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September 16, 2010

James Sofronas: One Driver, Two Weekends, Four Podiums

Congratulations are in order for James Sofronas for pulling out all the stops in Virginia last weekend as part of the 2010 SCCA World Challenge Series. For the second time this season, he landed dual podium visits in the same weekend on StopTech brakes for GMG Racing and Team StopTech.
His first two-fer was just last month at Mid-Ohio when he landed first and second during the two race weekend. This time he pulled in both second and third at the Virginia International Raceway in his No. 14 Global Motorsports Group Porsche 911 GT3 featuring StopTech Trophy brakes.

Sofronas battled hard for his second place finish on Saturday after pulling away with the starting pack. Andy Pilgrim gapped Sofronas early, but by lap 13 that gap began to shrink. By lap 17, the two were running nose-to-tail. A brake-fueled pass in Turn One assured him a second place finish with Pilgrim left behind and earned him the Clean Pass of the Race award.

Sunday's third place visit to the podium was well-earned. A rough start had him ninth place by the second lap. One notable move on his quest for the podium was his pass of  Jason Daskalos in the No. 5 Daskalos Developments Dodge Viper for fifth position in Turn Two on lap 12 which earned him the Move of the Race.

"I started picking off guys and then I’d make a mistake and fall back," admitted Sofronas. "I think I passed seven cars…twice. The car was more than capable but I was just not driving in my limits. I’m pretty lucky to finish third. It’s a testament to this GMG team and the Porsche.”

The last round of the 2010 season takes place on October 1-3 at the Utah Grand Prix.