Thomas J. Doll, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Subaru of America speaks at the North American International Auto Show. (Photo : Reuters)
Subaru Road Racing Team drivers Andrew Aquilante and Bret Spaude have a series-best average finish of second place in the two most recent GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Championship events - a third at Miami and a win at New Jersey. Now, they are focused on another big finish at the famous Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Lexington, Ohio - a venue where the team has twice won in previous years according to a quote in the Tribune Herald.
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"As was the case at both Homestead-Miami and New Jersey, Mid-Ohio is a track which really highlights our car's handling and cornering abilities," Joe Aquilante, owner of the Phoenix Performance operation that prepares the team's Subaru WRX STI racecars, said. In maintaining its season-long pattern, Spaude will qualify the 4-door #35 Subaru WRX STI at Mid-Ohio. Spaude will race until it is time to slot Andrew Aquilante (Chester Springs) into the cockpit for the charge to the checkered flag. "Our race finishes have improved with every race this season," Joe Aquilante added. "Now that we've won a race, we want to continue producing consistently-high finishes."
The race-prepped #35 SRRT WRX STI is developed to compete against rival teams fielding cars producing over 400 horsepower. Practice on the 2.258-mile configuration of Mid-Ohio - located 15 minutes south of Mansfield, Ohio - will be 8:40 a.m. and 1;45 p.m. Friday. Spaude will qualify the Subaru at 3:35 p.m. The 2-1/2-hour GRAND-AM Continental race will take the green flag 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9.