Hard work rewarded, as Gurney, Fogarty find speed at Barber Park Setup tweaks pay off, helping GAINSCO team put up some of day's fastest times LEEDS, Ala. (July 20, 2007) -- In testing yesterday at Barber Motorsports Park, Alex Gurney and Jon ...
Hard work rewarded, as Gurney, Fogarty find speed at Barber Park
Setup tweaks pay off, helping GAINSCO team put up some of day's fastest times
LEEDS, Ala. (July 20, 2007) -- In testing yesterday at Barber Motorsports Park, Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty were left searching for speed. But in today's practice sessions for Sunday's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant, that search yielded results for the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac-powered Riley. In the afternoon, Gurney recorded the day's second-quickest time, a 1:22.089-second lap of the 2.3-mile road course, at an average speed of 100.866 mph.
Both drivers are now confident that they've made major strides in the setup of the No. 99, as they worked with team engineer Kyle Brannan to make the GAINSCO car more stable throughout the twisting and rolling circuit. A few small tweaks are on tap for tomorrow, as the team searches for even quicker times to help Fogarty in his quest to record his fourth consecutive pole and ninth consecutive front-row start.
One final practice session remains; that 20-minute dash at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow will set the Daytona Prototypes up for 15 minutes of qualifying, starting at 10:25 a.m. The 109-lap, 250-mile or two-hour, 30-minute Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant goes green on Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m. Central time.
Alex Gurney: "We've been learning the whole time -- yesterday we were really scratching our heads. But we have been improving the GAINSCO car every session, and we improved it quite a bit more in the afternoon. Jon, Kyle and I really worked to perfect the balance, because this track is very complex and technical. There are a lot of corners that fall away, some tough power-down spots, high speeds and big elevation changes. The challenge is to find the best compromise that creates a stable car. We still wonder about the ultimate speed of the 75 car, but we seem to have our main championship rivals, the 01 and the 10, covered so far."
Jon Fogarty: "We've been playing a bit of catch-up with the 75 car, and we really had to chase things all over the map today -- but I think we found things which we can use to find even more speed tomorrow. Getting on the front row would be great -- we can start off the race smooth, open up a gap to our rivals, have good pit stops and see what the race brings us."
Bob Stallings: "The GAINSCO team had a good day today -- we went looking for a little more speed and found some. It's hard to tell right now whether we got all we need, and in racing you can never be totally satisfied with where you are, but we feel fairly confident about qualifying tomorrow. We just want to Jon to stick the No. 99 in the first couple rows, get a clean start and be up front at the end, when it counts."