GMG to Debut Another Audi R8 LMS and Revamped Pontiac Solstice at Mid Ohio World Challenge Races

Photo credit : Brad SofronasGMG Racing, the multi-series professional racing team and premier performance tuning facility for European Automobiles in Southern California, is bringing 2 new cars to rounds 10 and 11 of the Pirelli World Challenge Series this coming weekend at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course.

Lead driver, team owner and president, James Sofronas, who is usually found behind the wheel of his familiar blue and white Porsche Cup car, will be debuting the world’s 2nd World Challenge AUDI R8 LMS, which is also the second from GMG Racing.

Sofronas will still carry the #14 that has been present for most of his career in World Challenge racing but this time on a car with the Audi Motorsport colors of red and silver, and with the sponsorship of Swisher Racing to promote their new line of E-swisher electronic cigarettes and cigars that offer an alternative to traditional smoking without sacrificing taste or enjoyment and are assembled, tested and filled in the USA.

“This is an exciting time for GMG as we develop our new relationship with Audi of America and Audi Sport Customer Racing,” stated Sofronas.  “With 2 GMG Racing clients purchasing the first 2 Audi R8 LMS GT3 specs in North America earlier this year, this was the next step in building the program with Audi and having GMG run a 3rd car under its team.”

Something new from GMG RacingAdding to this excitement will be the World Challenge premier of the GMG Pontiac Solstice, piloted by Bill Ziegler.  This car, which won the 2008 National Runoffs in the T2 class with Zigler at the wheel, has remained idle since that victory, which was taken away by the Stewards due to post race ruling regarding race contact.

Ziegler experienced an unfortunate wreck in his trademark Mitsubishi EVO at Detroit earlier in June which ended the car’s season. Ziegler asked GMG to build his Solstice to World Challenge specs. The team was quick to oblige such a fantastic and loyal client, managing to turn the car around in time in just 4 weeks with well over 400 man hours.

GMG transformed this showroom stock Solstice into a full blown GTS racer, stripping it down 400lbs and upgrading every aspect of the car along the way including StopTech brakes, Penske race shocks and adjustable suspension, drivetrain upgrades, and bodywork modifications.

“I am incredibly proud of our team, especially Jeremy Smallwood, who spent every waking hour on this car making sure it was not only going to be competitive in the class but safe for Bill to drive,” James commented.  “I can’t thank Bill and Jackie Ziegler enough for all that they have done for not only GMG but for me personally.  They are such a big part of this team and have been so great to work with, I really want to see Bill have the strong weekend he deserves.  He is one of the most resilient guys I know and he just doesn’t give up.  He is extremely bright and manages to keep things very calm during a tumultuous racing weekend, I wish I had his demeanor,” joked James.

James further added, “Mid Ohio is the perfect place for us to debut the GMG R8 as the crowds are tremendous with ALMS and INDY Car racing, as well as with Pirelli World Challenge racing, not to mention the many loyal Audi fans in the area.  GMG has a history in a Porsche at Mid Ohio.  I’ve enjoyed a victory and a 2nd place finish here two years ago, so there are high hopes coming to this famous and technical course.  With 55 cars starting the race, it will be a battle of managing traffic and keeping your nose clean during the 50 minute sprint race.”

Sofronas continued, “We want to build the Audi program within GMG and run it in conjunction with our Porsche program as we will continue our ongoing relationship. Porsche of course will continue to be a large part of the GMG Racing Program, not only in World Challenge, but in ALMS and Grand Am as we have multiple clients that race Porsches across those different series.  Expect to see 2 Audis and 2 Porsches alongside Bill’s Solstice at the 2012 World Challenge season finaly held at Infineon August 25th.”

“Audi, like Porsche Motorsports, has been great to work with as they focus on the R8 LMS program worldwide, we thought that Pirelli World Challenge would be the ideal place for the Audi to compete.”  Asked about his optimism, Sofronas informs, “The R8 fits well within in the GT structure as it competes against the likes of Corvette, Porsche, Nissan GTR, Viper, Cadillac and Volvo.  This series ideally suits the R8, as  the race version runs so many street car parts including uprights, wheel bearings, control arms, and more thaqt are easily accessible and carry over from the street R8’s that we prep back in the shop.    Plus we run the same GMG WC spec R8 exhaust on the street car as we do on the race car, pleasing our R8 clients.  Adding to the benefit of running an R8 LMS stateside is the fact that Audi Sport Customer Racing has a location in Indiana that can provide additional parts and support to help teams running the R8 here in the U.S., making it very easy to maintain the cars.”

The race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will be broadcast by NBC Sports, Saturday, August 25th at 1:30-3PM eastern and  will be streamed live online at www.world-challengeTV.com.

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GMG Racing Rides Momentum Into Lime Rock Park for American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix

GMG Racing comes to the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Raceway on July 6-7 with sights firmly set on a podium finish as the team continues to gain momentum in the 2012 season.

“GMG Racing is having a strong American Le Mans season in the face of a great field of competitors this year,” notes James Sofronas, GMG Racing president, co-founder, and lead driver.  “The drivers, crew, and car are all in sync but it is up to us to keep our focus and turn in flawless races while dealing with the unpredictability associated with racing and motorsports.”

James Sofronas and Alex Welch will co-drive the No. 32 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car for the nearly three-hour-long Round 4 of the 2012 American Le Mans Series in the GTC class.  The two will jointly tackle Lime Rock Park’s 1.5 mile course and the thick traffic that comes from such a tight circuit.

“In many ways this is a home track for me,” acknowledges Sofronas. GMG Racing’s headquarters are based in Southern California but James grew up 75 miles south of Lime Rock Park in Pound Ridge, New York.   “Lime Rock was where I first cut my teeth racing on the amateur level.  I’ve always looked forward to coming back every year after since I moved to California.  In fact, GMG earned its first professional podium 8 years ago at a time when cars climbed the uphill and got all 4 wheels off the ground.  This was of course in a Porsche.”

“I am very excited to be back at Lime Rock with James and GMG,” adds Alex Welch.  “We continue to build on our momentum and this is a track we both know.  Staying clean and having flawless pit stops play a huge role in this sub 1-minute lap track.”

GMG Racing logged a 7th place finish in the ALMS season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring after recovering from a failed alternator.  The team went on to manage a 4th place finish for Round 2 in Long Beach after suffering damage to the front splitter from a wayward cone on the track.

James Rene and Alex on the ALMS podiumJames and Alex, along with co-driver Rene Villeneuve, hit Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next for Round 3.  The trio departed with a podium visit for their second place finish in the six hour long race.

“We have been showing steady improvement as the season has progressed,” says Sofronas.  “It would be great to keep that ball rolling and stand on the podium in front of my friends and family in attendance.”

The American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix will be delayed broadcast on July 7 at 4:00pm ET on ESPN 2 but you can catch live streaming of the race at 2:45pm and the qualifying event a day earlier at 3:05pm through ESPN3.

 “It’s a race we are really looking forward to but could not imagine undertaking without the support of our sponsors including Endless, Tracks, MySocialCloud and Slime Sandwich,” concludes Sofronas.

For more information about GMG Racing, visit www.GMGracing.com or keep up to date through Facebook (Team GMG), Twitter (@GMGracing) and YouTube (/GMGracing).

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GMG Racing Pulls a Switch at Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

GMG Racing, the multi-series professional racing team and premier performance tuning facility for European vehicles in Southern California, pulled a little switcheroo for a tough pair of Pirelli World Challenge rounds last weekend at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix as two of the drivers swapped cars for the events.

“Long yellows made the races less than exciting,” pointed out GMG Racing president, co-founder, and lead driver James Sofronas about Rounds 5 and 6 of Pirelli World Challenge.  “The team never really got a chance to contest for the podium though we raced hard whenever we saw green.”

Perhaps the biggest excitement came before the races began.  Sofronas and David Welch had been discussing having David join the team as he looked for a ride for the Detroit races.  Sofronas decided to step aside and put Welch into his #14 car which then carried the #77 and David’s sponsors.  Sofronas then drove another car from the GMG stable which the team prepped just days before the event.

GMG Racing at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand PrixWelch impressively went on to finish in 6th in the GT class in both the Saturday and Sunday races behind the wheel of the No. 77 Numerix / StopTech / GMG Racing 911 GT3 Cup.  Sofronas, who was working with Welch to get him up to speed, was his wing man for both races as they ran nose to tail for both races.

“David had a good run both days and loved the GMG Porsche,” summarized Sofronas.  “Any GMG Porsche will be very easy to drive, especially compared to the Ferrari 430 he has been piloting, but he really proved himself a quick driver and a good study of the car especially considering he had never driven a Porsche before.”  Sofronas indicated that Welch would drive again on the GMG team.

GMG Racing at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand PrixAnders Hainer came in 10th on Saturday behind the wheel of the world’s first World Challenge Audi R8 LMS.  Hainer, who jumped into the car for its debut season with limited opportunity to test the vehicle, has been doing quite well considering the level of competition in World Challenge racing this year while seeing most of these tracks for the first time.

Sunday proved a rougher challenge for Hainer.  The car cut a tire in the race with little wiggle room and a wall looming ahead.  The 2006 Grand-Am Champion called on his skills to keep the car under control and narrowly missed a damaging impact with the wall.  The incident cost him a few spots but Hainer brought the car in 13th for a complete race.

GMG Racing at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix2009 Rookie of the Year Bill Ziegler did not make off so lucky in the GTS class.  Ziegler got off to a great start but the Volvo of Randy Pobst stalled on the line.  “It was a mad scramble to get around the car as the field scattered to avoid hitting Randy,” recalled Sofronas.  “Bill was the unfortunate one that hit him and his race ended right there.”

“David did well and I did okay, but Bill had an obviously horrible weekend and Anders left narrowly escaping damage,” said Sofronas.  “Now we learn and move on to the next race, as always supported by our great crew and invaluable sponsors including StopTech, Mobil 1, Pirelli Tires, APS, Under Armour and Swisher.”

The Pirelli World Challenge heads off to Canada next for Rounds 8 and 9 at the Mosport International Raceway Doubleheader June 22-24.  Last weekend’s Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will air on the NBC Sports Network, Saturday, July 7th at 5-7 PM eastern.

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GMG Racing Looks to Mix It Up Mid-Season at Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

GMG Racing, the multi-series professional racing team and premier performance tuning facility for European vehicles in Southern California, is fielding four cars in the first Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix to be held since 2008.  These include the expected trio of James Sofronas, Anders Hainer and Bill Ziegler plus the exciting edition of David Welch for Rounds 6 and 7 of the 2012 Pirelli World Challenge series as GMG Racing comes to the mid-point in the racing season.

“The season mid-point can be a very reflective time when teams take a look at what they intend to achieve race-by-race and for the rest of the season as a whole,” points out GMG Racing president, co-founder, and lead driver James Sofronas.  “It’s a very strong field of drivers this season, perhaps the best I’ve seen in a long time, so it really falls to GMG Racing to step up our game and keep it up through the rest of the year in the face of such great competitors.”

Sitting as high as third place in the GT class Drivers Championship standings this season in the No. 14 GMG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, Sofronas now occupies fifth in the competition.  He is setting his sights on leading the team to rebound from a Round 5 at the Monterey Grand Prix which was fraught with pitfalls that kept GMG from a solid World Challenge showing despite ALMS and IMSA podium finishes at the event.

“We have had some strong finishes so far in 2012 but not quite what we expected at this point in the season,” reveals Sofronas.   “There is still plenty of racing ahead of us and it starts with mixing things up a bit for Detroit by having David Welch join the GMG team.

Welch will drive the No. 77 Numerix / StopTech / GMG Racing 911 GT3 Cup car for both races in Detroit.  “David has shown a lot of promise in the Ferrari 430 he has been piloting, so I am looking forward to supporting him in our very own GMG Porsche,” says Sofronas

Anders Hainer continues to shakedown the world’s first World Challenge Audi R8 LMS during its debut season. The 2006 Grand-Am Champion has consistently piloted the No. 40 APS, Inc / Under Armour / GMG Audi R8 LMS to a stretch of middle-of-the-field GT class finishes despite being limited by severe restrictions imposed on the vehicle by SCCA.  “The Audi R8 LMS is an incredible platform when unfettered, but is a challenge to squeeze performance out of under the current setup dictated to qualify for World Challenge racing,” stated Hainer.  “This is not a season where I am keeping my eye on the checkered flag.  Instead, every race presents a learning opportunity for myself and the GMG crew behind the vehicle.”

2009 Rookie of the Year Bill Ziegler heads to Detroit with a definite goal in mind – get the No. 95 Swisher / GMG Mitsubishi EVO to the finish line.  Ziegler comes off of three tough GTS class events in a row, after being struck by another vehicle and then taken down by a pair of mechanical issues including a blown clutch.

“GMG Racing is stacked up with experienced professional drivers and crew supported by our invaluable sponsors including StopTech, Mobil 1, Pirelli Tires, APS, Numerix, Under Armour and Swisher,” concludes Sofronas.  “There is no doubt about what we are heading to Detroit to achieve.”

Round 6 and 7 of the 2012 Pirelli World Challenge season will be streamed live from Detroit’s Belle Isle at www.world-challengeTV.com on Saturday, June 2, starting at 2:50pm eastern and Sunday, June 3, starting at 11:50am eastern.  Live timing will be available for the race, qualifying, and practice events at www.world-challenge.com.

For more information about GMG Racing, visit www.GMGracing.com or keep up to date through Facebook (Team GMG), Twitter (@GMGracing) and YouTube (/GMGracing).

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GMG Racing Debuts Second Audi R8 LMS with NASA Sprint and Enduro Victories at Thunderhill

GMG Racing, the multi-series professional racing team and premier performance tuning facility for European vehicles in Southern California, debuted a second Audi R8 LMS with a pair of victories at Thunderhill Raceway on May 19 and 20. The victories mark the first competition wins ever by an Audi R8 LMS in North America.

GMG Racing rolled the Audi R8 LMS into the National Auto Sports Association (NASA) events with something to prove.  “The other Audi R8 LMS in the GMG Racing lineup has been running under very limiting restrictions imposed by SCCA in the Pirelli World Challenge Series,” pointed out GMG Racing president, co-founder, and lead driver James Sofronas.  “We have all been very eager to open up this second R8 on the track and show what we can do with it.”

“I simply went into the weekend beginning to understand the capabilities of the Audi R8 LMS on a new track,” said Alex Welch, GMG Racing driver and owner of the vehicle.  “The car far exceeded my expectations.”

“GMG Racing has been working with and testing this Audi R8 LMS extensively since it joined our team just a few months ago,” offered GMG Racing vice president and co-owner Fabryce Kutyba.  “We felt it was time to put it through the paces in real competition, which turned into a pair of wins and a significant amount of data we can use moving forward.”

Welch kicked off the weekend by qualifying for the top spot in Saturday’s sprint race after logging a best time around the 3.0 mile course while hitting an average of 95.967 mph.  That was all he needed to dominate the 12 lap Class C race later in the day.

GMG Racing kept the momentum up through Sunday for the featured race.  Sofronas joined Welch for the driving duties, splitting the scheduled 4 hour event evenly.  The duo roared through the race to a clean 4 lap margin of victory.

“The Audi R8 LMS is an amazing car to drive, and is made for this type of endurance racing,” noted Welch after the race.  “GMG did an amazing job supporting myself, James and the R8 LMS.”

“It was a perfect weekend with Alex winning the sprint race and then coming back on Sunday to help win the 4 hour enduro.  The team did a great job with the pit stops and strategy, and we learned a lot about this Audi,” reflected Sofronas.  “The car was strong throughout the entire race and the Pirelli tires were fantastic.  We ran the harder compound and the tires never gave up, in fact, we were running the fastest race laps at the end of the race after the tires had over 50 laps on them.”

GMG Racing has not revealed the next race event for this Audi R8 LMS but the other one in the GMG Racing stable will make its fourth appearance when the 2012 Pirelli World Challenge series hits Detroit on June 1-3.

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GMG Racing Scores American Le Mans Series and GT3 Cup Challenge Podiums at Laguna Seca

James Rene and Alex on the ALMS podiumGMG Racing, the multi-series professional racing team and premier performance tuning facility for European vehicles in Southern California, wrapped up an event filled week at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with a podium visit for a second place finish in the six hour long American Le Mans Series race on Saturday.  The team also earned a visit to the podium in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge and ran several cars in the Pirelli World Challenge events as part of the Monterey Grand Prix on the 11-turn, 2.358-mile circuit.

GMG Racing president, co-founder, and lead driver James Sofronas once again teamed up with co-drivers Alex Welch and Rene Villeneuve in the GTC class for Round 3 of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) for a second place finish. GMG Racing had logged a seventh place finish in the first round after recovering from a failed alternator and managed a fourth place Round 2 finish after suffering front splitter damage in the two prior races.

GMG Racing scores an ALMS podium at Laguna Seca“Welch, Villeneuve, myself, and the rest of the GMG Racing team came to Laguna Seca with a pledge to keep building up on our momentum,” stated Sofronas.  “We finished a tough Sebring race and just missed the podium in Long Beach despite damage the car, so we knew if we ran a tight race we could get ourselves on the podium.”

The trio had their work cut out for them after qualifying in position 7 out of 7 for the GTC class on Friday.  They came back to deliver a podium-worthy performance on Saturday after James, Alex and Rene drove strong, consistent stints to start the race.  James got back into the car for the final stint and worked his way from 4th into 2nd, finishing just 12 seconds behind the winning car.

Bryce Miller represented GMG Racing for rounds 5 and 6 of the 2012 Yokohama IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge in the No. 35 GMG Racing 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car.  The 2011 Pirelli Driver’s Cup National Champion rolled into Monterey following third place podium visits in his two prior races.  Miller turned in a 10th place finish for the first race on Friday in a car that suffered contact on the track.  The 21-year-old roared back for another visit to the podium by finishing third on Saturday after starting eighth.  A hard charge and a brilliant pass near the end of the race sealed the strong finish for Miller.

“We were not even sure if we could get the car ready to race after how banged up the car got yesterday,” admitted Miller.  “I can’t thank the guys at GMG Racing enough for the hard work.”  The momentum has carried Miller into fourth place in Platinum class point standings.

In Pirelli World Challenge racing, it was Bret Curtis who led the pack for GMG Racing in the race on Saturday.  Curtis gained three spots from his GT class start in the No. 32 Spectra Resources/United Steel/GMG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car to finish 10th in his first World Challenge race in 2012 for GMG.

GMG Racing and 2006 Grand-Am Champion Anders Hainer continued to shake down the world’s first World Challenge spec Audi R8 LMS. The No. 40 APS, Inc / Under Armour / GMG Audi R8 LMS placed 13th on Saturday.  This follows up 11th and 10th place finishes at the vehicle’s other two races so far during this debut season.

Sofronas piloted the No. 14 GMG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in hopes of defending or improving his third place standings in the World Challenge GT class Drivers Championship.  A third best time during a practice session earlier in the week and a qualifying run that earned him a fourth place start could not overcome the rare mechanical issue during Saturday’s race that took the car out by the 11th lap.  Sofronas now rides fifth in Championship points.

Dino Crescentini also found himself on the sidelines early.  Crescentini had rolled out a third best time in the No. 4 StopTech/GMG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car during the first practice session and scored a fifth place start for the race during the qualifying event.  However Crescentini retired from the race early after 8 laps when he made contact with a lapped GTS car that caused some suspension damage.

In GTS class racing, Bill Ziegler qualified 13th for the race in the No. 95 Swisher / GMG Mitsubishi EVO.  After an incredible launch off the line, the AWD EVO was too much for the clutch and Bill had to pull over on the first lap with mechanical problems.

“It was another competitive run of racing events for GMG Racing supported by our great sponsors including StopTech, Mobil 1, Pirelli Tires, APS, Under Armour and Swisher,” concluded Sofronas.  “GMG Racing once again emerged with successes that we look to build on as we move into mid-season across the several racing series the team participates in.”

GMG Racing’s 2012 multi-series racing season continues when the 2012 Pirelli World Challenge series hits Detroit on June 1-3 followed by IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge racing from June 8-10 in Montreal.  The next ALMS race is slated for July 6-7 at Lime Rock.

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GMG Racing Looks To Turn Early Season Successes Into Mid-Season Momentum At Monterey Grand Prix

GMG Racing, the multi-series professional racing team and premier performance tuning facility for European vehicles in Southern California, is fielding seven cars across the three racing series at the 2012 Monterey Grand Prix this week including five in the Pirelli World Challenge. The team is looking to build momentum after a splash of podium finishes and other success so far in 2012.

“The 2012 racing season is well under way and now we approach the time when teams either join the hunt or fall behind,” points out GMG Racing president, co-founder, and lead driver James Sofronas.  “We feel like hunting.”

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Sofronas started the Pirelli World Challenge season off with a trip to the podium on a second place finish and has followed up with a pair of fourth place finishes.  This has earned his way into third place in the GT class Drivers Championship standings.  He will take the wheel of the No. 14 GMG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car for Friday’s Round 5 of the Pirelli World Challenge.

Bret Curtis suits up with GMG Racing for Pirelli World Challenge racing for the first time this season.  He will pilot the No. 32 Spectra Resources/United Steel/GMG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in the GT class.  Curtis has driven for GMG Racing several times over prior seasons and most recently was a co-driver with Sofronas at the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona earlier this year.

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The world’s first World Challenge Audi R8 LMS continues its debut season with a third GT class race at the hands of 2006 Grand-Am Champion Anders Hainer.  The No. 40 APS, Inc / Under Armour / GMG Audi R8 LMS placed 11th at the Grand Prix of Long Beach then came in 10th at the Utah Grand Prix.

Dino Crescentini returns to the driver’s seat of the No. 4 StopTech/GMG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car for a spin in the GT class after sitting out the recent Pirelli World Challenge stop at the Utah Grand Prix.  Crescentini has scored three World Challenge victories and a slew of top 3 finishes across his career.  He’ll be seeking his first podium of the season at the Monterey Grand Prix.

Bill Ziegler will be aiming to make the third time a charm for the No. 95 Swisher / GMG Mitsubishi EVO in the GTS class after two incomplete races in a row.  His bid ended in the first lap at the Grand Prix of Long Beach after being struck by another vehicle.  Mechanical issues took him down partway into the next race at the Utah Grand Prix.

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After wrapping up the Pirelli World Challenge race on Friday, James Sofronas will get behind the wheel of the No. 32 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car on Saturday for the six-hour-long third stop for the 2012 American Le Mans Series.  He will be joined by co-drivers Alex Welch and Rene Villeneuve in the GTC class.

GMG Racing logged a 7th place finish in the ALMS season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring after recovering from a failed alternator.  The team went on to manage a 4th place finish for Round 2 in Long Beach after suffering damage to the front splitter from a wayward cone on the track.

The Monterey Grand Prix will also be the 5th and 6th stop for the 2012 Yokohama IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Series.  Bryce Miller will represent GMG Racing again in the No. 35 GMG Racing 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car.  He will come off a hot pair of races in Utah where the 2011 Pirelli Driver’s Cup National Champion visited the podium twice in third place.

“GMG Racing’s drivers, cars, and crew are all poised for victory this season,” notes Sofronas.  “This home state event at Laguna Seca is an important part of our overall drive to win in 2012.”

Round 5 of the 2012 Pirelli World Challenge season will be streamed live on Friday, May 11, at www.world-challengeTV.com and live timing will be available for the race, qualifying, and practice events at www.world-challenge.com.  The American Le Mans Series race will be broadcast a day after the race on Sunday, May 13, at 5:00pm ET on ESPN2 with live streaming of the race and qualifying available through ESPN3 and complete live timing at www.alms.com.

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GMG Racing Emerges from Utah Grand Prix with Two IMSA Podiums and in the World Challenge Championship Hunt

GMG Racing emerged from the 2012 Utah Grand Prix with lead driver James Sofronas in the top 3 for the Pirelli World Challenge Drivers Championship plus with a pair of IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge podium finishes courtesy of 2011 Pirelli Driver’s Cup National Champion Bryce Miller.

The twenty-one year old Miller, who joined GMG Racing for the 2012 season, cruised to a third place finish in Saturday’s race. “It was a good day. The team had a great set up for me,” noted Miller, who “settled into a rhythm and relaxed and brought it home and was happy with my podium finish.”

Sunday was a bit more of a bumpy ride. Miller ran close in the top three out front until he spun in turn seven, also known as “Witchcraft,” and was thrown 18 seconds behind. He was able to continue on and maintain third place for another visit to the podium. “It was a matter of seconds and the car was coming around on me,” said Miller about the spin. “The two leaders drove a fantastic race and I was sticking with them for awhile until my mishap. I went into cruise control after that and tried to conserve third.”

The two races were Rounds 3 and 4 of the Yokohama IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge.  “I am more than pleased to be back on the box in these 3rd and 4th rounds of the series,” concluded Miller. GMG Racing provided me with an excellently set up car and all the tools necessary to be successful at this event and it certainly showed.  The team and myself did exactly what was necessary to keep the car clean and bring home some critical championship points.”

GMG Racing also made headway for the Pirelli World Challenge stop at the Utah Grand Prix.  GMG Racing president, co-founder, and lead driver James Sofronas cracked into the top 3 in the hunt for the Drivers Championship in the GT Class.  His 7th place finish in the No. 14 GMG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car edged him over Lawson Aschenbach in the point standings.

“The momentum from a pair of fourth place finishes and a second place run in the first three rounds helped me turn today’s finish into progress for the Driver’s Championship,” stated Sofronas.  “Now I am looking forward to building up that momentum with some strong finishes as the season progresses.”

2006 Grand-Am Champion Anders Hainer took the No. 40 APS, Inc / Under Armour / GMG Audi R8 LMS for its sophomore run in the GT class.  The vehicle, the first of its kind approved for Pirelli World Challenge racing, debuted at The Grand Prix of Long Beach to an 11th place finish only 2 weeks after arriving in America from Germany.  The car ran to a 10th place finish this weekend as both driver and team continue to shakedown and collect data from this first-of-its-kind Audi.

Bill Ziegler saw his race cut short for the second time in a row.   This weekend he qualified 8th in the GTS class out of 18 in the No. 95 Swisher / GMG Mitsubishi EVO.  Unfortunately he was again forced to retire early for mechanical issues. Back in Round 3 he was punted out of the race in the first lap by another car.  Experienced driver Erich Joiner, who was scheduled to suit up for GMG Racing for the first time and take the wheel of the No. 4 StopTech / GMG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, ended up sitting out the race.

“It was a full weekend of racing supported by our great sponsors including StopTech, Mobil 1, Pirelli Tires, APS, Under Armour and Swisher,” summarized Sofronas.  “The Utah Grand Prix came with some triumphs for GMG Racing.  Our job now is to turn up the heat for the rest of the season.”

GMG Racing returns to the track for another full weekend of racing May 10-12 at the Monterey Grand Prix.  For more information about GMG Racing, visit www.GMGracing.com or keep up to date through Facebook (Team GMG), Twitter (@GMGracing) and YouTube (/GMGracing).

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GMG Racing To Tackle ‘Four Factor’ As Pirelli World Challenge Races Into Utah Grand Prix

The number four would seem to be an important one to GMG Racing, the multi-series professional racing team and premier performance tuning facility for European vehicles in Southern California.  All four of GMG’s GT class cars, which race in the 2012 Pirelli World Challenge series, carry this number from the No. 4, No. 14, and No. 44 Porsches to the No. 40 Audi R8 LMS.

GMG Racing president, co-founder, and lead driver James Sofronas has a pair of fourth place finishes this season after starting off with a trip to the podium in second.  He currently sits fourth in the Drivers Championship standings in the GT class.

Now the team prepares to field four cars for the fourth round of the 2012 Pirelli World Challenge series in the fourth month of the year in the GT class with Bill Ziegler running the only GTS classed car in his Mitsubishi EVO.  “The numbers we like to look at are lap times, though maybe we’ll keep our eyes extra open during Lap 4,” muses Sofronas, who will once again be behind the wheel of the No. 14 GMG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in the GT class.  The race will follow up his fourth place run during The Grand Prix of Long Beach two weeks ago.  “GMG Racing has a great lineup of drivers and cars in store for Miller Motorsports Park supported by an outstanding crew.”

2006 Grand-Am Champion Anders Hainer will take the No. 40 APS, Inc / Under Armour / GMG Audi R8 LMS for its sophomore run in the GT class.  The vehicle, the first of its kind approved for Pirelli World Challenge racing, debuted at The Grand Prix of Long Beach only 2 weeks after arriving in America from Germany.  “We’ve had a chance to shakedown the vehicle a little more through two track days and a full World Challenge event,” notes Sofronas.  “Hainer is a very capable and experienced driver who will also look to pull more from the car as he gets additional time with this impressive Audi.”

Bill Ziegler will be on hand looking to recover from an early end to his last race. The No. 95 Swisher / GMG Mitsubishi EVO had its GTS class bid end on the first lap of the Grand Prix of Long Beach after getting punted by another GTS car.  Ziegler had launched into 6th place on the opening as the AWD EVO excelled on the standing start for Bill as he launched the car from his 11th starting spot.  Round 4 at Miller Motorsports Park looms under a slight chance of showers for the Friday qualifying event and Saturday race and Bill wouldn’t mind a little rain at all.

Experienced driver Erich Joiner will suit up for GMG Racing for the first time this weekend.  He will take the wheel of the No. 4 StopTech / GMG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, rounding out the 4 GT classed vehicles slated for World Challenge Racing in Utah.

GMG Racing will also participate in two other races as part of the Utah Grand Prix.  Twenty-one year old 2011 Pirelli Driver’s Cup National Champion Bryce Miller will again represent GMG Racing for Round 3 and 4 of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Series.  Miller will pilot the No. 35 GMG Racing 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car for races on Saturday and Sunday, looking to build on his 9th and 7th place finishes in the first two rounds, respectively.

The 2012 Pirelli Drivers Cup season starts at the Utah Grand Prix.  The series will run two races over the weekend.  GMG Racing will be represented by Dave Leyvas in his 2008 997 Cup Car as this will be his second time suiting up for GMG Racing in his career.

“It will be another big weekend of racing for GMG that would not be possible without the support of our great sponsors including StopTech, Mobil 1, Pirelli Tires, APS, Under Armour and Swisher,” concludes Sofronas.

The Pirelli World Challenge race will be streamed live at www.world-challengetv.com and other information about the race including live timing for all the World Challenge events can be found at www.world-challenge.com. Live timing for the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge events is available at www.imsachallenge.com.

For more information about GMG Racing, visit www.GMGracing.com or keep up to date through Facebook (GMG Racing), Twitter (@GMGracing) and YouTube (/GMGracing).

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Press Contact: Jonathan Zaleski / The PR Collective / 310-943-7143 / jonathan@theprcollective.com

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GMG Races Strong, Debuts Audi R8 LMS, Narrowly Misses Podium Finishes at 2012 Grand Prix of Long Beach

GMG Racing, the multi-series professional racing team and premier performance tuning facility for European vehicles in Southern California, successfully debuted the world’s first World Challenge Audi R8 LMS at the 2012 Grand Prix of Long Beach while racing a total of six cars across two races that included a pair of fourth place finishes.

“It was a weekend full of challenges and successes for GMG Racing as we fielded more cars than any other team in weather ranging from terrible to perfect,” noted GMG Racing president, co-founder, and lead driver James Sofronas.

Sofronas was the only GMG Racing driver to participate in both the Pirelli World Challenge and Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series races this weekend. He placed 4th in the ALMS race on Saturday night in the No. 32 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car along with co-driver Alex Welch in the GTC class. The race hit a snag early for GMG when Welch had contact with a prototype vehicle. Later during Sofronas’ turn at the wheel, a cone kicked up by another vehicle smacked into the car and damaged the front-splitter for the rest of the race.

“Despite the setbacks Alex and I managed to keep our focus, and with the support of our amazing crew we ended up in fourth, just shy of the podium but up two positions better than we started,” said Sofronas.

For Sunday’s World Challenge Race, Sofronas took the wheel of the No. 14 GMG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in the GT class. The 2009 winner and last year’s runner up again pulled a 4th place finish, running nose to tail with teammate Dino Crescentini for part of the time in the No. 4 StopTech/GMG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

“All in all I had a pretty good World Challenge race,” summarized Sofronas. “We got a great start and both Dino and I squeezed past Lawson Aschenbach to get into 5th and 6th respectively. We each gained another spot by lap 2 and I passed Dino on lap 4. From there I had to contend with a very strong Ferrari into Turn 1 which caused me to become defensive in the braking zones. This allowed the top 3 cars to pull away for the rest of the race, especially after I lost another few seconds through contact with a lapped Mustang.”

The attention-getting car was the world’s first World Challenge Audi R8 LMS, which made its racing debut for the Pirelli World Challenge stop in Long Beach at the Grand Prix. GMG took delivery of the vehicle from Germany less than two weeks before the race and worked around the clock to get it tested and adapted to World Challenge spec in time.

The car posted the third best time in its first official practice session, which was a very wet affair with rain and a touch of hail pounding the track on Friday morning. From a 13th place start the No. 40 GMG Audi R8 LMS piloted by 2006 Grand-Am champion Anders Hainer held its own in Sunday’s race. Despite having two stalled cars block the way at the start, Hainer managed to gain two spots to wrap up an 11th place finish.

“It was an exciting honor to debut the world’s first World Challenge Audi R8 LMS at a legendary event like the Grand Prix of Long Beach,” said Hainer. “It would not have been possible without the support of McKenna Audi, Under Armour and GMG Racing, and on a personal level from my friends and family who were at the race. GMG Racing’s team of guys did a fantastic job getting the car as good as we could in just a week or so, since the car came in from Germany. Now I look forward to working with GMG Racing to further develop this great car as the season progresses.”

“This Audi R8 LMS is the heart of the Audi racing program at GMG,” points out GMG vice president and co-owner Fabryce Kutyba. “It will get focused attention by our development team as we continue to shape the vehicle’s track characteristics and engineer performance motorsport parts for this platform.”

Brent Holden made his 2012 GMG Racing debut in Long Beach behind the wheel of the No. 44 GMG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car in the GT class this weekend. He ran a solid race with lap times faster than his qualifying times to finish right behind Hainer in 12th place.

The big disappointment for the weekend occurred when the No. 95 Swisher / GMG Mitsubishi EVO had its GTS class bid end in the first lap of the Sunday race after getting struck by another vehicle. Bill Ziegler had earned the car a 6th place start after the 4WD vehicle excelled in the damp qualifying session under his skilled driving.

“A team of experienced drivers and a superlative crew came together for a fantastic weekend of driving supported by our great sponsors including StopTech, Mobil 1, Pirelli Tires, Swisher, Tracks.io and Endless,” concluded Sofronas.

The Pirelli World Challenge at the Grand Prix of Long Beach will air on the NBC Sports Network (formally Versus) on Sunday, April 29th at 3-4:30PM eastern. The next stop for the series is the Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park on April 26-27. The American Le Mans Series moves on to Laguna Seca for the American Le Mans Monterey from May11-13.

For more information about GMG Racing, visit http://www.GMGracing.com or keep up to date through Facebook (GMG Racing), Twitter (@GMGracing) and YouTube (/GMGracing).

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Press Contact: Jonathan Zaleski / The PR Collective / 310-943-7143 / jonathan@theprcollective.com

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