Crescentini’s charge through the field highlights GMG Racing’s five-car World Challenge effort
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April 21, 2010 (Santa Ana, Calif.) - It was hard to look around at the start of Sunday's Toyo Tires World Challenge presented by Bondurant and not see a GMG prepared Porsche 911, as five lined up for the standing start on Shoreline Avenue in Long Beach.



Photo: Dino Crescentini's No.4 GMG / Stoptech Porsche WC-GT3 put in a passing clinic in Long Beach. (Brad Sofronas photo)

It was also hard not to notice the charge put on by Dino Crescentini in the No.4 GMG/Stoptech Porsche 911 WC-GT3, as he stormed his way forward from his sixth-place starting position to finish in second. Using his Stoptech Brakes to full effect, Crescentini picked off the Corvette of Ron Fellows before making a forceful pass on Boris Said's Mustang in turn eight after being blocked by Said for three laps - a pass which earned him the MTM Special Ops Move of the Race Award, as well as a large cheer from the Long Beach crowd. Before long he was past the Mustang of defending champion Brandon Davis and crossed the finish line in a second place in GT, for his second podium position of the season.

Team owner James Sofronas drove the No.14 GMG Racing Porsche 911 WC-GT3 to a fifth-place finish in GT, while Bill Ziegler earned the Sunoco Hard Charger award for his own charge through the field, in which he started the No.05 GMG/Swisher Racing Porsche 911 WC-GT3 in 18th and finished 11th in GT.

Brent Holden finished 15th in GT in the No.24 GMG Porsche 911 WC-GT3, while Gary Tolar brought the No.86 GMG/GT Racing LLC Porsche 996 home fifth in GTS.

"We definitely had our work cut out for us after qualifying, but Dino drove like a man possessed today," said Sofronas. "He really carried the torch for GMG in Long Beach and put on a show for all of our family, friends, and customers that were there to cheer us on. Bill also put in a phenomenal drive, earning the Hard Charger award and having his best race this year."

With his result, Crescentini now leads the GT-class points standings, while Sofronas is now third - only two points behind. A testament to the preparation done by GMG Racing was the fact that all five of the GMG Porsches finished the race - as did their ALMS Porsche GT3, giving the team a perfect reliability record on the weekend.

"Dino and the rest of the GMG team put on a great show this weekend," said Fabryce Kutyba, VP of Global Motorsports Group. "When you also remember that the ALMS team finished second in their race yesterday, it was a great demonstration of the GMG World Challenge line of products - and, in particular, the potential of the Stoptech Brakes"
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