James Sofronas

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James Sofronas
HOMETOWN: Villa Park, CA
AGE: 49






Pirelli World Challenge GTA 14 GMG Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R

GMG Racing
Porsche 911 GT3 R

Personal Information

Married to Nargis and the couple have a daughter Chloe and son Jenson. Graduate of Babson College with a Bachelor's degree in Finance and Marketing. Is the Owner and President of Global Motorsports Group, specializing in High Performance Tuning and Servicing of European automobiles as well as motorsports and arrive and driving racing programs. Drives an Audi S8 on the street. Favorite food is whatever his wife is cooking. Any sportscar racing is his TV programming of choice. Lists Hans Stuck as his racing hero and Road America as his favorite track.

Driving Highlights

Pirelli World Challenge GTA Driver's Champion 2017

Pirelli World Challenge SprintX GT Pro/Am Driver's Champion 2017


Began racing Showroom Stock B in 1994 and made his World Challenge debut at Road America, finishing ninth in Super Production. Made five starts in 1995, finishing in the top–10 twice. In 1996, made three starts in T2 and one in T1, resulting in two top–10s and a front–row start at Lime Rock. In 1999, made one SPEED Touring Car start, finishing sixth at Laguna Seca. Won several BMW Club Races. In 2000, made two SPEED GT starts and two Speedvision Touring Car starts, recording a best finish of 15th in Touring Car at Road Atlanta. All starts were in BMWs. Ran eight SPEED GT races in a BMW M3 with a season–best finish of ninth at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Finished 14th overall in points. 2001 USTCC Champion in a BMW 328i with five wins out of seven races. In 2002, ran in five SPEED Touring Car races driving a BMW 325is. Recorded one top–10 finish at Mosport (second race) in sixth place. Started on the front row at Road America. Recorded one top–10 finish in nine SPEEDTouring Car starts in 2003. In 2004, ran the full 10–event SPEED Touring Car slate, recording four top–five and nine top–10 finishes in a BMW 325Ci. Finished fourth in the Driver’s point championship standings. Led the majority of the event at Mosport before finishing fourth. In 2005 raced in SPEED GT for the first time since 2001, piloted a Porsche 911 Cup to a pair of top–five finishes and three top–10s. Best qualifier came at Lime Rock, where he started fourth and finished third. At Laguna, started eighth on the grid before winding up fifth. Finished ninth in the 2006 SPEED GT Driver’s Championship behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3. Recorded three top–five finishes and five top–10 finishes. In 2007, continued SPEED GT racing in his Global Motorsports Group Porsche 911 GT3, collecting five top–10 finishes. Best result was a fifth at Sebring. Entered all but the final round of the SPEED Touring Car Championship in a Tecmark/GMG BMW 325Ci. Earned three top–five finishes, including runner–up finishes at Lime Rock Park and the second half of the Watkins Glen doubleheader. Finished seventh in the final points, making him the SPEED Touring Car 2007 Toyo Cup winner, awarded to the highest placing driver in the Championship whose primary occupation is not racing. Finished 2008 in fourth in the SPEED GT Driver’s Championship, finishing nine of 10 rounds in the top 10 driving a Global Motorsports Group Porsche 911 GT3. Earned first World Challenge victory in 99th start at New Jersey Motorsports Park, which helped Porsche clinch its seventh Manufacturer’s Championship. Entered three SPEED Touring Car events with a Tecmark BMW 325Ci, earning a top–10 finish at each. In 2009, had his most successful season in World Challenge, finishing 2nd in the GT Championship and earning his second and third career wins (Long Beach and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca). Was also on the podium at Watkins Glen and Mid–Ohio and was the fastest qualifier at Autobahn. In 2010, finished 3rd in GT Driver’s Championship with a win in Round 9 at Mid–Ohio and nine top five finishes. In 2011 finished fourth overall in GT Driver’s Championship with seven top 5 results. In 2012, finished 9th in GT Driver’s Championship. Five top 5 finishes in 2012. In 2013, finished 2nd overall in GT Driver’s Championship. Won three races (St. Petersburg Round 2, Long Beach, Circuit of The Americas Round 5). In 2014, finished sixth overall in GT Driver’s Championship. In 2015, ran a partial season to step back and support his clients. In 2016, he started 10 races (seven GT, two SprintX GT, and one SprintX GTS). Recorded one Top-5 and two Top-10s.

James Sofronas
Job Title
Pirelli World Challenge GTA Driver's Champion 2017