GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing's Gurney, Fogarty Set For 40th Race Together At VIR
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DANVILLE, Va. (April 22, 2009) - GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing's Champion drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty will look to celebrate their 40th race as teammates with a victory in Saturday's Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway (Live on SPEED at 2:30 p.m. ET), the same track where the potent duo debuted as co-drivers three years ago. A victory in the 2-3/4-hour timed race would also be the first for the drivers and the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley crew at VIR, where the team will make its fifth overall career start on the scenic Virginia road course.



GAINSCO debuted in Grand-Am Rolex Series competition in 2005 but immediately moved up to the ranks of championship contenders when Fogarty first stepped in to co-drive with Gurney at the VIR 400 in April 2006. Prior to that, Gurney was primarily paired with team owner and then-co-driver Bob Stallings in what was the original driver partnership for the bright red No. 99 GAINSCO machine. It was Stallings himself, however, who decided to relinquish his seat in early 2006 and replace himself with a driver comparable in talent to Gurney.



"I knew if we were going to reach the GAINSCO team's full championship potential I had to step out of the car," said Stallings, who now fills a key strategic role behind the pit wall with the GAINSCO crew on race weekends. "I knew if we found another driver as fast and talented as Alex we could win the championship and our great crew and drivers did just that a year later."



GAINSCO's Californian driving duo - Gurney lives in Irvine and Fogarty is a native of Palo Alto - has become one of the most successful pairings in the 10-year history of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16. Gurney and Fogarty finished second in just their second race together at Laguna Seca in 2006 and then went on to dominate the Rolex Series in 2007. With seven wins, 10 poles and numerous qualifying and race lap records, GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing's 2007 Driver and Team Championship season remains the most successful year of competition on record in Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype competition. Gurney, Fogarty and GAINSCO backed it up with a runner-up showing last season and have a firm eye on recapturing the top titles in 2009. The quest begins in earnest this weekend where a first VIR victory would get GAINSCO's championship bid off to a promising start after a solid seventh-place finish in January's season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
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