Gurney, GAINSCO team pace field in opening testing at VIR DANVILLE, Va. -- Alex Gurney showed the Grand-Am field the taillights of his No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac-powered Riley today in unofficial open testing at VIRginia International...
Gurney, GAINSCO team pace field in opening testing at VIR
DANVILLE, Va. -- Alex Gurney showed the Grand-Am field the taillights of his No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac-powered Riley today in unofficial open testing at VIRginia International Raceway for Sunday's VIR 400k for the Daytona Prototypes. Gurney turned in by far the fastest time of the day -- a 1-minute, 45.766-second lap of the quick and challenging 3.27-mile circuit. While Gurney, his co-driver Jon Fogarty and the rest of the GAINSCO team know it won't be this easy in qualifying tomorrow or in the race on Sunday, the quick start was a confidence-boosting performance.
Tomorrow, official practice goes green at 11:30 a.m., and Fogarty will take the wheel of the GAINSCO machine for a 15-minute qualifying session at 2:40 p.m.
Alex Gurney: "I love this place. We got a great start and the GAINSCO car is obviously working pretty well. Last year, we had a strong car here, so we didn't have to do anything special, just a few tweaks, really. Jon and I are really happy -- we learned a lot today for sure and we can even fine-tune a bit more tomorrow. As for the gap, I'm pretty surprised because normally it's not like that, but we'll take it."
Jon Fogarty: "We showed up with a good package and haven't had to make any wholesale changes to the 99, just incremental improvements. In the first session, we evaluated a couple small changes and tuned on them, and Alex used them to great effect with his set of tires in that second stint. The car is working very well, and the team deserves a lot of credit. They had a month off from racing, but they haven't been idle at all -- they've been working hard, and it's paying off on track."
Bob Stallings: "The key to this race will be staying in the front group. If, as I believe will be the case, we get very few yellows, four or five cars could set sail and leave everyone else behind. It'll be critical to be up there, because you may not get lucky enough to get caught back up."