DÃ©jÃ -vu for GAINSCO/Blackhawk -- Gurney and Vasser together in Florida MIAMI-- Jimmy Vasser had so much fun driving the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in January that he just had to come back for...
Déjà-vu for GAINSCO/Blackhawk -- Gurney and Vasser together in Florida
MIAMI-- Jimmy Vasser had so much fun driving the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in January that he just had to come back for more. This weekend, the 1996 Champ Car champion will join Alex Gurney behind the wheel of the GAINSCO/Blackhawk Racing Daytona Prototype, providing a one-two punch of open-wheel stars for the Linder Industrial Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The third round of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal finds the team sitting in the top-10 in Daytona Prototype team points for the first time in its history, even after two finishes that could be described as missed opportunities. Incidents and mechanical maladies dashed the team's hopes at the 24 Hours of Daytona, while a hard-luck pit stop put Alex a lap down early at Mexico City. The team fought through their struggles to place 13th in both races -- and with Jimmy aboard at Miami, everyone's looking to bring home a solid finish.
"I scored my first-ever Champ Car victory in the very first race on this track back in 1996 -- it's been a special place to me. I can't think of a better way to come back than to be racing with the Blackhawk team and representing GAINSCO Auto Insurance in one of their largest markets," Vasser said.
As Vasser mentioned, the race will mark a major marketing event for the team's primary backer, GAINSCO Auto Insurance, with a contingent of hundreds of employees, agents and customers on hand to enjoy the racing and cheer on the No. 99 GAINSCO machine.
"We are very happy that Jimmy's decided to return with us," Gurney said. "He proved to us at Daytona just how valuable his driving talents can be. He is a huge asset on every level, and together we hope we can put on a great show for all the GAINSCO fans this weekend."
Team owner and driver Bob Stallings is equally enthused. "Florida is a major market for GAINSCO Auto Insurance, so in a way this is a hometown race for our team. With Jimmy and Alex behind the wheel, we've got the potential for a very strong result. Jimmy's efforts at Daytona really left an impact, and I'm glad he's back in our car."