Phoenixville, PA – With 152 points up for grabs in Pirelli World Challenge season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Andrew Aquilante will need to dig deep from second in the Championship standings to take the 2015 title in his No. 32 Ford Mustang Boss 302 for Phoenix American Motorsports, sponsored by Calvert Dynamics and Phoenix Performance.
Coming into the event, Aquilante leads a triplet of Ford Mustangs from Phoenix, with Kurt Rezzetano and Preston Calvert joining the five-time SCCA National Champion. Two of Aquilante’s five SCCA titles came at Laguna Seca in 2014.
The 2015 performance from the team over 16 rounds has helped seal Ford Performance the manufacturers’ Championship, and sees the group leading the team point standings.
After winning at Elkhart Lake’s Road America, Aquilante assumed the mid-season control of the Championship from teammate Rezzetano. From there, he bagged two points finishes at Mid-Ohio as performance adjustments slowed the Mustangs down. That was followed by a struggling Miller Motorsports Park weekend in Utah, before Aquilante drove his way to a podium at Sonoma to keep himself in the conversation for the title.
Now, one race remains as the season finale will take place at Laguna Seca in the form of an epic, single-race Championship showdown on Sunday, September 13. Aquilante is 107 points back from the points leader, with 140 points available for the win, three for most laps led, one for leading a single lap, one for the fastest lap of the race, and seven for taking pole position – making up 152 in total.
While Aquilante is one of two drivers eligible for the GTS Championship, teammate Kurt Rezzetano sits fifth in points and is within striking distance of third, as he hopes to cap a season that saw a highlight debut victory come at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Mosport) in May in his No. 37 machine.
Driving the team’s third Mustang, but also doing his usual double appearance, Preston Calvert will strap into his No. 77 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in the GT Cup category for the 18th and final time of the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge season. Calvert currently sits tied for fifth in the GT Cup standings, with a best finish of fourth so far this season.
Following the Pirelli World Challenge awards on Sunday night, it will be a race for Phoenix back to the shop for the team to prepare for the SCCA National Championship Runoffs, where all three drivers hope to challenge for National Championships at Daytona International Speedway. Aquilante looks to repeat his double-win performance from 2014 and will be entered in both the T1 and T3 classes.