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Team StopTech Racing Update - November 17, 2014
by Frank A. Filipponio | Nov 18, 2014

Two More Championships for Team StopTech in 2014!

Total Now 10 with More Than 40 Top-5 Finishers in Over 20 Classes of Racing

Arsham/Sheehan Win the 2014 USTCC Championship in the GoGoGear.com Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Team StopTech comes through again! The driving team of Ali Arsham and Gary Sheehan won the 2014 Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) championship with a second place finish at the final race of the season on November 16, 2014 at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, California.

Only needing a mid-pack finish to secure the title, the StopTech BBK-wearing, GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels/ Powerbuilt Tools Hyundai Genesis Coupe was on provisional pole on Saturday but was beaten by two tenths of a second during Sunday’s qualifying session. Pretty good, but things started to look less promising when they dropped to fourth at the start. It didn't take long for Arsham and Sheehan to charge ahead, though, after which the duo just crossed their fingers until the mid-way point of the race - at which point they would have enough points to clinch the title.

“Once the championship was clinched, I started to push to score a win,” said driver Gary Sheehan. In the end there was not enough time for the race win but the team was very excited with a second place finish in the race.

“The championship was extremely important for all of our partners who have helped us along this journey. In our first race with this car we struggled to finish in the top ten but we have continuously made improvements along the way culminating in a championship today,” said team Principal Ali Arsham.

During their championship season the team scored three wins in the seven races of the season but the key to their championship was perhaps that their worst finish was fifth place.

“We certainly did not have an easy season but the key is how you deal with problems that inevitably come up,” commented Arsham.  A great example was the intermittent ignition issue that surfaced at round three in May.  Rather than take a chance the team worked until midnight on Saturday and all day on Sunday to prepare their backup car for the race and ended up winning the race.



Cameron Lawrence Gives Dodge Its First Trans Am Series Championship

Meanwhile over in Trans Am, Dodge Challenger driver and Team StopTech standout, Cameron Lawrence, claimed the TA2 championship for Dodge at Daytona International Speedway.

Driving the StopTech-BBK-equipped No. 1 Ctek/NorthStar Battery/TI Automotive Dodge Challenger to a victory on Saturday, Lawrence successfully repeated as TA2 Champion as the 2014 Trans Am Series wrapped up its season.

The victory gives Dodge its first driver’s championship in Trans Am -- remarkable given the heritage and history of the series and the make.

“I’m so happy for Dodge,” said Lawrence.  “I’m incredibly lucky to be in this position working with a great team with a great car and all the people who have made this happen.  I’m looking forward to keeping this going and seeing where it all takes us. It’s remarkable how close this championship ended up being; we entered the weekend only a point ahead.  We just took care of business all weekend long; the team worked so incredibly hard to give me the perfect car for the race -- everyone deserves this, Miller Racing and Dodge.”

The championship places Lawrence into a select club of drivers who have won back-to-back championships in the Trans Am Series, joining the likes of Peter Gregg, Wally Dallenbach, Jr., Mark Donohue, Tony Ave, Doug Peterson and Tommy Kendall, Lawrence’s teammate.

“I think as long as we keep doing our job and taking care of business we’ll do well in TA2, but it’s definitely not easy,” said Lawrence.  “It takes a lot of work to put something like this together, especially two years in a row; the competition is getting better and better.  Adam Andretti put the pressure on us all year long; he’s a great driver with a great crew.  In the end we just had a little bit more.”

The win marked Lawrence’s seventh of the year, ending the season with 310 points,  21 more than runner up and fellow Team StopTech member, Adam Andretti, in the No. 44 Engineered Components Chevrolet Camaro.


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