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Team StopTech Races to Several Championships in 2011
by Frank A. Filipponio | Oct 07, 2011

Team StopTech extends well beyond the StopTech-liveriedPorsche driven by our CEO. In fact, looking at the podium at Sunday's WorldChallenge race would have shown at least five other drivers who run Centric,Power Slot or StopTech equipment. Five spots on the podium? Well, there arethree classes that run in the SCCA Pro Pirelli World Challenge Championship -GT, GTS and TC. Of the nine podium finishers, StopTech was involved with fiveof them.

World Challenge is one of the least expensive ways to goprofessional racing, with relatively unmodified sports and sporty cars thatlook pretty much like the ones you'll find at your local dealership. StopTechhas always been right at home in this type of racing because this is where wecut our teeth. The brakes we have developed for this type of racing have beendelivering added benefits to the brakes you can get for your street cars.Production based racing, whether at the professional or amateur level, gives usa rolling laboratory to continue our research and development. Born in theextremes of racing, StopTech and Power Slot brake systems are designed todeliver championship winning results even in your daily commute. WorldChallenge is a natural fit.

The lowest rung on the World Challenge ladder is Touring Car,or TC. Last but not least certainly applies here, with Hondas, Volkswagens,Mazdas, Volvos and the like ripping around Laguna Seca in about 1:40 flat. Toput that in perspective, the Dodge Viper ACR holds the production car record atthis track at 1:33. In Sunday's race, the top three finishers - LawsonAschenbach, Tristan Herbert and Robb Holland - were all running Power Slots orStopTechs. Aschenbach actually had to start at the back of the field aftermissing Saturday's qualifying, but the Compass360 Civic was at the front whenthe checkers flew after an impressive charge through the field by Lawson. Hisgreat launch that brought him from ninth to fourth on the very first lap earnedhim the Optima Batteries Best Standing Start Award. The win also clinched thechampionship for this young driver.

The middle rung of the World Challenge ladder is GTS, orGrand Touring Sport. This class features Mustangs, Camaros and a pair oftweaked Acura TSX race cars. These cars run 1:36 laps around Mazda Raceway andare among the most evenly matched cars on the grid. Paul Brown’s GTS classflag-to-flag win in the No. 50 One Hour Heating and Air/Luminox/Kenny BrownFord Mustang Boss 302S clinched his first career World Challenge title. Brownqualified his StopTech-equipped Boss 302S on the pole, pulled away at thestart, and hustled to a 2.713-second margin of victory.

The top class in World Challenge is Grand Touring. This iswhere the Porsches, Corvettes, Volvos and Cadillacs come to play. The top carscan run a lap in under 1:28 here. While the GMG Porsche of James Sofronas wasstill in the hunt for the championship as late as the last lap, a collisionwith a slower car dropped him to tenth. The championship went instead toPatrick Long, who does double duty with the Flying Lizards in ALMS fromtime-to-time.

Still, Sofronas had much better luck than StopTech's DinoCrescentini. After qualifying 8th in class and a great start, Dino was takenout in a first lap incident that also claimed the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe of Andy Pilgrim.Mike Skeen took the win and Skeen’s teammate, Patrick Lindsey, was third in theNo. 12 CRP Chevrolet Corvette. Lindsey had been battling with Sofronas, JohnnyO’Connell’s Cadillac and the second-place Volvo S60R of Randy Pobst for a goodportion of the race until Sofronas was knocked out and Patrick inherited thirdfor good.

StopTech customer, Turner Motorsport captured the 2011Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Grand Sports (GS) Driver and Teamchampionships with a sixth place finish in Saturday's Grand-Am race at theMid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The title is the team's sixth professionalchampionship and the result was instrumental in securing BMW a secondconsecutive GS Manufacturer crown.

Paul Dalla Lana and co-driver Boris Said needed only tofinish 11th in the StopTech-equipped No. 96 M3 to win Dalla Lana his firstprofessional racing championship and Turner Motorsport the Team title so theduo stayed with a conservatively aggressive plan throughout thetwo-and-one-half-hour race around the rolling 2.6-mile, 13-turn road course.

Dalla Lana started from the fifth position after hisseason's best qualifying effort. Pitting during the first of the race's sevencaution periods Dalla Lana handed off to Said. Strategist Don Salama used theremaining yellows to the team's advantage, pitting Said at the right time toallow him to run as high as second and never less than 10th. A text book teameffort, sixth place at the checkered flag was more than enough to secure thetwo championships. A significant contribution to Dalla Lana's championship wasmade by BMW ace Bill Auberlen who co-drove with Dalla Lana to five consecutivepodiums, including a win at Homestead-Miami Speedway, to begin the season.

"This is a special year so we will make sure wecelebrate Paul's championship with the same vigor with which we raced forit," said Will Turner. "On top of our team title, the entire TurnerMotorsport team is pleased to have contributed so strongly to anotherManufacturer's title for BMW. Our Continental program continues to go fromstrength to strength and our Rolex program has grown into quite a force thisyear. A large part of that is due to the hard work of our sponsor partners Cobalt,Continental Tires, Escort Radar, FORGELINE, H & R Springs and StopTech. Itis hard to believe that testing for the 2012 season begins next month so wewill soon be right back to work."

The 2012 Grand-Am season begins during the 50th annual Rolex24 at Daytona on January 28 – 29.

Gumout pole winner John Buttermore, of Wixom, Mich., droveflag-to-flag to capture his first Touring 1 National Championship at the 48thSCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America. Tom Sloe, of Newbury, Ohio,and Mike McGinley, of Overland Park, Kan., finished second and third,respectively.

The T1 and STO classes ran a combined race. Buttermore got agreat jump from the T1 pole in the No. 52 Hoosier/Carbotech/StopTech and ledthe first lap before the yellow came out on lap two after contact between twoSTO cars brought out the caution.

When the race went green six laps later, Buttermore put asizeable gap between himself and Sloe. In fact, Buttermore was third overallbetween the two classes. He turned the Hawk Fast Lap of the race with of2:33.069 (94.313 mph) en route to 8.931-second margin of victory over Sloe towin his first-career Runoffs National Championship.

“We’d prefer it [the race] had gone green the whole way,”Buttermore said. “We spent a lot of time up here working on making the carsmooth and consistent. We, maybe, sacrificed a little bit of speed. It was setup to run 13 laps hard. We did our development with StopTech brakes andCarbotech. Two years ago, I was leading the first five laps of this event andthe brakes were on the floor and gave it back. Today, is quite a redemption.

“We knew we were faster than the STO cars at that point,under acceleration especially. I dropped back a little bit [on the restart] togive them [STO driver] some room so that we could get our start at speed andget around them by Turn 1 and not have them affect our race. When I looked backin my mirror after going into Turn 3, I saw Tom had gotten around them too. Itcleared us up.

“I am pretty excited. It’s a big effort. The last four yearsI’ve gotten four medals, all of the wrong color and with three different cars.It’s kind of been a hodge podge adventure to finally get this win with theCorvette, which is the best car on the street and on the track.”

Now in its 48th year, the SCCA National Championship Runoffsannually crowns Champions in the Sports Car Club of America’s Club Racingclasses. The live broadcast of all 28 National Championship races will beavailable throughout the weekend at www.Speedcasttv.com/scca and lateravailable On Demand from the same site.

Follow the action on Twitter @SCCAOfficial or the SCCA, Inc.Official Facebook page at facebook.com/sccaofficial. More information isavailable at www.scca.com.

If you’re wondering how you can get the same results, we offer a whole range ofproducts to help you and your customers get into Victory Circle too.

In World Challenge, GT customers are running our TrophyBBKs, with 4- or 6-piston anodized calipers and oversized AeroRotors withanodized AeroHats.

GTS racers are winning with StopTech BBKs, using painted 4-and 6-piston calipers as well as optimized airflow AeroRotors/AeroHats.

The TC field is a virtual Centric Parts catalog in motion,with contestants running full StopTech BBKs, as well as Power Slot and CentricParts rotors.

North of the border, our Canadian customers in CTCC havealso been running and winning with BBKs as well as Power Slot rotors.

Grand-Am ST cars like the championship-winning TurnerMotorsports BMWs are using DRKs, with improved airflow 2-piece rotors.

As mentioned above, John Buttermore just clinched the SCCA T1 National Championship in hisStopTech-equipped Corvette.

We’ve also been getting messages from other privateers inNASA and SCCA action, who are thanking us for helping them succeed usingStopTech race brake systems.

Additionally, our circle track andoff-road race programs are also progressing nicely.

In Lucas Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS), the 4 Wheel Parts Pro2 Truck has seen some successwith their Power Slot rotors. We are also working on improvements to STOR-60GTrace calipers.

StopTech’s new pillar vane rotors, meanwhile, are also being tested in a number of different circle track series with a lot of good data being generated.

Congratulations to all of you! 2011 has been a great seasonso far but there are still championships to decide. Through StopTech’s directinvolvement in World Challenge, working with our customers who campaign cars inGrand-Am, NASA, SCCA, circle track and off-road racing, as well as through ourwork with one-make series like the Napleton Cayman Interseries, StopTech iscommitted to developing brake systems that will help your car stop better - onthe track or on the street.

“Brake late, finish first” is more than just a catchphrase –we see it at every race, how good brakes can make the difference betweenwinning and losing. That’s why we’re committed to continuously researching anddeveloping race and high performance brake systems that will help you win inwhatever type of vehicle you drive. 2012 should be another great year forStopTech and our customers. Not only do we have data to help us improve ourexisting products, but we have several new products and innovations in thepipeline. More about that later, but for now…congratulations to all of you andthank you for your continued business.

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