Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Team Chevy Wins Two at Laguna Seca; Bowtie Wins DP and GS at California Track
Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney drove the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Chevrolet/Riley Daytona Prototype to their first victory of the GRAND-AM Rolex Road Racing Series season in the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival at Laguna Seca Raceway.
Starting in the second position on the grid, the team used superb pit strategy and excellent work on pit road to put themselves in front of the field. Gurney drove the last stint of the race and used his skill behind the wheel to take the GAINSCO Chevy to victory lane. The Fogarty/Gurney pair led 28 of the 107 lap race.
“I’m really happy right now,” said Fogarty. “Alex did an awesome job. The whole team did a phenomenal job. We did everything right today. We capitalized on all the mistakes that the No. 10 (SunTrust Chevrolet/Dallara) and the No. 01 (TELMEX BMW/Riley) had in the pits. Our guys executed their pit stops just flawlessly. We made good calls on when to pit. We just kept coming out ahead of those guys out of the pit box and then Alex drove his butt off and we won.”
“Our pits stops seemed like what kept us with a big gap back to our competitors,” said Gurney. “We had a pretty big gap and I was surprised because we came in behind the No. 01 and came out ahead. That was a great job by the guys for sure. We have momentum on our side and I would say, yes, we are back for sure. We finished second last week and now a win, so we’re on it.”
Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli guided the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Chevrolet/Dallara DP to a third-place finish in the Saturday afternoon race.
"It was a really good weekend for our Chevrolet teams in Grand-Am at Laguna Seca," said Mark Kent, Director, GM Racing. "In Rolex DP, the GAINSCO Chevrolet/Riley team used great pit strategy and excellent work in the pits to get themselves up front today. And, a great driving performance by Alex Gurney was able to keep them up front for the rest of the race and bring home the Bob Stallings Racing Chevy team's first win of the year. It was very close and exciting racing at the end and Max Angelelli was able to battle to another podium finish, taking the checkered flag in third place.’
The No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Chevrolet/Coyote finished 10th in class, 10 laps down to the winner after mechanical problems with the shift linkage forced the crew to make lengthy repairs before they could return to competition.
Earlier in the day, Camaro picked up its second consecutive overall and in-class Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series win when Matt Bell and John Edwards drove the No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GS.R to the win after starting from the pole. It was also the second consecutive win for Bell and Edwards.
“This is the most perfect car we've ever been given,” said Bell. “It was an amazing job done by the team. They are always trying something new, and making knowledgeable decisions. It was our first pole of the season, I got fastest lap and it's awesome to win on my home track.”
“We knew we could contend for the win,” said Edwards. “But we were really short on fuel, so those cautions helped us and I was doing a lot of fuel saving. I was saving a lot of fuel and then finally the cautions came out and we knew we were good to go. We got the result we needed as opposed to having to pit for a splash at the end. Two in a row, I can’t say enough about the Stevenson team.”
"In GS competition, while the No. 57 Camaro GS.R wasn't the fastest car in class,” Kent concluded. “The Stevenson Motorsports team methodically took advantage of opportunities throughout the race as other competitors had misfortunes to capture their second consecutive victory."
Bell and Edwards combined to lead 51 of the 79 laps in today’s race.
The No. 62 Mitchum Motorsports Camaro GS.R, driven by Joey Atterbury and Lawson Aushchenbach finished fourth after qualifying third. The No. 00 CKS Autosport Camaro GS.R team was sixth in GS at the checkered while the No. 00 CKS Autosport Camaro GS.R was the eighth place finisher. The No. 6 Mitchum Motorsports Camaro GS.R crossed the finish line in 12th.
In Rolex GT, the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R was best in-class for Team Chevy crossing the finish line in 4th position. The No. 31 Marsh Racing Corvette finished fifth followed by the No. 07 Banner Racing Camaro GT.R in the sixth finishing position. The No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Camaro GT.R was 10th in class after extended time in the pits to repair an electrical issue.
By: team chevy