Pontiac One-Two-Three At Daytona Banner GXP.R Second In GT Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney made it three wins in a row for the No. 99 GAINSCO Pontiac Daytona Prototype (DP) this evening in the Brumos Porsche 250 and round eight of the Grand-Am Rolex...
Pontiac One-Two-Three At Daytona
Banner GXP.R Second In GT
Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney made it three wins in a row for the No. 99 GAINSCO Pontiac Daytona Prototype (DP) this evening in the Brumos Porsche 250 and round eight of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve. In GT, Kelly Collins and Paul Edwards drove the No. 07 Banner GXP.R to a second place finish and took over the GT points lead. The race was run under threatening skies, 90-degree heat and near 100% humidity.
The GAINSCO hot streak keeps going, with wins in the last three races at Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio and tonight at Daytona. The duo of Fogarty and Gurney have sat on the pole the last three races and also on the top step of the podium. The race was not a breeze for the Texas team. Fogarty maintained the lead early and was saddled with a stop-and-go penalty for avoidable contact, which sent him back some 10 places.
"That was the longest hour-and-a-half I have spent in the car," Fogarty said. "The penalty really had me mad behind the wheel. I used it as motivation to channel a little more speed to get us back up to the front. I really thought it was just a racing incident and really didn't think I deserved a penalty. Alex got in and drove a fault free race, the team was great in the pits and we just keep rolling with wins."
The No. 10 SunTrust car of Jonathan Cochet and Max Angelelli finished second. After a difficult qualifying session which saw the contending team, Angelelli is second in points, start from the back, they fought there way back to a second place finish.
"It was physically really hard," said Angelelli. "I was pushing my hardest to catch the 99. I think he was just going fast enough to keep the lead. We had a difficult qualifying session, starting from last place on the grid. Jonathan did a good job to get us closer to the front and team strategy and good car under me put us in second."
The No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley started by Max Papis and finished by Colin Braun took the last step on the podium for third. The Krohn pair have their second podium finish in a row.
"We did everything we could tonight," Papis said. "It was a very physical race, with only one yellow. I thought we had a winning car and then you see how the 99 car was just slicing through traffic. I had a lot of car to hand over to Colin and he did a good job to keep us up toward the front and bring it home in third. We are getting better every race."
NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson started the No. 91 LOWE'S Riley-Mathews Motorsport Pontiac Riley from the front row and was able to hold his position with some of the best road racers in the world. On lap seven he came to the pits, for the 45-minute mandatory pit stop, when he left he got into a race in pit lane and was slapped with a speeding penalty. The team couldn't make-up the ground and Marc Goosens brought the car home in ninth.
"That is the hottest I have ever been in a race car," Johnson said. "It was a fun race. I had that penalty early, the pit speed limiter wasn't working and I got a speeding ticket. That cost us, and without another caution the rest of the race we couldn't make-up the time. The Riley guys really have a fast car and I like racing in the series."
Kelly Collins and Paul Edwards were able to lead a lot of laps in the Banner Pontiac GXP.R No. 07. With just eight to go, Edwards could not hold off the lighter and more powerful Mazda and had to settle for second place. The high points finish has vaulted Edwards and Collins into the Rolex Series GT points lead.
"I felt taken advantage of when the Mazda raced by me into turn one," Edwards said. "We had the measure of them in the infield and then onto the banking they just roll bye us. I was able to maintain the lead and then I got caught in bad places by DP cars that dive down under and that cost me time, that allowed the Mazda to close up the gap and motor bye. We are in the drivers points lead and have run very consistently and mechanically trouble free all year."
Tim Lewis Jr. and Leighton Reese battled a lagging cool suit to come home in sixth in their No. 06 Banner GXP.R. The pair ran up toward the front of the field all race, but had to pit early due to Lewis experiencing leg cramps.
"It was tough out there," Reese said. "It was alike riding a paint shaker in a furnace. The car was really good and the guys had great pit stops. We had to pit a little early to get Tim out of the car and that forced to pit late for a splash of fuel. Once again the Banner crew did a great job."
The teams will travel to the new Iowa Speedway next weekend for round nine, with the DP cars running Friday, July 13 and the GT race going off on Saturday, July 14.
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