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Calvert Dynamics Pulls Off Solid GT, GTA Weekend at Mid-Ohio

August 3 2016

Lexington, OH – The debut of Calvert Dynamics in the GTA class in Pirelli World Challenge at Mid-Ohio saw a pair of fourth place finishes for Preston Calvert, while Michael Lewis logged two top-10 runs in GT, including a sixth place finish on Sunday in the No. 98 Porsche 911 GT3R with both cars being prepared by Phoenix Performance.

Calvert, driving the No. 77 Porsche 911 GT3R, made his first start in the GTA class after a season-and-a-half in GT Cup competition, moving up smoothly to more powerful and quicker GT car. Heading into the weekend, he had only 100 minutes of time in the car over a handful of test sessions at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

“The car is much faster than the GT3 Cup car, with more power, and substantial aerodynamic downforce contributing to the grip for cornering and braking.  In addition, it is necessary to brake the car much deeper in the brake zones of most corners, to make use of the downforce and the race-oriented antilock braking system,” said Calvert. “The car also has traction control, which makes corner exits more secure and faster, especially on turns over rises in the track, like Turns 5 and 9 at Mid-Ohio.”

After a number of podiums to start the season in GT Cup, Calvert improved his lap times quick at Mid-Ohio, but an opening-lap incident in Saturday’s race and a subsequent clutch issue eventually saw him retire the car, with a strong team effort required to repair the problem for Sunday’s race.

The Phoenix Performance crew, led by Andrew Aquilante and Kurt Rezzetano, managed to repair both the body damage and the clutch in time for Sunday morning’s race, staying in the paddock until after 1 AM.  Race engineer Stefan Pfeiffer was right there with them, helping with issues fitting the clutch to the car.

“I’m very grateful for the great effort they made to get my car ready for Sunday’s race.  The dedication and capability of our team is awe-inspiring,” said Calvert, who took an even more cautious approach in Sunday’s race to avoid any first lap issues.

“I finally got going more quickly after a while, and managed to chase down and pass one GTA car, and was closing slowly on the next GTA car at race end.  Overall my race lap times were often better than my qualifying time, indicating my ongoing need for seat time in this new car.  Late in the race, I was involved in an incident when the race leaders lapped me, where I was able to let the first two cars by in Turn 12, by going very wide, but could not find the third place car in my mirrors as I turned left into Turn 13,” Calvert said. “I ended up causing him to have to choose which side of me to pass by on, as I could not tell where he was.  He ended up trying to pass on the outside, and having to drive on the grass at driver’s right at Turn 13, causing overheating issues for him later, which was unfortunate.”

Marking his second weekend with Calvert Dynamics, and now confirmed in the No. 98 GT3R through the end of the season, Michael Lewis continued improving in the black and yellow colors with a solid sixth place finish on Sunday.

“We had to really squeeze everything out of our Porsche GT3R this past weekend to get around the tricky Mid Ohio course. It was a nonstop effort to get our car competitive and ready for each session. Thank you to my team for continuing to develop the car to find every bit of performance we could for each session,” said Lewis.

“We ended up salvaging decent finishes in both races. After looking at the qualifying order on Saturday morning, and at what type of race cars were ahead of us, we knew we would have a hard fight in the races. In the end, we were clean and tidy and that’s how we were able to finish where we did. It was encouraging to work with the team this weekend in the way we did, as each of us were looking for ways to improve. Next up is our race in Utah,” he continued. “Again, I must say a big thank you to Discount Tire, Circle Porsche of Long Beach, Curb Records, and many others for the past two race events. Now, Calvert Dynamics will be spearheading the rest the season and I’m forever grateful for that.”

The team marks another major weekend at Utah Motorsports Campus, August 12-14, with Lewis racing in GT and Calvert driving in GTA, and also partnering with Andrew Davis in the SprintX races, an hour-long format featuring a driver change.
Article courtesy of CalvertDynamics.com.

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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.

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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.

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Michael Lewis Joins Calvert Dynamics PWC Team for Two Events

Michael Lewis Joins Calvert Dynamic PWC

Phoenixville, PA – Calvert Dynamics announced today that Pirelli World Challenge GT driver Michael Lewis will race for the Calvert Dynamics team at Road America and Mid-Ohio. Lewis will strap into the same Porsche 911 GT3 R, now with the No. 98, he has raced this season in Pirelli World Challenge events, and now teams with Andrew Davis and Preston Calvert for the team’s expanded three-car lineup, with support from Phoenix Performance for at least the next two events.

Lewis began the season with EFFORT Racing, taking back-to-back wins on the Streets of St. Petersburg to start a Championship charge. With the EFFORT team putting its focus toward 2017, Lewis is being welcomed to Calvert Dynamics, bringing along engineer Stefan Pfeiffer as well as crew members to the expanded Calvert Dynamics program of twin Porsche 911 GT3 Rs in addition to the team’s GT3 Cup Porsche.

“We’re back. Discount Tire, Circle Porsche, Curb Records, and Calvert Dynamics, thank you. For Road America and Mid Ohio, we’re going to have some fun and represent our partners in the most professional way. It’s simple – let’s go racing. A big Thank You to my fan base, the racing colleagues who offered a helping hand during my time away from the Pirelli World Challenge, and to my additional core partners including The Smile Generation, Cometic Gasket, Inc., and ASE for their empathy, care, and support,” said Lewis.

“Racing is a big family and it’s really nice to be able to work with so many great people who are, well, family. Thank you to Dr. Preston Calvert for this opportunity and I look forward to teaming up with Andrew Davis to get our Porsche’s on top. For these two races we will be running the famed No. 98 which has much history with Curb Records and the Agajanian family. Let’s see if we can have the same luck as the No. 98 had in this year’s Indianapolis 500 – congratulations to Curb Records, Bryan Herta, and Alexander Rossi for that historic win. With that being said, in all seriousness as well, I wish a speedy recovery for Jorge De La Torre and my prayers go to Andrew Palmer and to his family,” Lewis continued.

“While we were sad to learn that EFFORT Racing was unable to continue its season in PWC for 2016, we are happy to be able to welcome Michael Lewis to our team for the Elkhart Lake and Mid-Ohio rounds of the season,” said team principal Preston Calvert. “He will bring his excellent racing ability and dedication to our paddock, along with his engineer, Stefan Pfeiffer, and crew members with whom he has been working this year. We are proud to have Michael racing in the Calvert Dynamics livery, and we look forward to successful results from both of our outstanding GT drivers.

Andrew Davis echoed these sentiments, and stated: “I had the privilege to work with Michael a few times as he was transitioning from open wheel race cars into Porsche GT machines. I was instantly impressed with both his attitude and his ability, so it’s no surprise to me that he has already become a race winner in the Pirelli World Challenge. Having Michael join our Calvert Dynamics program is very exciting. I feel that having a solid teammate will help to strengthen our current effort to optimize performance in our No. 76 Porsche GT3-R. Congruently, it breathes new life into Michael’s previously interrupted season. I’m very much looking forward to our new beginning at Road America, and I want to thank Preston and Meg Calvert for making it all possible.”

“Our ability to add Michael Lewis to our team highlights the careful and precise planning that the Phoenix Performance organization provides to our racing efforts,” Calvert continued. “Joe and Andrew Aquilante have worked quickly and effectively to mobilize the resources to accomplish this merging of team assets.

We are happy to welcome Effort team manager Erin Gahagan to our leadership group, along with master technician Dave Gahagan. Calvert Dynamics is fortunate to have the support of such a capable leadership team.”

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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.