Global Motorsport Group Announces Four-Car Pirelli World Challenge Championship Team for 2011
Santa Ana, CA – Coming off one of its strongest seasons yet in World Challenge, Global Motorsports Group is announcing its return to the championship for the 2011 season. But this time, they have their sights set on both the GT and GTS championships.
GMG, based in Southern California, will return with a trio of Porsche 911 GT3s to compete in the Pirelli World Challenge GT class and new for this season, a GMG built Mitsubishi EVO, in the GTS class. Leading the team will be GMG Team Principle and driver James Sofronas of Newport Beach, Calif. James in his familiar #14 Porsche Cup car enjoyed a strong 2010 season in which he scored two poles, seven podiums and one win coming at Mid-Ohio, on his way to a third place in the championship standings.
Joining him will be series veteran Dino Crescentini, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., who is back for his fourth season in the #4 Stoptech/GMG Porsche 911 GT3. Crescentini scored his only win last year at the 2010 season opener in St. Petersburg, on his way to finishing the season in ninth place. In the third GMG Porsche will be Tomy Drissi, from Hollywood California. Drissi, who was the 2009 Trans-Am Series Champion, will be a strong addition to the team and will add depth to the talented GMG driver lineup. For St. Petersburg, Drissi’s car will be promoting the movie “Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2” on Saturday, and “RIO” on Sunday. Look for future movie promotions from 20th Century Fox on car #5 for the entire season.
New for the 2011 season, will be William Ziegler, the 2009 World Challenge GT rookie of the year, moving from GT and his Swisher Porsche GT3, to the GTS class in his #5 GMG built Mitsubishi EVO 10. This is familiar territory for Ziegler, as he finished 2nd at the 2007 T2 runoffs in a Mitsubishi EVO 8.
“There is no doubt that the Pirelli World Challenge is one of the most competitive and demanding racing series in North America,” said Fabryce Kutyba, co-owner of Global Motorsports Group. “This allows us to develop and test our World Challenge line of components as well as our complete upgrade packages for Porsche cars. GMG’s products are the direct result of our involvement in motorsport, and through this race winning experience we are able to develop the best products in the world to enhance performance and maintain factory reliability.” Fabryce also added, “World Challenge competition will continue to be the development lab for our World Challenge performance packages as our products are bred with racing winning performance, while being refined for the street”.
“We are very happy and proud to announce that we are returning to GT with all three of our 2010 drivers for this season as well as the addition of Drissi,” said Sofronas. “World Challenge has been the foundation on which we have built our race team and our GMG Porsche product line. GMG World Challenge parts can be found not only on our racecars, but on our customer’s street and race cars. We are excited to see what 2011 holds for us but we know it will be an exciting year with the new Pirelli slick and top teams from Cadillac, Corvette, Viper, Nissan and Volvo. On a personal level, I can’t wait to get back into the No.14 GMG Porsche GT3 and fight for a championship. Finishing 2nd and 3rd in 2009 and 2010 respectively, was great, but now it is time to go after the top spot in the Championship. I can’t wait for the first race weekend in St. Petersburg.”
The Pirelli World Challenge Championship season kicks off on the weekend of March 25-27 with a doubleheader weekend at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The races can be seen on VERSUS April 9, at 4:30pm EST.