Fogarty, Gurney Go For Second Straight
By: John Singler on April 4, 2013 | 11:35 A.M. EST
The No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing entry, shown here en route to victory last month in Texas, shoots for a second straight victory Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park. (Photo: Brian Cleary)
If it’s possible to carry momentum from one race to the next through a month-long break in the schedule, then GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing is arriving at Barber Motorsports Park this week with a full head of steam.
Co-drivers Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney snapped a 15-race winless streak in their last outing last month and will now seek a second straight victory Saturday in the Porsche 250.
"We’ve had some big wins in the past where championships have been on the line so our Austin (Texas) victory has some steep competition, but it was huge," Fogarty said of the March 2 win at Circuit of The Americas. Both the team and sponsor GAINSCO Auto Insurance are based in the greater Dallas area, and there were hundreds of employees in the grandstands cheering for the No. 99 "Red Dragon." "In light of where we were racing, who was in attendance and coming back from a winless 2012, it was significant.
"It showed that this team still has the championship fire. We’ve never lost the desire and will to win, and the Texas victory showed that."
Now, the challenge is carrying that over to the third round of the 2013 season at Barber – where the No. 99 team has won twice before.
"The track’s been very good to us over the years," Gurney said, "a fantastic facility where we’ve been fortunate to end up on the podium more often than not."
Fogarty and Gurney were victorious on the 2.3-mile, 17-turn circuit in 2007 and 2009. They finished second last year behind the Spirit of Daytona Racing tandem of Antonio Garcia and Richard Westbrook.
"The ‘90’ car has had incredible pace the last few years," Fogarty said of the Spirit of Daytona team. "That keeps us motivated and working hard to dethrone them. We think we have a good idea of what it will take to win on Saturday."
Gurney and Fogarty are also focused on dethroning reigning series champions Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, who hold a six-point edge over the GAINSCO duo through the first two races of the season. A victory Saturday would make the No. 99 team the first with back-to-back Daytona Prototype wins since Wayne Taylor Racing put two in a row together at Homestead and New Jersey last spring.
"It’s been a long break since Austin, but I think we’re still on a high from the Texas win," Gurney said. "Getting the monkey off our back couldn’t have happened at a better place. Now, we’ll try to build on our position in the championship race."
The No. 99 Corvette team is among 13 DP entries scheduled to compete at Barber this weekend. There are also 16 teams entered in GT and GX classes.
GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series teams opened practice at Barber Motorsports Park on Thursday and will qualify Friday morning. Motor Racing Network will have live coverage of Saturday’s Porsche 250 beginning at 1:30 p.m. (ET) with live streaming at MotorRacingNetwork.com.