Daytona Prototype at Barber Motorsports Park|0
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (March 31, 2012) - GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, and drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, finished second in Saturday's Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park, the team's second-consecutive runner-up showing at the track and fourth career top-three podium finish on the scenic 2.3-mile Alabama road course.
The No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette Daytona both started and finished second in the Porsche 250 as the "Red Dragon" was just off the pace of the similar pole and race-winning No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette Daytona Prototype. Fogarty started alongside and trailed the No. 90 for most of his stint before Gurney took over and crossed the finish line 2.326 seconds behind the winners. The finish was the first podium showing for GAINSCO in its new Daytona Prototype in just the team's second race with the car.
"We knew from last year that the No. 90 had something magic for around here," Gurney said. "We were wondering if it was going to transfer over to the Corvette and it seems like it did. We feel like we gained on them, at least compared to last year, but they still obviously had the pace. Our car ran pretty good, the tires hung in there OK, but we were definitely trying to take it easy on them because we knew that at the very end of the stint they have a pretty significant fall off. Anyway, a good run for us and a good points day."
The solid finish at Barber puts GAINSCO back into the early-season championship picture after a distant 13th place finish in January's season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
"It is good to have the Corvettes up on the podium for Chevrolet, it is a big turnaround for the No. 99 GAINSCO car after our result at Daytona, so it is good to be up on the podium for sure," Fogarty said. "We are going in the right direction for the remainder of this year. We had a clean start from second and were all spread out heading into Turn 1. I tried to hang with the No. 90 car for three quarters of the first lap but soon realized they had really good pace. I also noticed they were starting on fresh sticker tires, and I was starting on qualifiers, so I immediately switched to fuel conservation mode. I figured if we had a yellow and we all had to pit, we could gain an advantage by taking on less fuel. So I was trying to maintain