EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course|0
LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 9, 2012) - GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, and drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, endured a race-leading setback for the second week in a row Saturday in the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course where the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette Daytona Prototype lost its power steering and any shot at the team's first victory of the 2012 season just 30 minutes into the race.
Starting first after a winning a record-extending 21st Daytona Prototype career pole position in Friday's qualifying session, Fogarty took control of the race from the drop of the green flag. He led the first 17 laps but the No. 99 GAINSCO "Red Dragon" suddenly suffered the power steering failure. Fogarty soldiered on in the stricken car but fell to fourth as he and the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team tried to do what they could to fix the car on track.
"It just doesn't work without power steering," said Fogarty, who also paced last week's opening race laps at Detroit from the pole only to have several issues knock GAINSCO from winning contention. "The way these cars are designed is to function with power steering, so without it the car becomes somewhat non-functional. You can muscle it around for a while but it is extremely fatiguing and also quite dangerous because when you have to make a correction you just don't have the needed ability to correct the steering wheel. We did everything we could and tried to diagnose the problem."
After several attempts at flipping circuit breakers and tripping various switches didn't correct the problem, Fogarty pitted for not only a driver change with Gurney but an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) change for the No. 99 Corvette.
"We reset the circuit breakers, we tried to do what we could to fix it while we were in the car, but it was to no avail because it was a failed ECU," Fogarty said. "When I came in, the first thing they did was to replace the ECU, and they did it in just two laps."
Gurney rejoined the race two laps down, and with no realistic shot at victory, but turned in nothing short of a winning-performance with the GAINSCO team in the race's remaining two hours. Gurney repeatedly set fastest race laps and managed to make up one of the two lost laps with some