SANTA ANA, Calif. – Just a few days after the most recent round of Pirelli World Challenge competition at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Global Motorsports Group (GMG) will arrive at this weekend’s SprintX round of the GTS category ready to continue their championship fight in to the historic Lime Rock Park, located in Lakeville, Connecticut. Following two wins in as many weekends of the series, the combination of Alex Welch and James Sofronas will once again be joined by George Kurtz and Colin Braun with their pair of Audi R8 LMS GT4 machines, as well as a new addition Jason Bell, also in an Audi.
“Lime Rock is always one of the most demanding events on the calendar,” stated GMG team owner James Sofronas. “Growing up in the New York area, Lime Rock always acts as sort of a homecoming for me. I’ve been racing there since 1994, and in such it’s always a venue we always set high expectations for. The tight confines always lead to on-track excitement, which with our championship fight is going to be critical to not get caught up in. I couldn’t ask for a better teammate in Alex, who has been a huge part of this effort. Being joined again George and Colin of course doubles our chances for a big weekend. George continues to show pace every weekend he runs, and with Colin they’re an incredible duo. Jason Bell is a late addition but a welcome one, as he’s shown a lot of talent in past races and we hope to demonstrate what our program is all about.”
Driving the No. 14 Mobil 1 / The Thermal Club / 5.11 Tactical Audi R8 LMS GT4, Alex Welch and James Sofronas will once again return to the cockpit after a winning weekend together in Virginia. With victory in the first two SprintX weekends, the duo currently lead the points championship, but with six races remaining there’s plenty on the table.
In the No. 04 CrowdStrike Audi R8 LMS GT4, George Kurtz and Colin Braun will return in search of continued results. Running some of the most competitive times in the category, the twists and elevations of Lime Rock Park should suit their machine well, with their first podium of the season firmly in sight.
“Last year, I came close to a podium finish at Lime Rock,” said Kurtz. “This year, I’ll have Colin as my co-driver which is a big asset for the No. 04 car. I know we can lay down some fast lap times, so it’s just a matter of working with the team to employ a smart strategy for this track.”
A late addition, Jason Bell enters the team as a previous winner in GTSA competition. A veteran of karting and SCCA competition, Bell moved up to the Pirelli World Challenge ranks in 2017, taking a victory at VIRginia International Raceway and earning multiple top-fives.
“I’m really excited to join GMG,” explained Bell. “At every event in 2018, they have been at the front of the field and are committed to winning. They have knowledgeable staff, high quality mechanics and experience that is second to none. With other drivers in the program, I will be able to better myself with the use of their data and feedback and can’t wait to get to Connecticut.”
Practice for this weekend’s Grand Prix of Lime Rock will begin on Friday, May 25, with a double-header of action scheduled for Monday, May 28. Monday morning’s Race One will take place at 9:55 ET, with Race Two just a few hours later at 2:25PM ET. Live coverage will be available via world-challenge.com/streamvideo.
Founded in 2001 by James Sofronas, GMG has quickly established itself as North America’s premier performance tuning and racing facility. What began as a small 1,200 sq. ft. shop, maintaining two race cars, has grown into a 30,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art performance tuning, racing and service facility located in (Orange County) Santa Ana, California. The staff’s experience, attention to detail, and passion are what make GMG the choice of professionals and enthusiasts world wide. Whether you want to maximize the performance of your street car, or race wheel-to-wheel on both amateur and professional racing series across North America, GMG’s reputation for service and quality is unmatched.
Learn more at www.gmgracing.com
About The Thermal Club
Established in 2012, The Thermal Club is a private motorsports country club surrounding one of the longest and most distinct racing circuits in North America. Located near Palm Springs CA, the exclusive club offers members access to three racetracks, kart track, autocross, skid pad, tuning shop, garage, detail shop, clubhouse restaurant and spa. One of the defining attributes of The Thermal Club are the luxury villa-homes that are built next to the track and overlook the facility. For more information visit www.TheThermalClub.com.
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About Mobil 1
Conventional oil is simply refined crude oil. Mobil 1 synthetic oil, however, is not only refined, but it is also distilled, purified, and broken down into its basic molecules. It is then rebuilt and added to, so that it can better protect against wear, high heat, cold weather and sludge buildup. Ultimately, this process helps your car’s engine run better for longer. You can explore more about these benefits below.
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With an extensive client base of leading global brands, CrowdStrike will be utilizing the Pirelli World Challenge as a hub for experiential entertainment, B2B networking, and as a forum for meeting with a litany of customers, prospects and partners. Race weekends will include executive-level security industry roundtables, combined with VIP access to the most compelling aspects of each racing venue. With a premium on forging and solidifying relationships, the utilization of both the series and GMG offers a great opportunity for the company to extend their platform.
You can learn more about CrowdStrike’s involvement in motorsports at crowdstrikeracing.com.
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John Wise, a former automotive engineer and now CEO of Loci, developed the ideas behind LOCIsearch directly from his experiences in the racing industry. Loci is working alongside traditional processes to increase opportunities for inventors and innovators across industries like racing. For more on Loci, please visit https://loci.io and on Twitter at @Loci_io.
About 5.11 Tactical
5.11 Tactical. 5.11 Tactical is an Irvine, California-based brand of clothing consisting of uniforms and tactical equipment for military, law enforcement and public safety personnel. The company also operates a chain of retail stores, with 13 locations as of January 2017.
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Spyder was founded by avid skier and outdoor athlete David Jacobs. He rose to world-class rankings as a competitive skier, and stayed connected to the sport he loves by coaching, designing related products, and building one of the most powerful brands in the industry. His dedication to the sport of skiing and the Spyder brand is as inspiring as it is intriguing. Spyder’s growth exploded over the turn of the century, and the company is now the largest ski-specialty brand in the world. David has recently discovered the adrenaline rush in racing classic Formula One cars, finding success – not surprisingly – in this new pastime. For a man who’s thrived on sports, technology, and professional advancement, the world is sure to see David go a few more times around the track.
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