GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, Gurney and Fogarty Win at Barber
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 19, 2009) - GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty took a co-share of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype Championship points lead with a series-leading third 2009 win Sunday in the Porsche 250 presented by Legacy Credit Union at Barber Motorsports Park.



Saturday's pole-winner Fogarty and closing driver Gurney were the top lap leaders of the 2-3/4 hour race and combined to keep the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley up front for 89 of the race's 109 laps. Gurney took over for opening driver Fogarty with about 75 minutes to go and took the lead for the final time with just over an hour remaining. The race was restarted after the day's second of two full-course caution periods 20 minutes from the checkered flag and Gurney withstood heavy pressure from rival Scott Pruett in the No. 01 TELMEX/Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley and a rapidly closing Michael Valiante in the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley to take the win. Gurney crossed the finish line .759 of a second ahead of Pruett and he and Fogarty averaged 90.629 mph for the victory. Valiante finished third.



"This was a textbook weekend," said Gurney, who also co-drove with Fogarty and GAINSCO to victory in the 2007 Porsche 250 at Barber. "Jon had the pole and drove a perfect stint, we had good strategy and good out laps and held on to the lead just enough. The GAINSCO car was fast enough. I was struggling a little bit under braking at the end but we were out front, and that's what counts."



The No. 99 GAINSCO team and Gurney and Fogarty are now tied with Pruett, his teammate Memo Rojas and the No. 01 Ganassi squad with 231 points apiece in both the Grand-Am Rolex Series Team and Driver Championships. The No. 10 SunTrust Ford Dallara of Max Angelelli and Brian Frisselle is third in the championship with 215 points after finishing 14th at Barber.



Fogarty took the lead at the start and accounted for 48 of GAINSCO's laps led as he drove just over the first 90 minutes. He watched the final battle to the finish from the team's pit box.



"These Grand-Am races are always nail biters," said Fogarty, who joins Gurney as the only repeat Daytona Prototype winners at Barber. "The GAINSCO car was really good but the 01 car was right there and I knew from having run a pretty long stint that towards the end it was a real handful. It's just slippery out there and it made for some exciting racing and I am just really happy that the GAINSCO car was up on top of the podium."
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