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GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, and drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, turned Friday's record-extending fourth pole position at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve into the their first victory in the Montreal 200 on Saturday for the team's second win of the 2011 season in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Chevrolet Riley and their 15th career triumph in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype division.
GAINSCO's drivers led a race-high 45 of the timed two-hour sprint's 73 laps, and took a lead they would hold until the checkered flag after the No. 99's first of two pit stops just before the 45-minute mark. Gurney took over for starting driver Fogarty and the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing crew executed a perfect pit stop that got the GAINSCO "Red Dragon" back on track in front of the field.
"A great day for our entire GAINSCO team," said Gurney, who also won with GAINSCO and Fogarty at Laguna Seca in July. "We have been trying really hard to win here for the last five years, we led a lot and had really good cars, and had been kind of disappointed that we never finished the deal. I didn't have too many incidents, had good runs through traffic in general, and it was just a great day. We knew after Watkins Glen that we wanted to win these last two races and we're stoked we pulled it off here."
GAINSCO's victory came one week after Fogarty was uninjured in an early contact incident in last Saturday night's Canadian Tire 200 at The Glen. The GAINSCO crew had the No. 99 "Red Dragon" repaired and ready by the following evening and the car was perfect from the moment it rolled off the trailer at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Gurney topped Thursday's opening practice while Fogarty won his fourth pole at Montreal in five attempts on Friday, preventing Ricky Taylor and SunTrust from matching his 2007 in-season record of seven consecutive poles.
"A lot was made of the pole, but ultimately today was our goal, for the victory," Fogarty said. "Ricky got by me at the race start, I gave him room, didn't fight too, too hard, we had contact, but it was all fair play. He just had a great start but I was comfortable to run behind him and just kind of conserve. The crew did a great job giving me a fast car, giving Alex a fast car, and putting the car back together after the last race."