Saturday, March 15, 2014

TUSC: GMG takes top Audi honors in Sebring qualifying

GMG Racing Press Release

SEBRING, FL (March 14, 2014)- While qualifying for Saturday’s 62nd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring as the top Audi R8 LMS entrant is generally considered a great feat, Global Motorsports Groups’ (GMG) 16th place on the GTD-class grid still outlined a number of questions heading in to the 12-hour classic.

“Looking at the quality of the Audi teams, it’s a great satisfaction to be top among them today,” stated GMG team owner James Sofronas. “The guys have worked very hard to get here, and they deserved some reward. Unfortunately, 16th on the grid isn’t quite what we’d hoped for, and it definitely demonstrates an uphill battle for Audi teams in the constantly changing balance-of-performance.”

With driver Marc Basseng qualifying the No. 32 Morgan Adams Foundation machine with a time of 2:05.404, just one second off the pole sitting time, the Southern California-based team will head in to tomorrow’s event with a reserved amount of confidence about the event. Featuring a strong lineup of Basseng, Sofronas, and Alex Welch, GMG is one of the few lineups that features a complete set of Sebring veterans, a trait that should go some way in helping the team’s chances. Unfortunately, with all Audi teams being over a second off the pole-sitting pace, the balance-of-performance will present a curious scenario for the highly competitive category.

Additionally, fans can actively participate during the race by taking part in a pledge for The Morgan Adams Foundation. As a charity dedicated to pediatric cancer, the organization will be pushing for per-lap contributions, with the unique addition of driver Alex Welch agreeing to match every contribution up to $5,000. Donation information can be found here.

The race will begin at 10:15AM ET, and last for 12 hours. Live coverage can first be found on Fox Sports 1, followed by continuous coverage on

About GMG

Founded in 2001 by James Sofronas and Fabryce Kutyba, GMG has quickly established itself as North America’s premier performance tuning and racing facility. What began as a small 1200 sq. ft. shop, maintaining two race cars, has grown into a 30,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art performance tuning, racing and service facility located in (Orange County) Santa Ana, California. The staff's experience, attention to detail, and passion are what make GMG the choice of professionals and enthusiasts world wide. Whether you want to maximize the performance of your street car, or race wheel-to-wheel on both amateur and professional racing series across North America, GMG’s reputation for service and quality is unmatched.
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About Morgan Adams Foundation

The Morgan Adams Foundation raises money and awareness on behalf of children affected with cancer. Working with leading physicians, MAF directly funds pediatric cancer research and therapies that will drastically improve survival rates and reduce the devastating side-effects cancer treatments have on our children. The foundation is named for the daughter of founders Steven Adams and Joan Slaughter, who lost their 6-year-old daughter, Morgan to brain cancer in 1998. Learn more at

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