Bob Stallings Racing and Jon Fogarty qualify second for Saturday’s Chevrolet GRAND-AM Detroit 200 at Belle Isle
No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance® Corvette Daytona Prototype and Fogarty Just Edged for the Pole in an Ultra-Tight Qualifying Session Friday for Tomorrow’s Two-Hour Detroit Street Fight
DETROIT (May 31, 2013) – GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and Jon Fogarty held the pole three times during qualifying for Saturday’s GRAND-AM Detroit 200 at Belle Isle but came up just a tick short when the checkered flag flew Friday at the end of a tight 15-minute session on the 13-turn, 2.36-mile Detroit street circuit.
The team’s top lap time of 1:27.802 (96.763 mph) was still good enough to earn an outside front row position for tomorrow’s timed two-hour race in which Fogarty will co-drive the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance® Corvette Daytona Prototype with Alex Gurney.
Fogarty is the all-time Daytona Prototype career pole leader with 25 and also returned to Detroit with the GAINSCO “Red Dragon” team as the defending Belle Isle pole winners. A second-straight Motor City pole looked likely as Fogarty repeatedly posted fastest laps in the session but he and GAINSCO ultimately missed a shot at a final flyer as the No. 99 was getting low on fuel just as the track was coming up to grip.
“It’s super tight, a competitive field, and it would have been really nice to get another pole,” Fogarty said. “I think we missed it a little bit and in retrospect it probably would have been smart to take on enough fuel to run the whole session because today’s earlier rain shower really washed the rubber off the track. When the track got better at the end we just weren’t there and that was probably when the track was at its best.”
GAINSCO showed up with a typically strong car at Belle Isle and clocked in third fastest in Friday morning’s opening practice and second in the afternoon run before qualifying.
“The car has been great, right from when we rolled off the truck, and it felt comfortable,” Gurney said. “It was a good day, we worked through our normal program and qualifying was incredibly tight with the first six cars within a few 10ths of a second. It will be a close race tomorrow and strategy is going to be important with the shorter two-hour time limit.”
GAINSCO is in contention for its third set of GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Championships to go along with title in 2007 and 2009. The BobStallingsCars.com No. 99 GAINSCO “Red Dragon,” and the duo of Gurney and Fogarty, rank second, just seven points out of first, in the respective team and driver championships, 128 – 121.
Race-day Saturday begins with a 30-minute final practice warm-up session before that afternoon’s featured Chevrolet GRAND-AM Detroit 200 at 12:25 p.m. EDT.
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