BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (April 3, 2013) – Riding the momentum of a big Texas race win straight to one of their best tracks, GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, and drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, will be looking for their second 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series victory in a row in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance® Corvette Daytona Prototype – and third career triumph at Barber Motorsports Park – in this weekend’s Porsche 250.
Round 3 of this year’s GRAND-AM Rolex Series schedule, the featured two-hour Porsche 250 sprint is scheduled to start at 12:45 p.m. CDT this Saturday, April 6. The race will be broadcast on SPEED in next day coverage, Sunday, April 7, at 5:30 p.m. EDT/2:30 p.m. PDT.
GAINSCO, Gurney and Fogarty won the Porsche 250 in 2007 and 2009 as well as the most recent GRAND-AM Rolex Series race last month at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. The hard-earned victory in the GRAND-AM of The Americas presented by GAINSCO and Total, March 2, ended an 18-month winless streak for the No. 99 “Red Dragon” team.
The Austin win, to the delight of an enthusiastic crowd of 500 GAINSCO employees, agents and guests, was on Texas “Home Turf” as both GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and GAINSCO Auto Insurance® are based in the greater-Dallas area. The victory snapped a win drought for the team that dated back to the August, 2011 race in Montreal, and provides the perfect springboard for more success at Barber.
GAINSCO has put together a solid record of top-three podium finishes in recent years on the 2.3-mile Barber road course. In addition to the 2007 and 2009 victories, GAINSCO has also finished second in the Porsche 250 the last two years.
“Barber has been very good to us over the years, a fantastic facility where we've been fortunate to end up on the podium more often than not,” Gurney said. “The competition has gotten much stronger lately, though, and we have to continue to scrape for every last bit of speed and consistency.”
In last year’s Porsche 250, GAINSCO chased the similar No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette Daytona Prototype to the finish line.
“Barber is a great track, and having had success there in the past only makes it better,” Fogarty said. “The 90 car has had incredible pace the last few years and that keeps us motivated and working hard to dethrone them. We think we have got a good idea of what it will take and the team is excited to unleash the ‘Red Dragon’ at Barber.”
The Texas victory also moved GAINSCO/Bob Stallings back into the thick of the early-season GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Championship points race after a seventh-place finish in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona. Both the No. 99 team and drivers have 59 points to rank second in the standings, just six points behind leaders Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas and the No. 01 Ganassi Racing entry.
“It’s been a long break since Austin but I think we are all still on a high from our Texas win,” Gurney said. “Getting the monkey off our back couldn't have happened at a better place. Now we'll try to build on our position in the championship.”
The Porsche 250 is a two-day Friday and Saturday event preceded by unofficial track testing on Thursday. Friday features practice and qualifying while race-day Saturday features only the two-hour Porsche 250 that goes green at 12:45 p.m. CDT.
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