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Gurney, Fogarty look to repeat polesitting performance for GAINSCO team at Barber Motorsports Park BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 27, 2006) -- This weekend at the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant at Barber Motorsports Park, Alex Gurney,...

Gurney, Fogarty look to repeat polesitting performance for GAINSCO team at Barber Motorsports Park

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 27, 2006) -- This weekend at the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant at Barber Motorsports Park, Alex Gurney, Jon Fogarty and the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley will look to defend the team's first-ever pole position, which Gurney seized last year at this very race. If not for a late-race penalty, it could have very nearly been the team's first-ever Rolex Series victory. This time, Gurney and Fogarty again figure to be two of the drivers to beat.

The winding, rolling 2.3-mile road course nestled in the rolling hills of northern Alabama is a challenging one to come to grips with. Fogarty, who's never seen the circuit before, is looking forward to racing at what he called "an amazing facility."

"It's going to be a brand new track for me and I'm excited to get some laps in," Jon said. "For sure the heat is going to be a big factor and the competition will be hot as well, but looking at last year's performance, we think the GAINSCO Pontiac can run up front. A win here would be a great way to kick off the final stretch of the season."

Gurney was equally exuberant about the facility and the racetrack -- "Barber is such a beautiful place to race," he said. "We felt that this was a breakout event for us in 2005 and we want to make amends for that penalty from last year -- this track owes us one. We figured out a few things at our Salt Lake City test that should give us even more speed from the GAINSCO Riley this weekend."

Team owner Bob Stallings said the symbolic value of a victory this weekend for the GAINSCO team could not be overestimated. "Getting that first win is a hugely important milestone for us, and I believe that getting it at Barber is a very reasonable objective, especially after the race we had last year," Stallings said. "Alex had the pole and led every lap in his first stint, and with Jon coming onboard, I think we've got the driver team to beat. I'm stoked about this weekend!"

Unofficial promoter practice for the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant begins today, with the race weekend officially kicking off on Friday. Daytona Prototype qualifying is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and the 109-lap, 250-mile or 2-hour, 45-minute main event will get the green flag at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday. The race will be televised live on SPEED Channel. Race weekend updates from the team are available on the From the Pit blog at GAINSCOracing.blogspot.com, and Internet radio coverage and live timing and scoring are available at www.Grand-Am.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Alex Gurney , Bob Stallings