Subaru Road Racing Team to Defend Event Win at Lime Rock Round of Grand-Am KONI Challenge Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, May 20, 2008 - Four months have passed since the opening round of the Grand-Am KONI Challenge road racing season, more than ...
Subaru Road Racing Team to Defend Event Win at Lime Rock Round of Grand-Am KONI Challenge
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, May 20, 2008 - Four months have passed since the opening round of the Grand-Am KONI Challenge road racing season, more than sufficient time for the Subaru Road Racing Team to hone their Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Spec. B Sedans, prepared by ICY/Phoenix, and re-focus on the details that contributed to winning their first race as a KONI series team in 2007, at Lime Rock Park, CT, site of Saturday's second round of the 2008 season.
"We operate as a team," emphasized Joe Aquilante, Phoenixville, PA, who is co-principal of ICY/Phoenix with Dave Rosenblum, Langhorne, PA. "No one team member is greater than the sum of its parts. Both Dave and I, our crew, and all our drivers - we've all won races and championships. The main difference between now and a year ago is that the level of competition has measurably progressed forward. To their credit, Grand-Am has been vigilant in maintaining competitive parity within each class, which translates to exciting racing for teams and fans."
The Subaru Road Racing Team's driver lineup at the Lime Rock round comprises 2007's Lime Rock Street Tuner class race winners, Kris Skavnes, Sparta, NJ, racing on his home track with Chuck Hemmingson, Des Moines, IA. The second entry is 20-year old Andrew Aquilante, Chester Springs, PA, paired with Don Knowles, Pittsboro, NC, a four-time National Champion, winner of 35 professional endurance races and a world record 14 24-hour races.
"Don has been a huge help, assisting Chuck and the team in our unending process to continually develop and fine-tune our Subaru Legacy race cars," added Aquilante. "Don was racing and winning at Lime Rock 15 years before Andrew was born. Over the years he has given back to the sport by taking many younger drivers under his wing and showing them the bigger-picture in racing."
A series record 50 cars are entered in the Street Tuner class, which will feature a stand-alone race for the only time this year. "The KONI Challenge series has come to the point in its impressive growth that the margin for errors decreases at each race. To know we've won races in a series this competitive is a good attitude-adjuster for all of us. We've done it before, and always have to believe we can do it again, "noted Rosenblum.
The Subaru team and in-class competitors will practice Friday, May 23. They qualify and race Saturday at 3 pm ET for 2 1/2 hours. The race is televised by Speed TV and will air May 31 at 8 pm ET.