Gurney Holds Off Pruett in Another Fantastic Finish, Barber Victory Ties Daytona Prototype Standings
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 19, 2009) - Alex Gurney held off Scott Pruett in a 20-minute sprint to win Sunday's Porsche 250 presented by Legacy Credit Union, tying the Daytona Prototype point standings with only four races remaining in the 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season.

In Acxiom GT competition, Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell scored their second victory of the season in the No. 57 BryanMark Financial/Stevenson Automotive Pontiac GXP.R.

Gurney won the team's series-leading third race of the season in the No. 99 GAINSCO Pontiac Riley, started by polesitter Jon Fogarty. Gurney won by .759 seconds over Scott Pruett, who took over from Memo Rojas in the No. 01 TELMEX Lexus Riley. It was the sixth time in eight races the margin of victory was less than one second.

"We didn't want to see that last yellow," Gurney admitted. "We had a great strategy that kept us out front and our car was good enough to win. So it was a great day. Scott drove really clean and it looked like he was a little quicker, so I was really happy about that. I'm really happy for everyone at GAINSCO and that we can fight it out these last four races."

The closing laps encompassed a three-car fight, with Michael Valiante able to pull alongside Pruett several times in the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley started by John Pew. Valiante finished third, 1.261 seconds back.

"We weren't going for the points, we were going for the win," Pruett said, with the TELMEX and GAINSCO teams tied with 231 points apiece. "It was another great race for Grand-Am - it was close and a great race for the fans. The points race is tied up again, and the race is on for the championship."

Buddy Rice and Antonio Garcia finished fourth in the No. 09 AMA Pro Racing Porsche Coyote, with Garcia leading two laps midway through the race. Fifth went to Ricardo Zonta and Nic Jonsson in the No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Riley.

Two of the four leading championship contenders entering the event experienced problems in the opening laps. Penske Racing entered the event fourth, 17 points back, but Romain Dumas went slightly off course moments after the drop of the green flag, which culminated in damage to the front end of the No. 12 Verizon Wireless Porsche Riley. The team lost three laps making repairs, and Dumas and Timo Bernhard went on to finish 15th. They now have 198 points, 33 behind the leaders, while Valiante took over fourth with 215 points.
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