Daytona 24: Blackhawk Racing pre-race report

GAINSCO Auto Insurance team set for first-ever assault on the 24 Hours of Daytona The GAINSCO/Blackhawk Racing team took it a bit easy today at the Daytona International Speedway, skipping the morning's practice session to complete an engine ...

GAINSCO Auto Insurance team set for first-ever assault on the 24 Hours of Daytona

The GAINSCO/Blackhawk Racing team took it a bit easy today at the Daytona International Speedway, skipping the morning's practice session to complete an engine change and only turning a few shakedown laps in the afternoon. Those laps, turned in by starting driver Alex Gurney, were fortuitous, as they allowed the team to diagnose and repair an engine-related problem that had been niggling the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley all weekend long. Gurney will start the 44th annual endurance racing classic from inside the second row, a placement that Alex believes is critical to success in the race.

Alex and his co-drivers, Bob Stallings, Rocky Moran, Jr. and Jimmy Vasser, are now confident they'll have the car and the crew to go the distance over 24 hours of the demanding and intense 3.56 mile speedway road course. The green flag drops at 12 p.m. Eastern time Saturday, with live television coverage on SPEED Channel , Internet radio coverage at Grand-Am.com and live race updates from the team at GAINSCOracing.com.

Driver Quotes:

Bob Stallings, co-driver/owner: "I think we've got what it takes to be around at the finish of this race, and that's what matters at this point. I'm totally stoked that we've been so quick and competitive all weekend. Now we've got to go the distance twice around the clock, and that's definitely THE biggest challenge. You race the clock here, not the other cars."

Alex Gurney, co-driver: "Traffic is going to be key. Starting close to the front of the pack will, I think, help us avoid anything that might go wrong in the pack early in the race. We, as the drivers of the GAINSCO machine, need to remember that it's a long haul, and staying out of trouble will be critically important to putting together a strong finish."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Alex Gurney , Bob Stallings , Rocky Moran