Utah: GMG Racing preview

July 8, 2010 (Santa Ana, Calif.) -- The phrase 'feast or famine' would be the best way to sum up the American Le Mans season thus far for GMG Racing, the Southern California-based Porsche race team and European car tuning shop that is competing in...

July 8, 2010 (Santa Ana, Calif.) -- The phrase 'feast or famine' would be the best way to sum up the American Le Mans season thus far for GMG Racing, the Southern California-based Porsche race team and European car tuning shop that is competing in the American Le Mans Series for the first time in 2010.

In two out of three races, it has been knocked out of contention while being lapped by a car from another class -- but at its home race in Long Beach, drivers Bret Curtis and James Sofronas crossed the finish line in second place after a race-long battle for the lead. Despite the disappointing results, the rookie ALMS team has been in contention for podium results in the competitive GT-Challenge class in each race. Forging ahead, the team is aiming for a strong result at this weekend's Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. The two hour and forty-five minute race is the first event in six weeks following the series break for the 24 Hours of LeMans, and couldn't come soon enough for Curtis or Sofronas, who are both eager to get back in the No. 32 GMG / Spectra Resources Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

Both drivers have enjoyed strong performances in the past at Miller Motorsports Park -- Curtis in the Patron GT3 Cup, and Sofronas in World Challenge.

"Our GT-C program has been a real challenge so far this year," said Sofronas, who co-owns GMG Racing. "We have had the speed in each event and the team has executed flawlessly -- all we need is a little luck on our side. Bret and I have both been frustrated with the results but it just makes us press forward more. Bret has been doing an amazing job in the car -- most people don't realize that this is only his second season ever in a race car, but you can't tell by the way he has been driving."

Curtis and Sofronas are currently seventh in the GT-C points championship on the strength of their second-place finish at the Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach.But with only one-third of the season complete, there is still time for the GMG Racing duo to make an impression on the class championship.

"I'm really looking forward to this race and to the balance of the season," said Curtis. "We have clearly shown great speed having been in position for a podium in every race we've entered -- until something out of our control has happened. With only one good result in three races so far, we have a lot to prove but after all of our bad luck, we should have some good luck coming back to us in the upcoming races. I'm confident in our team and our speed -- we are just looking for better results."

-source: gmg racing

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Series ALMS
Drivers James Sofronas , Bret Curtis