20 MAY 2018 scca.com
started driving quarter midgets when I was 8 years old – we had a local quarter midgets track in Phoenixville.
We never did that as seriously as
people do now.” This wasn’t exactly
what I expected to hear when I asked
eight-time SCCA National Champion
Andrew Aquilante about his early days
in motorsports. But while his younger
days were less assuming, the reality is,
Andrew was born to do what he does,
and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Right as I was getting to the stage
where [my dad and I were] wondering
what we were going to do next,”
Andrew continues, “some of the guys
started spending five grand on quarter
midget engines, which blew my dad
away because, at the time, an engine
for the Firehawk series was about
$5,000. So we said, that’s cool, we
don’t really need to do that.” They left,
and for the next few years, Andrew
spent the time indoor go-karting.
But yes, did you catch that?
His dad is Joe Aquilante, owner of
Phoenix Performance, and Joe,
along with Joe’s brother Tom,
had fielded cars in various pro
series through the decades.