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| Warm and dry weather took its toll on race cars and their drivers in this weekend's race in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series at the world-famous Watkins Glen International road racing course near Watkins Glen, N.Y. Challenging conditions and a recently instituted performance adjustment by the sanctioning body had their effect on the Subaru Road Racing Team's (SRRT) on-track performance.
Despite the difficult circumstances, the team's pit crew plus drivers Andrew 'A. J.' Aquilante and Bret Spaude, qualified their #35 Subaru WRX STI race car 12th quickest in a field of 29 Grand Sports class competitors, and ultimately finished the 2 ½-hour race in 12th.
'The team put a great deal of effort, and our 12th place finish, though not ideal, was hard fought,' conceded Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance in Phoenixville, Pa., which prepares the team's Subaru WRX STI race cars. 'We've finished better than that this season, but our performance wasn't representative of the true potential from our program.'
'A. J. and Bret drove smart, our enthusiastic pit crew got both drivers in and out quickly, and that was the maximum we could do today. GRAND-AM's recent re-adjustment to our Subaru's turbocharger boost pressure restricted our on-track performance this weekend. Twelfth quickest isn't where we'd like to be, but in a 29-car class, we made the best of a comprised situation.'
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The free talk, part of the on-going Center Conversations speaker series, will be at 1 p.m. at the Center located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, N.Y. It is open to all.
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