race's final 45 minutes for their last stops, Gurney kept the No. 99 on track and the pedal down. He moved into the lead with 25 minutes to go and built as much as an 18-second cushion on the field before darting into the pits for a final splash of fuel just minutes from the finish.
Despite Gurney's quick pace, slower GT traffic kept him from building enough of a margin over the field to make the splash-and-go strategy a winning one. Antonio Garcia slipped by for the lead and eventual victory in the No. 90 Corvette Daytona Prototype but Gurney did get out ahead of Ryan Dalziel's No. 8 Ford Riley to secure runner-up honors. Gurney crossed the finish line 3.878 seconds behind the No. 90 and was at the wheel for all 13 of the laps that the No. 99 "Red Dragon" led in the race.
"I wasn't quite sure what we were going to do with the strategy at the end," Gurney said. "We were looking for a yellow, it didn't happen, but even with that we thought we could get out in front of the 90 on that last stop, but I caught the GT field and had four pretty slow laps in a row and that did it. A win wasn't meant to be but a good result nonetheless for everyone at GAINSCO."
Fogarty started the No. 99 from the outside pole position where he joined the pole-winning No. 90 and its starting driver Richard Westbrook on the front row.
"The car ran strong in the race," Fogarty said. "I was a little concerned after qualifying that we weren't going to have the pace for the 90 car but we put our thinking hats on and made some changes and I was pretty pleasantly surprised once the race started. We had a very fast race car today. We had some things that set us back in the race, and to be able to battle back and finish second was an accomplishment. We are pleased with that but at the same time we felt like today was an opportunity to win, and to do that on GAINSCO's 99th running would have been an awesome thing, but it was still a good day."
GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team owner Bob Stallings came into this weekend's milestone race thinking he would only be satisfied with a victory.
"When I came to this race I thought the only acceptable outcome would be a win," Stallings said. "Given all of the circumstances that happened today, the fun and the disappointments, I am very happy with a second place. We