GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, Gurney and Fogarty finish fourth in Crown Royal 200 at The Glen
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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 7, 2009) - A caution-filled Crown Royal 200 Friday night at Watkins Glen International saw GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty work through some complex pit strategies and heavy traffic to take a hard-earned fourth-place finish. It was the fourth straight top-five finish and fifth in the last six races for the GAINSCO team which remains in the thick of the 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype Team and Driver Championship standings.

Starting from the pole after setting a new track record Thursday in qualifying, Fogarty led the race's opening five laps but soon fell victim to the heavy traffic that plagued GAINSCO the entire race. The Rolex Series GT class rejoined the faster Daytona Prototypes in the Crown Royal 200 for the first time in two years and quickly became a factor in the race. GAINSCO and several other top teams also tried some tricky pit strategies and the No. 99 alone made three stops within the race's first 50 minutes.

"There was a lot going on," Fogarty said. "Nobody really had a strategy that necessarily was the right one. It was complicated for such a short race and it was a pretty crazy race, really. The GT traffic was also the really difficult thing for me."

No. 01 TELMEX/Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley driver Memo Rojas slipped by Fogarty in traffic to take the race lead on Lap 6 and that team ultimately finished two spots ahead of GAINSCO in second place. The No. 01, Rojas and his teammate Scott Pruett now have a four point lead in the Rolex Series standings over GAINSCO, Gurney and Fogarty, 248 - 244.

"We had several issues today," Gurney said. "The strategy got a little bit messed up because there were so many yellows in the beginning and we ended up having to go on the same strategy as the Ganassi team even though we had made another pit stop. So we came out behind them and lost any advantage that we would have had. When it went green again it seemed like the car was pretty good and I had a little something for the front guys, but as the race wore on, the car got more difficult. We were lacking in straight line speed also, so that made it kind of tough, in addition to just really getting no breaks in traffic - some really bad breaks in traffic pretty consistently. Tough day, but it could have been worse points wise. I am glad we survived it."
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