Phoenix Performance back in action with their new Mustang Boss 302
The day I heard Subaru was leaving the Continental Sports Car Challenge was supposed to be a good day. I was supposed to be in Phoenix’s office to unveil their new website that was built for this year’s first race in Daytona. With two freshly built Subaru WRX STI race cars already loaded for their trip to Florida, I was given the grim news. It felt like a defeat. Countless hours of hard work on the part of the team at Phoenix seemed immediately tossed aside as a promising year of competition was taken away. It was shortly after that, that I learned that there is no quitting at Phoenix Performance.
“So what, no Daytona?” I asked.
“No we’re going, just not with Subaru.” was the answer.
Fast forward 5 days and I am working with Phoenix at Daytona International Speedway, documenting what would be the team’s last race with their Subaru WRX, and possibly their last race in Grand-Am. By observing the team however, you certainly wouldn’t have known it. The team went about their business as usual. Jokes were made, burgers were slung and steak dinners were enjoyed, all culminating with an intense discussion with the team owner Joe Aquilante, over the finer points of a wedge salad. While the weekend progressed I could see the gears turning in Joe’s head. I could see the passion behind the humor and that passion would not let go of the opportunity to compete.
I left Daytona not really knowing what was going to happen to the team. Exhausted beyond belief when I returned home, I collapsed in bed for quite some time. When I woke up I had an email in my inbox.
We need to design a Mustang Boss 302 car for Continental.
With only 4 weeks before the next race, Phoenix attempted to not only design, but build a Boss 302 race car that would sit on the grid in Austin, TX at Circuit of the Americas on February 28th. With a few days left, it looks as if the team will accomplish this Herculean task.
When I first met Joe, he told me Phoenix stands for Phoenixville, the town where the business is located, not some mythical bird rising from the ashes. After what I witnessed over the past month and a half, I think it should stand for both.
On February 23rd I was invited to Phoenix Performance’s shop to see the car before its trip to Texas. Lead driver Andrew Aquilante and special projects and development lead Kurt Rezzetano worked for almost 21 days straight to complete the car. That evening the Phoenix Performance #35 Boss 302 was loaded into the trailer and sent to Texas for battle. Weidner Creative would like to congratulate Phoenix on an amazing job and we wish them a safe and champagne soaked event.