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GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, and drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, came up just short in a competitive bid for victory in the 99th career race for GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing's No. 99 "Red Dagon" Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where the team finished second for the fourth time this season in GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series competition.
GAINSCO, Gurney and Fogarty came into this weekend's Continental Tire Sports Car Festival ready to celebrate the team's 99th start as the two-time defending Laguna Seca race winners. GAINSCO began its GRAND-AM Rolex Series career at the scenic Monterey circuit in 2005 and nearly celebrated the milestone start with its third-consecutive victory at the track on Sunday.
The team's landmark race instead was a lesson in perseverance as GAINSCO and its drivers overcame more than one setback to reach the podium for the second race in a row. A fuel-filler cap stuck open during a pit stop and not long after that the No. 99 GAINSCO/BobStallingsCars.com team was hit with a drive-through penalty after Gurney was forced to drive over a pit-out "verge" line while passing Scott Pruett for position.
"Given our problems today, we are pretty happy with the result," Gurney said. "When I got in the car we had a little problem with the fuel, they said it was spilling out of the car, gushing out of the car I guess, so we had to come back in and reset it and fill it back up a little."
Gurney was just beginning a charge from the back of the field after the fueling mishap when the penalty was assessed for what appeared to be one of the best passes of the race.
"On a restart I was able to start passing guys, and coming on to the front straight I had a really good run on Pruett," Gurney said. "I guess the rule says you can't get over on the white line, but there are two people in that game. If he pushes me over there, I don't really have any place to go. Anyway, we got a drive-through penalty, I had to go to the back again, climbed back from there, the car was amazing, really fast the whole time and hung in there on the tires."
Gurney worked his ways back to second place and focused on ripping off fast race laps as the GAINSCO team decided on a fuel-stretching strategy in an attempt to win the race. As the other leaders ducked into the pits in the