GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty finish fifth at The Glen in No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette
GAINSCO "Red Dragon" team overcomes third penalty in the last two races for fourth top-five result of the season
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 11, 2012) - GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, and drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, shook off a penalty in the first half of the race to rally for a fifth-place finish in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette Daytona Prototype in the second half of Saturday's Continental Tire 200 presented by Dunn Tire at Watkins Glen International.
Starting eighth after a disappointing run in Friday qualifying, opening driver Fogarty quickly moved into the top five in the two-hour timed-sprint race's opening minutes. Great pit work by the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing crew moved Fogarty to third a quarter of the way into the race but it soon became apparent that the Corvette contingent was just a tick off the pace on The Glen's fast 2.45-mile NASCAR short course layout.
"This is the sort of circuit that doesn't necessarily suit the Corvettes," Fogarty said. "We lacked a little bit in overall pace, and that's to be expected the way the rules are, we do have advantages in other places so I am not going to whine and cry like a lot of other people do. That is just the way it goes. We will go to tracks where we have the upper hand, and sometimes we will go to tracks where we don't. This just happened to be one of the ones where we don't. We had great pace relative to the other Corvettes, and we were the second highest finishing Corvette, and we did a lot better than we qualified."
GAINSCO's main setback came with a surprising avoidable-contact penalty Fogarty was assessed near the end of the race's opening hour. The No. 99 GAINSCO "Red Dragon" was held in the pits for 10 seconds after nose-to-tail contact with another Daytona Prototype competitor. Both cars continued without missing a beat after the minor incident and the No. 99 didn't improve its track position.
"I thought we stayed out of trouble," Fogarty said. "We ran a clean race, we didn't negatively impact anybody else's race, but we still ended up somehow receiving a penalty and I am pretty baffled as to why that it is.