Long Beach: Blackhawk Racing preview

GAINSCO team looks for hometown edge with Rocky Moran, Jr. at Long Beach DALLAS-- Three races in, GAINSCO/Blackhawk Racing is in the thick of the Rolex Sports Car Series championship fight and to grab an "unfair advantage" in the first-ever ...

GAINSCO team looks for hometown edge with Rocky Moran, Jr. at Long Beach

DALLAS-- Three races in, GAINSCO/Blackhawk Racing is in the thick of the Rolex Sports Car Series championship fight and to grab an "unfair advantage" in the first-ever Daytona Prototype street race at Long Beach, Calif. on April 8, hometown favorite Rocky Moran, Jr. will join Alex Gurney behind the wheel of the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley -- a dynamic duo of Southern California second-generation stars.

"Driving the GAINSCO machine with Alex at Long Beach will be awesome," Moran, Jr. said. "We both know the track very well and we've even raced against each other in our Atlantic cars. Alex is the perfect teammate for me -- he's familiar with the car, he's quick and he's a friend. I know that I'll be able to learn from him and together I think we can win. In addition to family and friends, I'll have hundreds or maybe thousands of people from the California karting community to root us on. I'm looking forward to giving this race our best shot for the GAINSCO team."

Moran previously piloted the No. 99 at the season-opening Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona -- his first-ever sports car race. The second-generation driver's performance there, helping the team bring home a wounded GAINSCO Riley in 13th place in class, did much to impress team owner Bob Stallings. Rocky's extensive experience on the demanding street circuit was also a key factor in the selection -- he dominated the Toyota Atlantic Championship race there last year until mechanical maladies put him out of the race.

"We are really pleased that Rocky will be back on the GAINSCO team for the Long Beach Grand Prix. He did an excellent job for us at the 24 Hours and we are especially fortunate to have him on this street course," Stallings said. "Being that both Alex and Rocky are hometown boys, I think that'll create an added incentive -- there will be plenty of family and friends in the stands to cheer them on. We are expecting good things this weekend."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Alex Gurney , Rocky Moran