Lime Rock is a homecoming for Sofronas as GMG prepares for Lime Rock July 22, 2010 (Santa Ana, Calif.) -- It has been over sixteen years since James Sofronas' driving career began in earnest at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. Like so...
Lime Rock is a homecoming for Sofronas as GMG prepares for Lime Rock
July 22, 2010 (Santa Ana, Calif.) -- It has been over sixteen years since James Sofronas' driving career began in earnest at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. Like so many aspiring amateur racers around the country, Sofronas took great pride in being given his first competition racing license.
This weekend, Sofronas returns to Lime Rock in America's premier endurance racing series to drive the No. 32 GMG / Spectra Resources Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with GMG -- the professional racing team he now owns to compete in the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix. It's a far cry from the day back in 1994 when he earned his license aboard a Nissan NX2000 in an SCCA Club Racing event. Lime Rock Park was also the site of another milestone in Sofronas' career -- his first professional podium, which came in 2005 in a World Challenge GT race.
Teamed with co-driver Bret Curtis, the No. 32 GMG / Spectra Resources Porsche 911 GT3 Cup effectively sits eighth in the GT-C championship after four rounds. The short Lime Rock Park circuit will serve up an extra challenge for the very competitive GT-C class battle, with an extremely short lap time and limited opportunities to pass. All the while, the GT-C cars will have to contend with faster prototype traffic that will impact the battle for the lead and force the teams to be on their game with their strategy.
"We will have to make the most of every opportunity we have in this race," said Sofronas. "We know we have the speed in our GMG Porsche to run at the front of the group. It's going to be a very challenging race with not only the GT-C battle, but dealing with the faster traffic as well on such a short track. We've had the speed to win all year but we're looking to get rid of our bad luck in Lime Rock and get back on the podium."
In the one weekend between the last ALMS race at Miller Motorsports Park, Sofronas took a podium position in the World Challenge GT race on the streets of Toronto.
"I would definitely like to bring some of that momentum to Lime Rock this weekend!" he said.
Fans of GMG can watch Bret and James compete in the The American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix during Saturday's live broadcast of the two hour and forty-five minute race, which starts at 2:00 PM ET on Sunday on SPEED Channel.