Turner Motorsport Kicks Off KONI Season with Victory on StopTech Brakes

February 16, 2017



LOS ANGELES (January 2009) – Turner Motorsport gave Team StopTech its first victory of the 2009 racing season by winning the Grand-Am Koni Sports Car Challenge race at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida with the No. #96 StopTech Brakes BMW M3. The feat was the first Koni Challenge win ever for a BMW M3 at Daytona Speedway, a track long dominated by more powerful cars, and handed Turner Motorsport its record-setting 14 th victory for a GS team in Koni Challenge history.

Team StopTech, which is itself not an actual race team, consists of the select production based race cars from the Tri-Point Engineering, GMG Racing and Turner Motorsport teams competing on StopTech performance brakes in the Grand-Am Koni Sports Car Challenge Series and the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Series. Both series are broadcast on SPEED channel throughout the year, with the Daytona  Koni Sports Car Challenge slated to air on Saturday, January 31, at 4:00pm ET.

The famous Daytona International Speedway challenges racers with a 3.56-mile, 12-turn course that requires precise braking and control to capitalize on its selection of hairpin turns. The winning No. #96 StopTech Brakes BMW M3 from Turner Motorsport pulled 2:01.046 on its fastest lap during the 74 lap race that kicked off the 2009 Koni Challenge Series on January 23.

"The M3 was like a Swiss watch and it just kept turning one precise lap after another,” stated Bill Auberlen who piloted the StopTech equipped car to victory with co-driver Matt Bell. “Everything Matt and I asked of it, we got,” he concluded.  The win was Auberlen's 12th in Koni Challenge racing and second in the last three races going back to last year. It was co-driver Matt Bell's first win among the ranks of professional racers. Bell drove the first part of the race then handed the reins to Auberlen during one of the race's cautions.

“The 2009 racing season will provide an opportunity for StopTech to work even closer with our marquee race partners, such as Turner Motorsport, to deliver track-tested performance and technology to all of our customers,” said Dan Lelchuk, president of Centric Parts. StopTech is the ultra-performance division of Centric Parts and a leading innovator of world-class brake components and systems for production-based racing cars and high-performance vehicles on the street and track.  

StopTech helped Global Motorsports Groups’ James Sofronas capture his first career SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge victory in 2008 and helped Porsche claim the SCCA SPEED GT Manufacturers’ Championship. Jason Saini of Tri-Point Motorsports earned the Rookie-of-the-Year for the season driving a StopTech-equipped MAZDA6. Turner Motorsport’s Bill Auberlen cruised to multiple podium finishes a third year in a row capturing the checkered flag at the Miller Motorsports Park Koni Challenge race. The 2008 season was capped off with the release of the StopTech Trophy Big Brake Kits, featuring ultra lightweight calipers and a full floating rotor configuration designed to deliver maximum performance on the track. 

StopTech is Centric Parts’ ultra performance division and a leading innovator of world-class brake components and systems for production-based racing cars and high performance vehicles on the street and track. StopTech was the first to offer balanced brake upgrades for production cars and remains the worldwide leader with more than 700 platform offerings to dramatically improve overall braking performance. StopTech’s industry leading technologies and materials, from rock-solid calipers to ingeniously efficient heat-handling rotors, result in shorter stopping distances, better brake modulation, and less brake fade.

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