Second-place Porsche 250 finish for Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty

Podium finish moves team and drivers within two points of championship lead

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (April 6, 2013) – GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing’s third-straight second-place finish in the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday moved team drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, and the No 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance® Corvette Daytona Prototype team, to within two points of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series championship points lead.

Closing driver Gurney crossed the finish line less than five seconds behind Max Angelelli and the race-winning No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype. It was the third year in a row that the No. 99 “Red Dragon” earned runner-up honors in the Porsche 250 and this most recent second-place finish boosted GAINSCO’s season points total to 91. The team and drivers are just behind the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing BMW Riley, and drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, who left Barber with 93 points after a fourth-place finish.

Start: #99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP: Jon Fogarty, Alex Gurney
Start: #99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP: Jon Fogarty, Alex Gurney

Photo by: Mike Geng

“It wasn’t super eventful for me but we were pushing hard the whole way,” Gurney said. “It seemed like when I had clear traffic I could gain a little bit on Angelelli, and that kept happening back and forth. We would catch a little traffic, split up, and there would be a lot of give and take within about three seconds. That never changed the whole race.”

Gurney drove the final 50 minutes of the two-hour race while starting driver Fogarty led 14 laps during his opening stint. That included the race’s first 13 laps when he led the field to the green flag after winning a career record-extending 25th pole position in Friday qualifying.

“The opening part of my stint was great,” Fogarty said. “The car was really perfect and I was able to open up a gap and kind of maintain my pace. Then a yellow came out, people kind of mixed up their strategies, and we came out in the middle of the field. Working our way through traffic we came up upon a bunch of slower cars and I just picked the wrong line. I ended up following a GT car through the grass and was just fighting from there.”

The BobStallingsCar.com No. 99 escaped any major damage in the brief off course excursion as GAINSCO was able to add to its impressive finishing record at Barber. In addition to the recent runner-up placings, GAINSCO also won at Barber in 2007 and 2009 for a total of five podium showings on the scenic circuit in nine career races.

“We had a good clean race,” Fogarty said. “The 10 car went around the outside of me for position, it was a good move, but I feel like that is what put us in second place. It would have been great to win, but we are conscious of the fact that we play for championships. Podium points are solid and this moves us closer to the championship.”

While Fogarty avoided disaster in the run through grass Gurney withstood some tense moments of his own in the late going.

“We were actually having a little bit of a misfire,” Gurney said. “Down the straights it was just really awkward, this little cut out, and then we went to reserve on fuel with about four laps to go. We cranked it way back and made it home.”

GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing

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