Los Angeles (April 20, 2009) – James Sofronas captured his second career SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge win by closing out the 35th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday with a commanding first place finish. Sofronas took the lead by the second lap of the race and never let it go in his No. 14 Global Motorsports Group Porsche 911 GT3 equipped with StopTech’s new Trophy Brake System.
“This victory in Long Beach was all about the StopTech brakes,” Sofronas stated from the podium during the award ceremony next to the winding track that ran all weekend through downtown Long Beach, California. “I owe this race to StopTech. The brakes did what I needed, when I needed it.” StopTech is Centric Parts’ ultra performance division and a leading innovator of world-class brake components and systems for production-based racing cars and high performance vehicles on the street and track
Sofronas on his way to victory on StopTech brakes in Long Beach 2009Long Beach was the second stop for the 2009 SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Series. The season kicked off last month at Sebring, Florida. That event featured the premier of StopTech’s Trophy Brake Systems which earned the company’s CEO and Sofronas’ teammate on GMG Racing , Dino Crescentini, a pole position start after clocking the fastest lap during the qualifying round.
“StopTech’s Trophy Brake Systems have helped GMG Racing’s Porsches earn either a pole position or podium start for each race of the season so far,” noted Crescentini. “It is still early in the season, but it is nice to see GMG Racing get a running start with StopTech.” Crescentini   was unable to pursue a repeat performance in Long Beach after a mechanical issue lead to his vehicle crashing out during an earlier practice session.
Trophy Big Brake Kits feature ultra-lightweight racing calipers in four- or six-piston configurations providing a 20-percent weight reduction without sacrificing stiffness or performance. Full floating versions of StopTech’s patented AeroRotor/AeroHat two-piece rotors eliminate pad knock-back and increase cooling airflow by 15% for consistent performance and pedal feedback under the unique combination of hard cornering and braking found on the track. Trophy BBKs are billed as making no compromises found on hybrid systems designed for both street and track. 
StopTech is Centric Parts’ ultra performance division and a leading innovator of world-class brake components and systems for production-based racing cars and high performance vehicles on the street and track. StopTech was the first to offer balanced brake upgrades for production cars and remains the worldwide leader with more than 700 platform offerings to dramatically improve overall braking performance. StopTech’s industry leading technologies and materials, from rock-solid calipers to ingeniously efficient heat-handling rotors, result in shorter stopping distances, better brake modulation, and less brake fade.
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