Matt Kistler from NASportsCar.com took some time to interview Joe Aquilante, Team Principal of Phoenix American Motorsports about their exiting new PWC campaigns for 2015.
Read the full interview here.
Phoenixville, PA – Phoenix American Motorsports, a Phoenixville, PA-based sports car team, in collaboration with Calvert Dynamics, will enter the Pirelli World Challenge for 2015 with a multi-class, multi-car assault. SCCA five-time National Champion Andrew Aquilante will lead the team’s trio of GTS Boss 302 Mustangs, joined by Preston Calvert (Calvert Dynamics) and Kurt Rezzetano. In addition, Calvert will race a Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car in the new GT Cup class.
Read the full press release here.
Phoenix Performance has been featured in Racer Magazine in an article about the team’s entry into the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge. Team principal Joe Aquilante had this to say about entering the Pirelli World Challenge in 2015.
“Pirelli World Challenge offers a compelling value for us when you add together its TV and media exposure and the shorter types of races. It is focused on sports cars. Its message is fairly tightly wound. It’s all sports cars that are identifiable,” said team principal Joe Aquilante. “Through our history we always preferred to race what we drive on the street, which is important to our marketing plan.”
“What’s there not to like about GTS?” Aquilante said. “There is one driver, one car, two races over the weekend, and it has its own TV time. One of our main goals is to help secure a manufacturers’ title for Ford, and to see how close we can get to a drivers championship.”
Head on over to Racer.com for the full article.
Andrew Aquilante, of Phoenixville, Pa., has defended an SCCA National Championship for the second time this week, repeating in GT-2 at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs on Saturday in a route. Spencer Trenery, of Berkeley, Calif., and Mark Boden, Winnetka, Ill., ran second and third at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Aquilante drove his No. 36 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier/Hawk Chevrolet Corvette to the race’s fast lap of 1:30.267 (89.255 mph) on lap two, opening up a gap that would only grow as the race went on. The now five-time National Champion covered the 20-lap race in 30:33.904 for a 87.865 mph average on his way to a 26.561-second margin of victory. It’s his second Championship at the 2014 Runoffs and fourth in two years, following his also successful defense of his Touring 1 crown.
“It feels pretty good,” Aquilante said. “You try not to look at the record book and say I want to win this many, because each championship has things that have to come together. I hate to say it, but luck is a part of it. Even here, the low voltage light came on with five to go, and so you never quite know if you’re going to make the end of the race over something stupid.
“We’re a family organization, we’re a small organization, and we’re real tight knit. I spent the last three weeks building this car, and it’s for one of our customers, John Yarosz. I have to thank him for letting me use it. It feels really good in that sense, and it’s a proud achievement to come at it from both sides.”
Phoenix American Motorsports had a pretty good day at Indy! We finished 5th (car #32) and 6th (car #35), and were the highest placed Mustangs.
Kurt Rezzetano started #32 in P8, and Preston Calvert started #35 in P20. The #32 car ran as high as first and the #35 as high as 4th in the pit stop shuffle. Andrew Aquilante finished #32 in 5th, and almost was 4th but for a late race pass by a competitor. Kurt pushed the #35 up to 6th at the finish.
This is the best combined result for the team this year. We move on to Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI in 2 weeks.
The Phoenix American Motorsports #32 and #35 cars finished today’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race 11th and 12th, respectively. The #32 car was started in P5 by Kurt Rezzetano and was running in that position until a penalty incurred during a fuel stop, which dropped it well back. Andrew Aquilante worked the car back up to 11th by the finish.
The #35 car was started by Preston Calvert in 18th, and he ran as high as 5th, prior to turning the car over to Kurt Rezzetano. In the cycle of positions with pit stops, this put Kurt back in 18th, but he was able to work back up to 12th by the finish.
The cars are in good shape, and will be refurbished prior to shipping out for our next stop, the Indianapolis Speedway road course, where we race in 2 weeks.
Phoenix American Motorsports had a successful weekend at Watkins Glen International Raceway, with the #32 Ford Mustang Boss 302R driven by Kurt Rezzetano and Andrew Aquilante finishing 5th in the race, after also qualifying 5th. The #35 car, driven by Preston Calvert and John Yarosz started 17th, and finished 18th, after surviving the aftermath of a serious multi-car mid-pack incident ahead of it in the run to the first turn at the start.
Kurt and Andrew drove the #32 car to the highest finish by a Ford Mustang Boss 302R in the race.
The cars performed well, and will be ready for the next round of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park at Mosport, outside of Toronto, Ontario Canada in 2 weeks.
Full results are here.
Enjoy a gallery of the weekends race.
The Phoenix American Motorsports IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge team had its most successful outing of the 2014 season at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night, June 7, 2014. Kurt Rezzetano started the #32 Ford Mustang Boss 302R from 22nd place in the grid, and quickly moved up through the rest of the field. After Kurt turned the car over to Andrew Aquilante in a yellow flag pit stop, Andrew worked his way up to third place, and was closing in on the second place car, the Rum Bum Porsche driven by Matt Plumb. When Plumb had to pit for a splash of fuel near the end of the race, Andrew moved up to 2nd, where he finished. It was a very satisfying podium finish for the team, after its early season struggles.
The #35 car was started by Andrew Aquilante, who qualified it 8th. He handed it over to Preston Calvert, who ran it as high as 5th in the running order. After a final driver change to Don Knowles, who moved the #35 car up from 13th position after that stop under green flag for fuel, tire and the driver change, Don finished the car in 12th place. That was it’s best finish of the season as well.
The Phoenix pit crew was organized and effective all weekend, and the pit stops were excellent. The race engineering team of Jeff Feit, John Vincent and Ken Lin were on top of the data relayed from IMSA and the car drivers. The car setup that Andrew and Kurt put in the car was very successful for this challenging track.
Team owner, Joe Aquilante had these comments after the race: “ It was great watching the team come together and have a good result for both cars. They have been working hard all year and finally broke through to the podium.”
The Phoenix American Motorsports team now has 3 weeks to prepare for the next Continental Tire race at Watkins Glen International Raceway in Watkins Glen, NY on June 28, 2014.
Phoenix American Motorsports had a great race on May 23rd at lime rock park. A rained out qualifying session couldn’t dampen the team spirit and the #23 Mustang Boss 302R fought through the field for an impressive 7th place finish. The #35 finished 20th. Phoenix now looks forward to Kansas Speedway on June 7th.
Check out this slideshow from the weekend.
Enjoy a slide show from May 3rd, 2014 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Despite a challenging weekend the team soldiered through and is in preparations for May 24ths race at Lime Rock Park.