Timeline of Awards and Honors

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AAIA 2017

  • Pronto - Supplier of the Year
  • APA -- Outstanding IT Partner
  • Mackenzie Warehouse -- Service Award

  • XL Parts -- Partnership Award & Representative of the Year
  • Levine Auto & Truck Parts -- Vendor of the Year


  • AIA -Best Catalog
  • AutoBild Magazine - StopTech voted Best Big Brake Kit in comparison test
  • FMSI –  Award for New Assignments & Applications
  • Mackenzie WarehouseDistinguished Service Award
  • NPW – Million Dollar Vendor Club
  • Turn14 Distribution Supplier of the Year
  • StopTech Racing:
    • Pirelli World Challenge Championships - Official Brakes & Friction
      • GT - Overall and class win St. Petersburg
      • TC - 2nd and 3rd in Championship
      • GTS - 3rd in Championship
    • Trans-Am
      • TA2 - 2nd and 3rd
      • TA3 - 1st
    • US Touring Car - 2nd
    • TUDOR
    • Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
    • NASCAR Whelan Southern Modified Tour - 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
    • NASCAR Whelan Modified Tour – 2nd & 5th
    • ROC Asphalt Mod – 2nd & 4th
    • Bowman Gray Series - 2nd, 3rd, 4th
    • World of Outlaws Sprint Cars – 1st, 3rd, 4th
    • Lucas Oil Late Model - 1st & 5th
    • TORC
      • Pro Light - 1st
      • Pro 2 - 1st, 4th, 5th
    • LOORRS – Several wins in multiple classes
      • Pro 2 - 4th
      • Pro 4 - 4th & 5th
      • Pro Lite - 2nd & 5th
    • Best In The Desert
    • 4 Wheel Parts Nitto National Championship - 1st
  • Wins – Hundreds of wins at professional and amateur levels of road racing, circle track racing, off-road racing, drifting, hillclimb and more; including NASCAR, SCCA, Grand-Am, LOORS, NASA, and Time-Attack, among others


  • San Gabriel Valley Training Center - Ten Year Partner Awards

StopTech Racing:
    • Pirelli World Challenge - Official Brakes & Friction
      • TC Class - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th in Championship
      • GTS - 2nd in Championship
    • Trans-Am
      • TA2 1st and 2nd
    • US Touring Car - 1st, 3rd, 5th
    • NASCAR Whelan Southern Modified Tour - 2nd, 3rd, 4th
    • NASCAR Whelan Modified Tour – 2nd
    • ROC Asphalt Mod – 1st
    • Bowman Gray Series - 3rd, 4th
    • World of Outlaws Sprint Cars – 2nd, 6th, 7th
    • TORC
      • Pro Light - 1st, 4th, 5th
    • LOORS – Several wins in multiple classes
      • Pro 2 - 4th
      • Pro 4 - 4th, 5th, 6th
      • Pro Lite - 4th
  • Wins – Hundreds of wins at professional and amateur levels of road racing, circle track racing, off-road racing, drifting, hillclimb and more; including NASCAR, SCCA, Grand-Am, LOORS, NASA, and Time-Attack, among others





  • Company Founded
Certification & Patents

In 2013, 
StopTech earned full ISO/TS 16949:2009 Quality Management System certification for the design and manufacture of automotive brake systems and components, allowing the company to supply OEM vehicle assembly plants directly in a Tier 1 relationship. In 2016, two Centric divisions earned extensions of their ISO/TS certifications, further demonstrating Centric’s commitment to excellence. The StopTech high performance and racing brand has earned a renewal of its ISO9001-TS16949 Quality Management System certification at its plant in Compton, California, while the Qualis division has earned a renewal of its ISO9001:2008 Quality Management System certification at its Customer Service and Distribution Center in Hebron, Kentucky. Additionally, StopTech has earned four patents for its advanced technology.

The ability to absorb and dissipate heat is essential to brake system performance. StopTech incorporates several patented design innovations to improve rotor airflow, cooling and heat capacity. This translates into greater resistance to brake fade, faster recovery from temperature spikes generated by aggressive braking maneuvers, reduced pad wear and significantly increased rotor life.

US Patent Number 6796405
The patented AeroRotor® features curved vanes with innovations on leading and trailing edges. The uniquely designed vanes inside the disc optimize airflow through the rotor. This improved directional design minimizes turbulence and flows more air than any other rotor tested. The result is up to 80 percent better airflow than some original equipment rotors and 10-30 percent better airflow than other currently available directional vaned racing rotors.
Air channels widen at the trailing edge of the cooling vanes. This allows more space for heated air to expand and therefore, more flow. The curved leading edge of the cooling vane facilitates flow into air channels and the "airfoil" shape increases airflow speed and keeps air attached to vane walls to draw off more heat. Improved airflow decreases brake fade, extends rotor and pad life and increases performance.

US Patent Number 7380645B1
Outer rotor faces run hotter. To solve this problem the patented StopTech AeroHat® has directional stand-offs between the rotor and the mounting hat that increase airflow to the outside of the rotor surface by 50-100 percent. The StopTech Aerohat improves overall brake system airflow by up to 4 percent.

Stiffer calipers mean better performance and feel. Fully forged StopTech 2-piece calipers have the lowest amount of flex and deflection among 25 of the leading caliper models (including some monoblock designs) from well-known manufacturers.

US Patent Number 6302243B1 
Using finite element analysis (FEA) modeling software, StopTech has designed a bolt-in bridge which is strong enough to virtually eliminate caliper distortion without sacrificing cooling through the top of the caliper. StopTech calipers have the least amount of flex of any tested aftermarket or original equipment brake caliper. Reduced caliper flex improves pedal feel under extreme braking conditions.
Stiffer calipers improve stopping performance, reduce noise, vibration and pad taper. The air channel in the bridge is specifically designed to promote airflow through the retainer, resulting in enhanced cooling. Competitor caliper designs feature fixed bridges requiring removal of the caliper to change brake pads. StopTech's bolt-in bridge allows changing pads without disturbing the caliper mounting.

US Patent Number 6357561
Thermal expansion bushing that significantly reduces compression slot expansion.
US Patent Number 8776956
Brake pistons and piston noses designed to significantly reduce the amount of thermal energy that is transfered to the brake fluid and caliper.
US Patent Number 8733518
Wedge-Drive© HP drive pin assembly.


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