Phoenix Performance rises with a new design for their new Mustang Boss 302

Phoenix Performance - Mustang Boss 302 Side

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.

Phoenix Performance - Subaru WRX STI

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.

Phoenix Performance - Mustang Boss 302

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.

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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.

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