GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, Gurney and Fogarty Carry Rolex Series
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MONTEREY, Calif. (May 12, 2009) - GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty head to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Raceway for this weekend's Verizon Wireless Festival of Speed presented by SPEEDCOM Communications in solid championship contention for the 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16. Round 4 of 2009's 12-race schedule, this weekend's race can be seen live on SPEED at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT) on Sunday, May 17.



GAINSCO, Gurney and Fogarty - the 2007 Grand-Am Rolex Series Champions and 2008 runner-ups - come to a track that the drivers call home and where they have done just about everything but score a victory. This will be GAINSCO's fifth consecutive appearance at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca since the team made its Rolex Series debut here in 2005 and they have never been in a better championship position heading to Monterey. After the year's first three races, the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance team and Gurney and Fogarty are second in the Rolex Series Team and Driver Championship standings behind the leading No. 58 Brumos Porsche Riley of David Donohue and Darren Law. GAINSCO now has 84 points in both championships, just four points behind the Brumos team and drivers.



"Laguna is one of the best tracks on the schedule and the closest thing to a home track for me," said Gurney, who is from Irvine, California. "I've always loved going there and having lots of friends and family in attendance. When you drive into the track over the Turn 6 bridge, there's nothing quite like it. It is such a beautiful race track. It was also where GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing made its debut in Grand-Am as a team and we look back on that as a very special weekend. I think we made a statement immediately with how competitive we were and it's set the tone, in a way, for our future expectations."



GAINSCO has never contested a Rolex Series event without Gurney at the wheel but his teammate for the debut race and the first partial season in 2005 was then-driver/owner Bob Stallings. By the time the 2006 Laguna Seca race came around, Stallings had stepped out of the race car and fully into his team owner role, hiring Fogarty to take his place. The potent new pairing of Gurney and Fogarty had its breakout race in just their second start together at Laguna Seca.



"We nearly won in 2006, finishing second just behind Max Angelelli, and we've always been knocking on the door of a win," Gurney said. "Our entire team has a lot of experience with the track and so we feel we have a good idea of how to set up the car. We want very much to come out of this race with the points lead."
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