Mexico City: Blackhawk Racing Thursday report

Solid start south of the border for GAINSCO Auto Insurance team A pair of strong top-5 and top-10 runs for the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley in today's Grand-Am free practice sessions at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez have given...

Solid start south of the border for GAINSCO Auto Insurance team

A pair of strong top-5 and top-10 runs for the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley in today's Grand-Am free practice sessions at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez have given Bob Stallings and Alex Gurney a renewed sense of confidence going into the 100-lap, 250-mile second round of the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series here on Saturday afternoon. Alex Gurney posted the second-quickest time in the afternoon's opening hour, bettered only by the #60 Daytona Prototype. Gurney also turned strong times in the second session, but chased a push throughout the 90-minute session. Notably, Stallings turned several consistently solid runs in the afternoon, posting a personal best lap of 1:25.3.

Driver Quotes:

Bob Stallings, co-driver/owner: "Today was the best I ever felt in this car. We rolled off the truck with a solid setup, and though the changing track caught us out a bit in the second session, I still was able to turn some great laps. I'm learning a lot about the limits - of the car and myself - and that gives me a lot of confidence. The Riley chassis is truly a pleasure to drive, and I'm figuring out how far I can go with it."

Alex Gurney, co-driver: "We had a pretty good day, I think. The track started to go away from us - it flip-flopped from the first session - and that threw the balance a bit off so we've got changes to make. The new layout of the last turn is truly awesome, a lot more fun to go through and a lot faster. I'm really proud of Bob - he's made huge improvements in his game, I'd call it a breakthrough for him today."

-br

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Alex Gurney , Bob Stallings