July 8, 2010 (Santa Ana, Calif.) - GMG Racing unloaded its three Porsche 911 WC-GT3 cars at Watkins Glen International this past weekend with high hopes. It was at this race last season that Dino Crescentini, driving the No. 4 GMG / Stoptech Porsche 911 WC-GT3, took the win while teammate James Sofronas, in the No. 14 GMG Porsche 911 WC-GT3, finished third.
However, this weekend would ultimately prove to be the most challenging weekend yet of the World Challenge season as the GMG Racing team of Crescentini, Sofronas, and William Ziegler struggled to match the team's form from last season. Qualifying saw Sofronas qualify sixth, with Crescentini right behind in eighth and Ziegler in 11th.
The trio had an uneventful standing start but it wasn't long before both Sofronas and Crescentini would find themselves in a battle with the Chevy Corvette of Tony Gaples. Sofronas, leading the group, was able to pull away and establish a gap ahead of the battling Porsche and Corvette, pulling away and running solidly in fifth.
Crescentini and Gaples put on a crowd-pleasing battle for the position, running side-by-side through turns nine, ten, and eleven before Gaples was able to inch ahead and take the position coming onto the front straightaway. Crescentini was not ready to give up the position yet, and with a great run out of the esses and down the back straightaway, he put his Stoptech Brakes to good effect with a pass under braking for the bus stop. The move earned Crescentini the Invisible Glass Clean Pass of the Race award.
Ahead of them, Sofronas ran solidly in fifth place until two laps to go when he spun in the laces of the boot. Quickly getting going again, Sofronas lost two spots and fell to seventh..
At the checkered, Crescentini crossed the line in sixth, Sofronas finished seventh, and Ziegler was 13th. After five rounds of the 2010 World Challenge season, Cresentini remains third in points, Sofronas remains fifth despite missing one race, and Ziegler is 13th.
"To be honest, it was a bit of a disappointing race," said Sofronas, co-owner of GMG Racing, following the race. "We were experimenting with some new aerodynamic pieces on the cars that didn't work quite the way we wanted, so the GMG Racing staff back home will revise them and improve them for our next event in Toronto. Our race team is the test bed for our GMG Racing products and our customers won't get them until we make them perfect. We'll put Watkins Glen behind us and move on to Toronto in a couple of week's time."