Daytona 24 Hours Review: GAINSCO
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Major Setbacks Don't Stop GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing From Scoring A Hard-Earned Seventh-Place Rolex 24 Finish
Team Recovers from Major Repairs in Race's First Half to Earn Solid Championship Points
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 25, 2009)  GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing recovered from two major repair jobs before the Rolex 24 At Daytona even reached its midway mark and spent the final 12 hours clawing back into the top 10 before taking the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley across the finish line in seventh place Sunday in the 47th annual running of America's premier endurance race.

The GAINSCO team swapped out gearbox internals in a quick 10-minute pit stop in hour four and then endured a major change of the entire rear-end componentry in under 30 minutes just before the race's halfway mark early Sunday morning. The setbacks put the No. 99 GAINSCO team out of realistic contention for a victory, as much as 24 laps down from the leaders at one point and well out of the Top 20, but the 2007 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Champions never gave up.

"I am really proud of everybody," said GAINSCO's starting driver Alex Gurney. "Everyone hung in there. Considering all of the problems we had I think it was a really good finish, points wise. It wasn't anywhere near as bad as we thought it was going to be, so overall I think it was a pretty good day."

In the end, GAINSCO finished 21 laps behind record-setting winners Brumos Racing and drivers David Donohue, Darren Law, Buddy Rice and Antonio Garcia in the No. 58 Porsche Riley. The GAINSCO No. 99 completed 714 laps and scored is second-straight Top-10 finish in the Rolex 24 after finishing second last year. The most recent results are GAINSCO's best Rolex 24 showings in four attempts.

"We just don't give up," said Gurney's fulltime teammate Jon Fogarty, who drove the final stint of the race. "That's the wonderful thing about this team. There is just not a negative thread running anywhere. We have these issues and we just put it back together and we go back out. At the same time, you don't only go back out, you go back out to race, because you never know when a lap here or a lap there is going to pay off. Six hours later, somebody else might have a problem, and you might be a lap ahead of them because you went for it. That was our plan, we did everything we could to advance, and I think seventh is a pretty good result for having so many issues."
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