September 28, 2004

StopTech-Equipped Cars Dominate World Challenge Touring Car at Road Atlanta

StopTech-Brake Equipped Cars Take Six of Nine Top Touring Car Positions and Third in GT at Road Atlanta, Including Three Cars on the Podium

Torrance, CA--At round nine of the of the SCCA Speed World Challenge Series at Road Atlanta, StopTech brake-equipped cars dominated the Touring Car field, taking six of the top nine positions, including second and third while in the GT series, Lou Giglotti garnered a third-place finish. 

The Touring Car BMWs running StopTechs had a very successful weekend. BMW clinched the Manufacturer's Championship for the second year in a row, which was sealed by Turner Motorsports' Justin Marks posting a career-best finish with a second place position. Dino Cresentini of Turner Motorsports won the B&M Holeshot Award with his forward onslaught through the field from his starting position of twentieth to finish in ninth place. Bill Auberlen led the first 2 laps of the race and was outbraking the competition, but was forced to pit with an overheating engine. Auberlen spent the better half of the race babying the car around the track watching engine temperatures, finishing twelfth yet maintaining his points lead in the series.

The Bimmerworld team swept the third through fifth positions, with James Clay in third, Seth Thomas in fourth and Matt Richmond in fifth. In the process, Thomas set the fastest lap during the race.

After the race, Clay said, "I consistently moved up (positions) under braking. The brakes were solid at the end of the race."

Richmond voiced his approval as well, "StopTech brakes gave me the advantage under braking."

Jeff Altenburg, in the Tri-Point Mazda 6 had a great run from his eleventh place qualifying position to second place, until gearbox problems sent him further back in the field, ending with an eighth place finish. "StopTech is the best braking system I've ever had in a street stock type race car," said Altenburg.

Shauna Marinus debuted the second Tri-Point Mazda 6 and qualified fifth. Marinus ran a consistent race until a clutch problem caused an early retirement. After the race, Marinus told SPEED Channel's Tom Hnatiw's film crew that her StopTech Mazda 6 brake system was the best she ever had in a production based racecar.

In all, StopTech brakes were on a total of nine cars of the 31-vehicle Touring Car field.

In GT series of the World Challenge event, Lou Gigliotti in the LG Pro Long Tube Header Chevrolet Corvette scored a place on the podium with a third-place finish. Gigliotti, starting seventh fought for his place on the podium, with a stellar pass under braking moving ahead of Phil McClure. Earlier in the race, Gigliotti passed both Leighton Reese and Johnny O'Connell and was awarded the Remus Power Move of the Race.

The entire StopTech staff would like to congratulate all of the StopTech-equipped competitors in the Speed World Challenge series.

StopTech LLC, located in Torrance, California, manufactures high performance brake systems and components for production and production-based racecars. The company is the leader in Balanced Brake SystemsTM for production cars and has two patents in basic brake technology and two others pending. StopTech has a worldwide network of resellers.