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

Phoenix Performance Ford Mustang Boss 302R


Article published by Pirelli World Challenge

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.


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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Aquilante Leads PWC Points, Mid-Ohio Next

July 28 2015

Phoenixville, PA – Andrew Aquilante and Kurt Rezzetano sit one-two in Pirelli World Challenge GTS points standings as the Phoenix American Motorsports and Calvert Dynamics squad heads for a four-car effort at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend with Preston Calvert racing both in GTS and the GT Cup classes.

While Rezzetano triumphed and took the points lead in May in Canada, Aquilante responded at Road America in June, taking his first win of the season and moving ahead of his Ford Mustang teammate in the standings. Those two will be partnered by a third trademark black and yellow Mustang for Calvert at the 2.4-mile 15-turn road course.

With one win a piece, both Aquilante’s No. 32 and Rezzetano’s No. 35 will be looking for a second first-place trophy at Mid-Ohio. While Road America offered four miles of high-speed, Mid-Ohio, also a natural terrain road course, is considerably more twisty and known for its technical challenge.

Calvert will also race in the GT Cup category in the No. 77 Porsche, where he continues to hold down fourth position in the standings.

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Rezzetano Wins at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

Rezzetano Powers Phoenix to Win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
May 19 2015

Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada – Kurt Rezzetano scored his first career Pirelli World Challenge win and the first victory of the 2015 season in World Challenge for Phoenix American Motorsports in the Saturday GTS race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly known as Mosport). Another strong performance on Sunday has Rezzetano leading the GTS point standings in his Calvert Dynamics and Phoenix Performance Ford Mustang Boss 302 entry.

Rezzetano made his move of the race early on Saturday, pouncing on an Aston Martin for the lead on the opening lap of the race, and managing the gap to take the win, also earning the Invisible Glass Clean Pass of the Race award.

“It was a really great race. It was a matter of me keeping my head down and keeping the gap. Really I was not managing anything. I was going ten-tenths the whole time to try to get away from them. All and all it was a great day,” said Rezzetano following his win.

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Aquilante Leads Phoenix with Podium at Barber

April  28 2015

Birmingham, AL – A third place finish by Andrew Aquilante, charging to the front late in Friday’s GTS race, followed by his fourth place run on Saturday, led Phoenix American Motorsports’ four-car assault on Barber Motorsports Park over four races in this past weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge event.

Aquilante was joined in the GTS class by teammates Kurt Rezzetano and Preston Calvert in a trio of Phoenix Performance and Calvert Dynamics GTS Mustang Boss 302s, while Calvert added two more starts in the GT Cup presented by Momo in the No. 77 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

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Calvert Fourth for Phoenix at Long Beach


April  21 2015

Long Beach, CA – Preston Calvert drove a heads-up race to score his third straight top-five finish at Long Beach in the Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup presented by Momo in the No. 77 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for Phoenix American Motorsports. The Calvert Dynamics and Phoenix Performance entry avoided various incidents on the streets of Long Beach, California, on Sunday afternoon to work his way through the field to a fourth place finish.

Building upon a fifth place run on Saturday in St. Petersburg in March, Calvert improved to fourth on Sunday, and tied his best result of the season with another fourth place run in California. Another strong result adds to Calvert’s season-long points tally, placing him fourth among GT Cup competitors.


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