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GAINSCO Wins Barber - Pontiac Perfect Pontiac 1-2-3 In DP Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney in the No. 99 GAINSCO Pontiac Daytona Prototype (DP) continued their juggernaut in the Rolex Series by winning the Porsche 250 At Barber Motorsport Park today.

GAINSCO Wins Barber - Pontiac Perfect
Pontiac 1-2-3 In DP

Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney in the No. 99 GAINSCO Pontiac Daytona Prototype (DP) continued their juggernaut in the Rolex Series by winning the Porsche 250 At Barber Motorsport Park today. GAINSCO was followed by the No. 75 Krohn Pontiac and third place went to the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac in round 10 of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve.

The DP win caps a perfect Pontiac weekend of racing. Kelly Collins and Paul Edwards won the GT race in their Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R yesterday and Rhys Millen won the Time Attack division at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb with his Red Bull Pontiac Solstice GXP.

The GAINSCO team logged their fifth win of the season. The Texas-based team was hot in the 95-degree heat, winning the two-hour-and-thirty-minute race from the pole position. Gurney started feeling a little warm when the No. 75 Krohn Pontiac, with 18-year old phenom Colin Braun at the wheel gave him a battle for the win over the last 20-laps. Braun put his Pontiac-powered Riley in a position to challenge for the lead by a strong first stint by new co-driver Nic Jonsson. Jonsson was able to lead a handful of laps early on the strength of a fast pit stop by the Krohn Racing crew.

"Colin gave me good run at the end," Gurney said. "We had enough left at the end to keep the position. I was having a little trouble going into the hairpin, but I was able to get off of the turn really good. We had a good clean pit stop and driver change and were able to get out ahead of the 75 in the pits. I was in the car for a long time in the heat. Bob Stallings was a motivating force on the radio and that kept me focused."

The new team pairing of Jonsson and Braun resulted in the team's second-place finish. Jonsson started the race from the second row and was a factor at the front his entire stint, proving the pace of the green and blue Krohn Pontiac.

"The Krohn Racing guys gave us a great car," Braun said. "We were fastest in every practice session but weren't able to pull off the win. I never really had a chance to pass Alex. It looked like he was slowing a little, but I just couldn't get a run on him. I wanted to make sure not to make a mistake to preserve the position. Chasing him cost us some fuel mileage and with about three laps to go the car started to sputter on fuel. We really wanted a win for the guys they deserve one. We can carry this effort to Montreal and hopefully take the next step up on the podium."

New SunTrust Pontiac Riley driver Memo Gidley had an impressive debut with his new mount. Gidley ran solidly in the top five right up to the 45-minute pit stop. He the handed the driving duties over to anchor driver Max Angelelli. Angelelli ran over two-hours in the heat and managed to come in third, rounding out an all Pontiac podium.

"It was a good run," Gidley said. "It has been since Utah last year since I was last on the podium. The car can run at the front and that is great. I did very few laps in practice, but was still able to qualify in fourth, that is a testament to the Wayne Taylor Racing Team. I kept the car toward the front and Max did a great job over a lot of laps to get us on the podium. Max has so much experience in the car that he really knows how to setup the car and has been to tall of the tracks.

Christian Fittipaldi and Harrison Brix showed the improvement of the Crown Royal Reserve Cheever Racing Fabcar Pontiac. The team made a strategy decision to pit the No. 39 on the first lap, getting the mandatory 45-minute pit stop out of the way. Based on this call, Fittipaldi led several laps early.

"We had an o.k. run today," Fittipaldi said. "We played out our strategy by pitting on the first lap and that put us in a position to lead the race when everyone else came in under the yellow. The car was a little loose and I spun in the last turn coming onto the straight. I was able to recover and just dropped back a couple of spots. We then lost about six more in the latter part of the race. The new motor package is helping, but we still have a little drivability work to do on the Fabcar Pontiac combination."

Round 11 of the Grand-Am Rolex Series will be run at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada on August 3.

-credit: gm racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Alex Gurney , Paul Edwards , Memo Gidley , Christian Fittipaldi , Jon Fogarty , Rhys Millen , Wayne Taylor , Colin Braun , Kelly Collins , Max Angelelli , Harrison Brix
Teams Krohn Racing , Wayne Taylor Racing