

 

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Racer Magazine – PWC: Calvert Dynamics announces program with Porsche 991 GT3R and GT3 Cup

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PWC: Calvert Dynamics announces program with Porsche 991 GT3R and GT3 Cup

Thursday, 03 December 2015
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Calvert Dynamics has announced a two-car GT and GT Cup 2016 Pirelli World Challenge program, in association with Phoenix Performance. Andrew Davis joins the team in a 2016 Porsche 991 GT3R in the GT class, and Preston Calvert begins his sophomore GT Cup season in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry.

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.

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Team Championship and Second Place Title Run for Phoenix in Pirelli World Challenge

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Salinas, CA. – At the end of 17 GTS rounds and their debut full season in the Pirelli World Challenge, Phoenix American Motorsports won the GTS Team Championship, placed second in drivers points with Andrew Aquilante, and helped seal Ford Performance the Manufacturers Championship in GTS with the aid of Kurt Rezzetano and GTS Rookie of the Year Preston Calvert joining Aquilante in a three car Ford Mustang Boss 302 effort for Calvert Dynamics and Phoenix Performance.

Now those three will turn around and head for the 2015 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Daytona International Speedway, where Aquilante hopes to become a six- or seven-time National Champion, while Rezzetano and Calvert look for their first Runoff titles on the high-speed road course.  They will be joined by team owner Joe Aquilante in a T1 entry at the Runoffs.The weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca capped the Pirelli World Challenge season in style, with a single race in GTS, as well as a single, 50-minute race for Calvert in GT Cup.

The GTS race would see Aquilante consolidate a podium run, finishing third and being the first Mustang on the results sheet after a strong early-race pace.

Coming into the event second in points, the Road America winner needed a win or second place, and bad luck to hit the Championship leader Michael Cooper, to take the title. While Aquilante drove to third, it wasn’t the miracle the team needed to take the drivers’ Championship, but the points haul gifted Phoenix the Team title and helped partner Ford in its Manufacturer Championship bid.

“To come into the Pirelli World Challenge in our first season and finish second in the point standings, I can’t be too disappointed,” said Aquilante. “Our crew did a phenomenal job this year with one victory and to help win the manufacturers championship for Ford is a great feeling too.  The camaraderie between the Ford teams is great in the series. We tried hard this year but didn’t quite have the car.  We were good early in the season, but never the fastest.”

Rezzetano, in the No. 37 entry, completed the top five in points, winning the Optima Batteries Best Standing Start Award for gaining seven positions at the start in the season finale race at Laguna Seca. Rezzetano also won the VP Racing Fuels Hard Charger Award, advancing nine positions during the race to finish 17th.

Among the stats, Aquilante and Rezzetano both won a single GTS race, and the team found the podium at every single GTS weekend with the exception of Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.

Calvert was able to capitalize in the GT Cup race in his No. 77 Porsche entry to take home fifth position in the Championship. Calvert came into the weekend tied in points with fellow racer Mitch Landry, and after a long duel in the race, was able to beat Landry to the checkered flag, finishing eight points in front of him in the Championship.

TV broadcasts from Laguna Seca: On CBS Sports Network Sunday, September 20, 3:30 PM: GT/GTA, GT Cup presented by MOMO. Wednesday, September 23, Time 9 PM: GTS. All times listed Eastern. Times and dates subject to change.

Next up, the Phoenix World Challenge squad heads to the Daytona Runoffs.

Team partners include Calvert Dynamics, Phoenix Performance, Ford Performance, Ron Davis Racing Radiators, Hawk Performance Brakes, Penske Racing Shocks, Brembo Brakes and Go Puck.

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Phoenix’s Sonoma Weekend Highlighted by Aquilante’s Podium

Sept. 1 2015

Sonoma, CA – A four-race effort by Phoenix American Motorsports and Calvert Dynamics in the Pirelli World Challenge at Sonoma was highlighted by a third place run in Sunday’s race for Andrew Aquilante, helping seal the manufacturer’s Championship for Ford Performance, and setting up a Championship showdown in two weeks with a single race at Laguna Seca. In addition, the team continues to lead the team point Championship heading to the season finale.

After losing some Championship ground in Utah, the Phoenix Performance and Calvert Dynamics Ford Mustang Boss 302 of Aquilante bounced back, leaving Sonoma second in points based on fourth and third place drives on the tricky road course.

The No. 32’s podium effort saw Aquilante improve from sixth to third during the morning race on Sunday and spent laps hounding an Aston Martin for second place in the 25-car field.

“Miller (Utah) was definitely the low point of the season,” said Aquilante after Sunday’s race, referring to the previous event held a week prior at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, where he failed to finish in the top five in either race. “Sonoma Raceway is a ton of fun, it reminds me of the tracks out east. The Mustang was pretty good over the bump, that has been where we are strong.”

It was Aquilante’s best finish since a third place drive at Mid-Ohio in round 11.

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Phoenix’s End of Season Assault Starts in Utah

August 18 2015

Phoenixville, PA – Two Pirelli World Challenge weekends back to back featuring four of the five remaining races will be pivotal for the Phoenix American Motorsports and Calvert Dynamics duo of Andrew Aquilante and Kurt Rezzetano, who currently sit one-two in Pirelli World Challenge GTS points. Preston Calvert, meanwhile, defends his fourth place position in the GT Cup class and is within striking distance of third overall.

While Aquilante and Rezzetano sit in front of the GTS field, the points are as tight as ever, as they are trailed closely by fellow Ford Mustang driver Dean Martin as they head into rounds 13 and 14 this coming weekend.

Two races this weekend at the massive Miller Motorsports Park facility outside of Salt Lake City will remind Aquilante and Rezzetano of Elkhart Lake and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – where the team took victories. Both of those tracks featured fast corners and long straights, similar to Miller, which should be a strong point for Phoenix’s trio of Ford Performance entries.

A week after Miller, however, the twisting and tight Sonoma road course will provide a different challenge. With just a handful of days between events, the entire team will need to be cautious and need to take care of equipment – with little room or time for significant repairs.

The two races at Miller will be a crucial setup to the twin billing at Sonoma, which is followed by a weekend off and then the finale – a single race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, where Aquilante sealed a pair of SCCA National Championship Runoffs victories in 2014.

With Rezzetano assuming the points lead after his Canadian Tire Motorsport Park victory in May, and Aquilante stealing it from his teammate after winning at Road America in June, Phoenix has controlled the Championship chase for the better part of the last four months.

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Phoenix Leaves Mid-Ohio with Points Lead as Five Races Remain

August 4 2015

Lexington, OH – Coming off two Pirelli World Challenge weekends with race victories, Andrew Aquilante and Kurt Rezzetano exercised superior patience and brought their cars home, and left Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course first and second in the GTS points. The Phoenix American Motorsports and Calvert Dynamics squad was not able to repeat their race winning ways at the World Challenge GTS twin-billing at Mid-Ohio, but capitalized on points while teammate Preston Calvert again raced double-duty, running in both GTS and GT Cup.

Qualifying for round 11 of the season showed that it may not be a Phoenix weekend, with Aquilante eighth on the grid and Rezzetano completing the top 10 in their pair of Phoenix Performance Ford Mustangs.

With practice, qualifying and round 11 mashed into Friday at Mid-Ohio, there was little time between sessions. Come race time, Aquilante’s No. 32 and Rezzetano’s No. 37 showed off their race craft skills.

Despite not having the front-running pace, Aquilante managed to pick off cars and capitalize on opportunities for a third place finish. Rezzetano mimicked the strategy, with a fifth place spot. As for Preston Calvert, he logged one of his best finishes of the season in GTS with a 13th place run.

“It seems to be my plan for the year and that’s to sit back and watch stuff happen,” said Aquilante, who won at Road America in June. “Then pick my way through everything. The Kia (Wilkins) was holding up Dean (Martin) and Kris (Wilson) and I was able to get right in the mix too. If something happens, then we’ll take advantage of it.”

More points would be consolidated in front of a large crowd at Mid-Ohio, with five-time SCCA National Champion Aquilante in eighth, just behind teammate Rezzetano in seventh at the checkered flags in Saturday’s race at Mid-Ohio.

The finishes for the weekend help Ford Performance remain at the top spot in the manufacturer’s Championship.

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