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Team StopTech Scores GTS Win, Second and Two Thirds at COTA
by Frank A. Filipponio | May 22, 2013

Lee takes P2 on Saturday, win on Sunday while Baldwin nabs two P3s using StopTech Trophy Brakes

It was a pretty good weekend of Pirelli World Challenge Championship (PWCC) GTS racing for ‘Team StopTech’ at the Cadillac Sports Car Challenge at Circuit of the Americas. Andy Lee, of Colorado Springs, Colo., took his first GTS class win of the season on Sunday following a hard-fought second on Saturday. GTSport Racing driver Jack Baldwin, meanwhile, scored his fourth and fifth consecutive GTS podiums of the 2013 season, moving him even further ahead of the pack in the points race. Both drivers credited their StopTech Trophy brakes for helping them to these great results.

“All of my passes were made under hard braking and my StopTech brakes never let me down,” Baldwin said. “It was a good weekend for us and our partners. The GTSport Racing/Goldcrest Motorsports team did a fantastic job and I can’t thank them enough for all their hard work to give Buz and I the cars we had.”

"The StopTech brake system stood up to punishing heat all weekend and never let me experience any fade or knock back," said Lee. "Definitely made our team's job a lot easier and helped us clinch our first win of the season!"

Saturday’s race saw Lawson Aschenbach maintain his pole position throughout the race, with Andy Lee closing on the leader in the final laps. With one lap to go, Lee pushed his No. 20 Best IT Chevrolet Camaro to the fastest lap of the race, but came up 0.348-second short at the finish. Although Aschenbach appeared to have captured the GTS class win over the hard-charging Lee, a post-race inspection took Aschenbach’s points away for technical violations.

“This has been one of the most grueling races heat wise, in the car,” Lee said. “I opted to go without the cool suit just to stay as light as I could. I was saving everything, the motor, the brakes, the tires. I was just driving it 90 percent most of the race. I thought if I went for it on the last lap I might catch him at the right time. I closed, but I probably should have started a lap earlier. But, it was a great battle and he [Aschenbach] drove flawlessly. It’s good to be a Chevy Camaro one-two.”


Baldwin, of Marietta, Ga., started sixth in Saturday’s race, but worked his way around the front-wheel drive Kias and the Acura TSX of defending series Champion Peter Cunningham to take the final spot on the podium in his No. 73 Motul/StopTech/Foametix Porsche Cayman.

“I didn’t get a great start at all, ending up eighth,” Baldwin said. “I just ran hard all day and did the best to manage everything. I think third is pretty good. I’ve got nothing for the Camaros, so that’s what we’ve got. Third is third. I’m good.”

On Sunday, Lee started from the pole in his No. 20 Best IT Chevrolet Camaro, after posting the fastest lap in Saturday’s race, but saw Saturday’s winner, Lawson Aschenbach, move to the lead with his No. 10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro on the start. The two Camaros were never far apart, but stretched an advantage over the rest of the field until a caution period.

On the restart, third-running Nic Jonsson, of Sweden, made a big move to the inside with his No. 36 Kia Motors America Kia Optima, spinning Aschenbach and dropping him out of contention. The incident was named the Kia Turning Point of the Race, allowing Lee to run to a 1.529-second victory over Canadian Mark Wilkins’ No. 38 Kia Motors America Kia Optima.

It was Lee’s fifth-career Pirelli World Challenge GTS wins, and his first of 2013.

“The two weeks leading up to this race have been nothing but a mad thrash. All of my guys put their hearts and souls into these cars, and they gave me a car that was good enough to win. I’m not sure how my lap times compare to Lawson’s, but I felt like we were faster, it was just a matter of time.”

Lee turned the race’s fastest lap on lap six, a record 1:40.720 (82.208 mph).

Meanwhile Jack Baldwin, of Marietta, Ga., equaled his Saturday effort in the No. 73 Motul/StopTech/Foametix Porsche Cayman, finishing third.

“I didn’t need that last caution,” Baldwin said. “I think it hurt me more that it hurt everyone else. It gave everyone a chance to cool down, but ultimately, point-wise, it did help me.

“I feel good for Andy [Lee]. He’s had some rough times here, but he’s a great driver. I love racing with him. I had a good race back there with Nic [Jonsson], and then Mark [Wilkins]. Peter [Cunningham] was right in my mirrors the whole time, keeping me really honest. So, it was a good race. I can’t complain.”

Saturday’s race will be part of the June 16 broadcast on NBC Sports at 5 p.m. (EDT).

Sunday’s race will be broadcast June 16 at 5 p.m. (EDT) on NBC Sports Network.

The series next travels to Detroit, Mich. for the Cadillac V-Series Challenge at Belle Isle, May 31-June 2.

For more information on the series go to World-Challenge.com or follow on Twitter @WCRacing.

(Photos: Mark Weber via World-Challenge.com)


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