Strong performance at Miami test builds confidence for GAINSCO team's 2007 chase for the championship HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2006) -- Alex Gurney, Jon Fogarty and the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team concluded a two-day test...
Strong performance at Miami test builds confidence for GAINSCO team's 2007 chase for the championship
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2006) -- Alex Gurney, Jon Fogarty and the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team concluded a two-day test at Homestead-Miami Speedway today, and both drivers left the track with renewed confidence in the GAINSCO team's ability to challenge for the 2007 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype championship.
Driving the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley, Gurney and Fogarty each turned some of the fastest laps of the weekend, with Alex turning his quickest unofficial time of 1 minute, 13.929 seconds around the 2.3-mile speedway road course.
"We've made major gains since our last test, and I'm just stoked about the way the car's handling," Gurney said. "Kyle (Brannan, team engineer) and the guys have used the off-season well. We're once again fast right out of the box with the GAINSCO car. But the competition's really tight and tough at the top of the field, just like last year. We'll have to scrape for every tenth if we want to win."
For his part, Fogarty was impressed by the way the car handled without traction control on the slick, banked Homestead infield course. Electronic traction control has been banned from Grand-Am DP competition in the 2007 season.
"There's definitely a big effect on this track, because it requires traction control more than a lot of others," he said. "I think it's very cool to drive without it, because it's another problem you've got to solve behind the wheel. It will shake some people out, because it takes a different toolset to drive without it. Rain races will be very interesting, too."
The Bob Stallings Racing team will now return to its Lewisville, Texas shops to enjoy the holidays and prepare for the final pre-season testing event, the Rolex Series Daytona Test Days at Daytona International Speedway, Jan. 4-6, 2007. There, 1996 Champ Car champion Jimmy Vasser will join the team in preparation for his second-straight Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona appearance behind the wheel of the GAINSCO Daytona Prototype.