GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing fourth fastest in opening practice at New Jersey Motorsports Park for Sunday’s Global Barter 250
Morning time tops for No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette Daytona Prototype
MILLVILLE, N.J. (May 11, 2012) — GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, and drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, were fourth fastest in a top-six run of Corvette Daytona Prototypes Friday in opening practice for the Global Barter 250 presented by Susan G. Komen for the Cure at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) where the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance “Red Dragon” clocked in with a top lap time of 1:15.917 (106.695 mph).
“It’s been good, the car was pretty well balanced when we unloaded, which is always a great way to start the weekend,” Fogarty said. “We have just been kind of making small adjustments, adapting to track conditions and thinking about what’s going to be the best car for the race. We are really happy with the GAINSCO car, it seems to be good over a long run. This place can be pretty brutal on tires but it appears as though we have a pretty good handle on it. We are hoping for a clean race with a lot of green running because we think we have a fast car.”
Gurney was equally as enthusiastic about the potential the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette Daytona Prototype is showing so far this weekend at NJMP.
“We’re quite happy I think,” Gurney said. “We have been really focused on the race and, definitely in the last two sessions at least, it seems like our car hangs in there quite a bit better than everyone else. We are pretty positive about it all, we keep making little fine adjustments, and finding a little bit more. We are really hoping for a long stretch of green in the race. The fewer yellows the better for us. The later in a run we get, the bigger the gap we seem to have on the other guys. That’s the way we are playing it this weekend.”
Another pleasing positive this weekend is the mild spring temperatures in Southern New Jersey after teams had to endure a pair of races in brutally hot temperatures at NJMP the last two years. The thermometer isn’t expected to get anywhere near 80 degrees all weekend.
“It’s nice not having to get roasted alive in the car,” Fogarty said. “Anything after Homestead is obviously an improvement, but it’s a good time of the year to be here. It looks like the weather is going to be nice through the race weekend. We had such severe heat in years past that people were basically having to get out of the car and that’s not going to be an issue this weekend. It takes away one factor and makes it a little bit more of a straight forward event.”
Less concern about the weather lets GAINSCO keep all of its attention on the main issue at hand this weekend.
“The last few years have been pretty rough around here and it has been nice not having to think about that and just be focused on the car.”
GAINSCO is looking for its second win at NJMP in three years and first of the 2012 season in the team’s new No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette Daytona Prototype in Sunday’s race.
Gurney and Fogarty drove the No. 99 GAINSCO “Red Dragon” to their only victory on Thunderbolt at NJMP in 2010 and backed it up with a third-place finish last year after contending for the victory. Fogarty won the pole in qualifying during the winning 2010 weekend and GAINSCO has started no lower than third in each of the last three races at NJMP.