SANTA ANA, Calif. – Continuing a remarkable debut season for the all-new Audi R8 LMS GT4, Global Motorsports Group (GMG Racing) will arrive at this weekend’s “Rose Cup Races” at the famed Portland International Raceway looking to continue their championship lead in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS category. With the team bringing two cars to be shared among three drivers, Alex Welch, Jason Bell, and James Sofronas will look to continue their podium ambitions in the series’ historic return to the Pacific Northwest.
“I think everyone at the series is excited to return to Portland,” stated GMG team owner and driver James Sofronas. “The circuit has a tremendous lore in American road racing, and a great market for the entire championship to return to. Our last race at Road America had some very mixed fortunes, and we’re all hoping for a clean run this weekend. Jason Bell continues to gel incredibly well with the team, making him only faster, and after Road America I’m sure he’s in search of redemption. Alex Welch is of course back for another round of SprintX, and we’ve both enjoyed a tremendous season together so we’re hopeful to keep it going.”
Driving the No. 2 Continental Benefits Audi R8 LMS GT4, Jason Bell heads to the Pacific Northwest with a brand-new car after an on-track altercation at Road America. With both driver and team realizing a new car would be the most efficient solution after heavy impact three weeks ago, the GMG organization has been hard at work getting his vehicle prepared for this weekend’s event. After demonstrating remarkable pace at the most recent event, including a top-five finish, expectations are high for the native Floridian.
“I have to say thanks to the GMG squad for all the hard work and extra hours they put in getting a new car ready for this weekend,” explained Bell. “It was unfortunate what happened in Wisconsin but I am ready to turn the page and put that behind me. I have never been to the Portland facility but have done my homework. A new car, great supporters and a high-quality team will give me the chance for victory this weekend and I will look to build on the success from the GMG program.”
In the No. 14 Mobil 1 / The Thermal Club / 5.11 Tactical Audi R8 LMS GT4, high championship stakes are key for the team. With two weekends remaining in the SprintX championship, drivers Alex Welch and James Sofronas currently lead the championship by 19 points. With Welch having been part of the GMG family for nearly a decade, the aim for his first major championship is well in focus for both drivers and crew.
“With two weekends and four races left to run, consistent finishing will be critical for all of us,” stated Welch. “The guys at GMG have done a tremendous job with learning the new car, and the evidence shows in our results. The series’ balance-of-performance is a constantly changing dynamic, we’ll see how this weekend goes.”
Official practice begins this Friday, July 13, with the first race occurring on Saturday at 4:40PM PT. Race two will take place less than one day later, on Sunday, July 15 at 11:55AM PT. All races will be streamed live at stream.world-challenge.com.
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.
Learn more at www.mobiloil.com.
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.
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.
Learn more at www.511tactical.com.
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.
Learn more at www.spyder.com