24 OCTOBER 2020 scca.comRUNOFFS PREVIEW
Five of Andrew Aquilante’s nineSCCA National Championship titlescame in T1. Beyond that, of the last
10 times Aquilante has contested thisground-pounding class, his startingposition has been no worse than second.
He also has oodles of experience atRoad America, scoring three poles andtwo wins in his four Runoffs attemptsat the tricky Wisconsin circuit – andyou can double all of that with hisprofessional racing experience. But whilethat could make someone confident,for Aquilante, it simply means heknows that anything can happen.
It’s rare, but Aquilante’s lucksometimes runs dry. In 2016, Aquilantewas in hot pursuit of the T1 leaderwhen his race ended amidst smoke andfire. Then, in 2019, his dominant T1performance turned south on the lastlap with motor woes, transforming his
20-second lead into a second-place finish.
So, who does Aquilante think will be
chasing him and his Phoenix Performance
Mustang this year? “I’d say Mark Boden,
since it’s his home track,” Aquilante
says. “And really, anyone showing up
considering it is never over ‘til it is over.”
We agree with his assessment,
and we’d certainly add Hugh Stewart
to the list of contenders. Stewart
claimed third in 2019, and we
expect a similar result in 2020.
Fall-Line Motorsports is notanticipating a stellar performance inT2 this year. We think they’re wrong.
While some of the T2 PorschesFall-Line campaigns did receive abalance of performance adjustment,we believe Fall-Line can more thancompensate. We anticipated Fall-Linedriver Tim Kezman to claim the winin a tight battle with his teammates,but moments before this issue
TOURING1, TOURING 2, TOURING 3, AND TOURING 4
WORDS Philip Royle | MAIN IMAGE Rick Corwine
1.AndrewAquilante 92.Mark Boden 23. Hugh Stewart
1. Alan Kossof2.Mark Boden 23.Kurt Rezzetano 2
1. Derek Kulach 22. Jason Ott3.Marshall Mast 1
1. Michael Borden2.John Heinricy 153.Nick Leverone 1