Sofronas Completes Big porsche Weekend with wc win at mid-ohio
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LEXINGTON, Ohio - Aug. 8, 2010 - James Sofronas, of Newport Beach, Calif., led every lap in his GMG Porsche 911 GT3 Cupto win the Optima Batteries Mid-Ohio Grand Prix Presented by GameStreamer Sunday, holding off Andy Pilgrim at the finish of the World Challenge Championship Round Nine race. Peter Cunningham, of Milwaukee, Wis., and Ryan Eversley, of Atlanta, Ga., took the GTS and Touring Car class wins, respectively. Sofronas capped off a great Porsche weekend at Mid-Ohio with a pole position, a win and second-place finish in World Challenge, and a second in the American Le Mans Series GT Challenge class - all in Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars. Starting first in Sunday's World Challenge event after finishing second in Saturday round, Sofronas got away cleanly at the start in his No. 14 Global Motorsports Group Porsche 911 GT3, fending off a great start by third-gridded Pilgrim and his No. 8 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60. Saturday's winner, Mike Skeen's Corvette fell back from his second starting position to fifth at the start but was able to work back up to fourth by lap four. Sofronas led a seven-car train for the first seven laps until Charles Morgan's trip to the gravel brought out the race's first caution. "I was far more aggressive through traffic this time," said Sofronas, who led Saturday's race as well from the pole until he was passed by Skeen's Corvette. "When the yellow came out, it was one of those 'Are you kidding me?' moments." On the restart, Pilgrim got a jump on Skeen and moved into second. At the Keyhole, Skeen fell back further as he began to experience transmission problems in the Corvette. Sofronas had his mirrors full of Pilgrim for the remaining laps, and in the final corner on the final lap caught a slower Touring Car, allowing Pilgrim to get a run at the finish. In the end, Sofronas beat Pilgrim by 0.151-second to capture his fourth-career win. "I feel great on a lot of levels. I want to dedicate this win to my Dad," Sofronas said of his ailing father, George. "To win today meant a lot to me. I thought about him when I was in the car and it kept me going because he never gave up in life and he's just an amazing man. It gave me the inspiration." Sofronas admitted that traffic was a point of frustration during the race, with all three classes

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