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August 26, 2012

Team StopTech Ends 2012 World Challenge Championship on High Note

(Industry, Calif. – August 27, 2012) – With a dozen podium performances and a quartet of wins, Team StopTech’s 2012 Pirelli World Challenge Championship season ended on a high note. The final races of the season were held at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California this past weekend during the Cadillac Sonoma Grand Prix - and StopTech-equipped cars dominated the podiums in GTS and TC competition.

Andy Lee put an exclamation point on his rookie World Challenge season with a fourth GTS victory in Saturday’s season-ending race. Besides the win, Lee also earned the Invisible Glass Clean Pass of the Race Award for his eighth lap pass of eventual series champ Peter Cunningham, for second place. Driving the StopTech-supported No. 20 Best IT Chevrolet Camaro, Lee’s next pass was probably even more important, as he took the lead from Team StopTech stalwart Jack Baldwin, in Turn Five, just before Baldwin fell out of contention with a cut tire.

“When it started, I figured it would be quite a battle to get around Wilkins in the Kia,” said Lee, who earned World Challenge Rookie of the Year honors. “He was the person I was most worried about. On the start, we got right around him, but so did Cunningham. He actually went by me. Peter Cunningham has been around for so long, and to pass that guy is so difficult, I knew I had my work cut out. I knew his main concern was the championship, so after I made a move, he made it somewhat easy on me. Jack had a flat tire, and after that we just decided we were going to lay down a qualifying lap until the race was over.”

Team StopTech member Don Istook, of River Oaks, Texas, took the Optima Batteries Best Standing Start Award for gaining seven overall spots on the opening lap of the race. Istook finished 11th in GTS in the No. 01 REVO TECHNIK Audi TT RS.

Meanwhile in TC, Michael Cooper, of Syosset, N.Y., wrapped up the 2012 Pirelli World Challenge Championship title in dominating fashion, claiming each step of the podium in the weekend triple-header - a third, a second and finally a win in the StopTech equipped No. 03 MAZDASPEED Motorsports MAZDASPEED3.

After setting fastest lap in Saturday’s second race of the Touring Car tripleheader, Cooper was on pole for the standing start of the finale. As soon as the lights went out, Cooper launched ahead, quickly opening up a commanding lead and earning himself the Kia Turning Point of the Race Award.

In fact, Cooper kept his lead throughout the 22-lap race, which was run without a full-course caution. He finished a convincing 3.753 seconds ahead of Todd Lamb to earn his sixth victory of the 14-race Touring Car season.  It was Cooper’s second SCCA Pro Racing championship in as many years, as he won the 2011 Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup title. Not bad for a guy who first sat in a race car in 2010.

“I got out a huge gap, and just knew I needed to manage it and manage my car and make 40 minutes,” Cooper said. “I knew I didn’t need to win the thing.

Meanwhile, Team StopTech newcomer Robert Thorne won Saturday’s first race – his first race and first win of the season – driving the StopTech-equipped No. 08 K-Pax Racing Volvo C30.

The Trophy Big Brake Kits, StopTech Big Brake Kits and Power Slot products used by World Challenge drivers are available for street or track from quality aftermarket dealers. For more information about any StopTech product, or to contact your nearest dealer, visit www.stoptech.com.

About StopTech® Racing:

StopTech® Racing (www.stoptech.com), part of the ultra performance division of Centric Parts®, was born to service dedicated race applications. The StopTech Racing division provides the stiffest calipers and best airflow rotors to race teams in several production-based racing series, as well as circle track and off-road competition. StopTech Racing sales and engineering support is unparalleled in the industry, with personalized service available to customize winning race solutions for your needs. Whether it's in SCCA Pro Pirelli World Challenge, Grand-Am Continental Tire, Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, or grassroots circle track, NASA, SCCA, Time Attack and drifting competition, StopTech Racing has something to cover most forms of production-based racing needs.

Press Contact: Frank Filipponio | 310.933.1103 (w) | ffilipponio@centricparts.com