Phoenix Ready for PWC Opener at COTA
March 3 2015
Phoenixville, PA – Phoenix American Motorsports is looking to the dawn of a new Pirelli World Challenge season with a five car-entry set for this weekend’s event at the Circuit of the Americas. Andrew Aquilante will anchor the team’s attack in a pair of entries, racing in both GTS and Touring Car (TC) classes in two Mustangs. Alongside the five-time SCCA National Champion will be Preston Calvert, in a GT Cup Porsche 991 and GTS Mustang, and Kurt Rezzetano, also in a black and yellow GTS Mustang.
A winter of Florida SCCA events, near non-stop prep work at the team’s Pennsylvania shop and careful planning has led to a diverse entry for the opening rounds of the 2015 season. While the team fields three GTS Boss 302 Mustangs, it will debut the new Touring Car V6 Mustang and also compete in the new GT Cup class for spec Porsches.
“We certainly have taken on a big task with Pirelli World Challenge and look forward to the excellent competition that all of the PWC classes provide. We are also excited about the sprint format,” said Joe Aquilante, team owner.
With over 30 SCCA Runoffs titles and Majors Championships to their credit, the team most recently ran in Florida in the January SCCA Majors events, picking up 15 wins in 24 races.
The team’s trio of GTS Boss 302 Mustangs will compete not only against other Mustangs but the latest entries from rival teams fielding the Chevy Camaro, Kia Optima, Porsche Cayman and more. Racing in a 50-minute sprint format with no pit stops, an exciting standing start will send the GTS-only field on their way for two races at COTA.
In his GT Cup entry, Calvert will add two more starts this weekend as part of the GT class within which the GT Cup category races.
“The 2015 Porsche GT3 Cup car is a wonderful track weapon to drive,” added Calvert. “I look forward to racing with the other very capable GT Cup entrants this season, and I hope to do well in this fast company.”
Finally, Aquilante will have the busiest weekend, combining his two GTS races with a tripleheader in TC for five races in three days.
Where: Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
When: March 6-8.
Streaming: Live streaming of the races is available on www.world-challengeTV.com. Race times will be posted to www.world-challenge.com and on the Phoenix and World Challenge Facebook pages. In addition, live timing will be available on www.world-challenge.com.
TV Broadcast: On the CBS Sports Network on Saturday, March 14, 11 AM: GT/GTA, GT Cup presented by MOMO / Wednesday, March 18, 8 PM: TC, TCA, TCB. All times listed Eastern. Times and dates subject to change.
Phoenix on the web: http://www.phoenixperformance.net/, http://phoenixperformance-news.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/PhoenixAM
Team partners include Calvert Dynamics, Ford Performance, Ron Davis Racing Radiators, Hawk Performance Brakes, Penske Racing Shocks, Brembo Brakes, Hoosier Racing Tire, Varsity Landscaping and Susquehanna Services.
Phoenix Performance is a Northeast premier 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 team’s 32,000 square-foot-race shop is located 30 miles west of downtown Philadelphia and has built over 30 SCCA Runoff-winning cars. For 2015, Phoenix American Motorsports plans to run a multi-car, multi-class effort in the Pirelli World Challenge.
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