in Montreal 200|0
MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (August 18, 2012) - GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, and drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, gambled with tire strategy but came up short of a repeat victory Saturday in the Montreal 200 where the team finished second in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette Daytona Prototype in the two-hour sprint race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
The defending Montreal 200 winners, GAINSCO led the opening race laps after Fogarty won a record fourth-pole in Friday qualifying but later lost a few spots and some valuable track position after the race's first pair of pit stops. Gurney took over for Fogarty during the second visit to the pits and then had to drive the No. 99 GAINSCO "Red Dragon" to the finish on old Continental Tires when the team opted not to change rubber in the third and final stop.
"It was a very tough race for sure, we had to keep a strong pace the whole time, and it was just a shame we got a little bit behind on one of our first stops," Gurney said. "I had a problem when I got in the car, I lost maybe a second or two, it was a good stop by the crew, but from that point we knew we were going to be in trouble. We were kind of stuck there in fifth place for a long time and when it came time to do the next stop to go to the end, the guys decided the only way we were going to make up positions was to stay on the same tires. I didn't necessarily like it but it was the right strategy decision and it worked out OK."
Gurney drove the GAINSCO/BobStallingsCars.com No. 99 across the finish line behind the race winning No. 01 TELMEX/Chip Ganassi Racing BMW Riley of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas. David Donohue was just behind Gurney at the finish in third in the No. 5 Action Express Corvette Daytona Prototype he co-drove with Canadian driver Paul Tracy.
"I just tried to manage the tires the rest of the way in," Gurney said. "It was really tough, especially the last 10 laps, David was catching me real fast and I was hoping the laps would tick off faster because he was all over me. Even on the last lap coming out of the hairpin I was just wheel spinning all of the way out. He had a pretty good run and we had an eventful last chicane, had a little contact, but was lucky to come out in second place. Going into the race, we figured we could win it if we stayed up front