Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty dominated the seventh round of the Rolex Sports Car Series Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, leading all but six laps of the caution-free, 111-lap race en route to their second consecutive victory behind the...
Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty dominated the seventh round of the Rolex Sports Car Series Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, leading all but six laps of the caution-free, 111-lap race en route to their second consecutive victory behind the wheel of the No. 99 Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley. The two drivers now have three wins this year - an impressive total given that no other team has won more than once. The duo also won the last caution-free race of the season, in Mexico City.
"It was a great day for sure," said Gurney. "No yellows so it was pretty trouble-free for us. We were just out there running as fast as we could. The car was just pretty amazing. Even on old tires it just hung in there. It made my deal pretty straightforward. We just had to be careful in traffic and keep the pace up the whole time. We're on a roll and we're stoked. We hope we can keep it up. These guys don't slow down, though, so we're going to keep pushing. So we'll see what happens with the championship at the end of the year."
As for his team's newfound dominance, Gurney refused to reveal any secrets. "It's a combination of a lot of things. Jon and I really good friends and we get a lot out of each other driving wise. The car has been amazing. And every little piece of the puzzle is there. Our pit stops today were amazing and we made up time there. All the pieces are working and we feel we're going to be tough to beat the rest of the year."
Rolex Series points leader Scott Pruett and his Ganassi Racing teammate, Memo Rojas, fended off Krohn Racing's Colin Braun in the closing laps to finish second in their Lexus Riley - more than 30 seconds behind Gurney. Pruett now holds an 11-point lead over SunTrust Racing's Max Angelelli in the Daytona Prototype championship standings.
"The No. 99 car did a great job as always," said Pruett, whose team has finished second in the last three races. "We talked before the race and it was all about strategy and not making a mistake. We're in the hunt for the championship and we're looking at points. We're not going to do anything to take ourselves out of the hunt. It was just a matter of getting into the race and doing exactly what we talked about - not making a mistake. And that's what we did. All of our pit stops were flawless and Memo did a great job. Our strategy was good. There wasn't a bobble or anything. We were right in the middle of the battle all day long. Unfortunately, the No. 99 just had a little more for us. I hope they don't make this a habit because the last couple of races they have been pretty tough. Hopefully, we can turn things around at Daytona here in a few weeks."
Despite power steering issues, Angelelli ended up fourth in the Pontiac Riley he shared with Jonathan Cochet, while David Donohue and Darren Law rounded out the top-five in the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley.
The Rolex Series returns to the track Thursday, July 5 at Daytona International Speedway.