Rolex Series win leaders GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing set for Crown Royal 200 at Watkins Glen
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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 4, 2009) - Riding a competitive wave of momentum that has seen the team win a series-leading three races and co-lead the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype championship standings, GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty will be looking for nothing short of another victory Friday in the Crown Royal 200 at The Glen.



The two-hour twilight sprint race on the 2.45-mile Watkins Glen International NASCAR short course is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET this Friday, August 7, and can be seen in same-day coverage on SPEED at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). The Crown Royal 200 and the Montreal 200 two-hour sprint later this month are the shortest races on the schedule and the last of three events this season where the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series shares the card with the NASCAR Sprint Cup or NASCAR Nationwide Series. Both NASCAR series will be in action this weekend while the Montreal event is a Rolex Series and Nationwide Series double bill.



Watkins Glen International, in both the short course and full 3.4-mile configurations, has been a successful track for GAINSCO and its drivers since debuting on the Upstate New York road circuit in 2005. Team owner and then-driver Bob Stallings finished second with Gurney in the 2005 Crown Royal 200 to earn the first podium finish for the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley in just the team's fourth race start. Gurney and Fogarty came back in 2006 to finish second in June's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, which is run on the larger layout, and then GAINSCO swept both Glen races from the pole the following season. The team's most recent podium appearance at The Glen was second place in last year's Crown Royal 200.



"Watkins Glen has historically been great to us and the short course has been particularly good," Gurney said. "We've finished first or second in three of the last four years. Our car has been performing very well lately and we feel confident that we can get the setup just right over the short practice day before the race on Friday."



The Rolex Series championship standings have never been closer heading back to Watkins Glen. GAINSCO, Gurney and Fogarty are tied with archrivals Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and the No. 01 TELMEX/Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley with 216 points in both the Daytona Prototype Driver and Team Championships. Just one point back is the No. 10 SunTrust Ford Dallara and drivers Max Angelelli and Brian Frisselle. With a maximum 35 points available in a Grand-Am Rolex Series race, the 2009 title battle is still wide open as The Glen kicks off a four-race stretch run to the 2009 Rolex Series championships.
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