THE 2011 SEASONS FOR THE SUBARU MOTORSPORTS TEAMS BEGAN IN EARNEST THE LAST WEEKEND IN JANUARY. BOTH SUBARU ROAD RACING TEAM (SRRT) AND SUBARU RALLY TEAM USA (SRT USA) HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES FOR THEIR SEASONS, FOR WHICH THEY HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS, AS DO THEIR FANS.
Subaru Road Racing Team
SRRT Driver Résumés
- Career-best 2nd in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Street Tuner point standings 2009
- Career-best 2nd in Continental Tire Street Tuner race at Daytona International Speedway 2009
- SCCA Touring 1 National Champion 2007
- SCCA President’s Cup Champion 2007
- SCCA Touring 1 Northeast Division Driver of the Year 2007
- Four-time SCCA Touring 1 Northeast Division champion 2004-2007
- Participated in lone GRAND-AM Rolex Series GT race at Lime Rock Park in 2008
- Career-best 5th-place finish in GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Grand Sports competition 2010
- Two career-best 5th-place finishes in GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Street Tuner competition 2009
- SCCA Touring 3 National Champion 2008
- Two-time SCCA Touring 3 titlist (2008, Northeast; 2009, Southeast)
- Several World Karting Association (WKA) National Championships
- WKA Triple Crown winner 2002
2011 should be a fascinating year in which to follow SRRT. Last year, admittedly, was a development year for the team. It worked through a freshman year development program of its #35 WRX STI. Always a player, the car continuously provided opportunities for the team to learn as it competed in the Grand Sport class of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. (Follow its progress in Drive Performance Versions 7.1 through 7.3 and in Editor’s Track Journal entries.
SRRT moves to a WRX STI Sedan from the 5-door that Phoenix Performance (Phoenixville, Pennsylvania) fielded for Subaru last year. All the team’s training with #35 transfers, so SRRT picks up almost where it finished last year – in contention, but this year with experience and a full season of car development. (See this issue’s cover story about preparing #35 WRX STI Sedan for the track.)
The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series requires two drivers for each car during every race. SRRT’s two returning drivers are Andrew Aquilante and Bret Spaude, both of whom have championship experience in other forms of racing.
Interestingly, both drivers come to the team from racing families. Andrew Aquilante is the son of team principal Joe Aquilante, who was himself a perennial champion in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) sports car racing. Bret Spaude grew up around karting with his grandfather, Bill Spaude, and father Tod Spaude, both of whom are champions in their own right.