Winning Pair Hopes to Snare Another Grand-Am Championship
GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing drivers Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney can win their second Grand-Am Championship Saturday at Homestead-Miami
Gurney and Fogarty finished sixth at Homestead-Miami Speedway last year, and 11th in 2007 – when they went on to win the Daytona Prototype title. Gurney also finished sixth in 2006, co-driving with IndyCar Series team owner Jimmy Vasser. A fourth-place finish Saturday during the Grand Prix of Miami will eliminate Max Angelelli and Brian Frisselle, drivers of the Florida-based No. 10 SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara.
Defending Daytona Prototype champions Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas stand third in the standings, 10 points back. A sixth-place finish by the GAINSCO duo will eliminate the drivers of the No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley.
“It looks like we don’t need to dominate at Homestead, fortunately,” Gurney said. “We can finish fourth regardless of what the other guys do so that is a really nice position to be in. We are not going to let up or anything, but we are going to have that in our mind for sure.”
Fogarty and Gurney won the most recent Rolex Series race, when they held off their two rivals for the championship at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, leading 43 of the 56 laps. It marked only the second time all season that a team won from the pole – a feat recorded by Fogarty at Barber Motorsports Park in July. Fogarty is the leading pole winner in series history with 13, and is riding a streak of four consecutive poles after leading qualifying for five of the last six races.
“The fact that you don’t always see pole winners converting into victories is a testament to how competitive the series is,” Fogarty said. “There’s just a ton of good drivers and obviously having two drivers in each car mixes things up a bunch. We just had a great weekend at Miller and getting the pole was indicative of our pace and that is always, for the second driver, gives you a little bit of confidence boost in knowing the car is good. A pole definitely puts you into a better mind set at the beginning of a race, and we capitalized on it.”
Gurney and Fogarty lead the series with four victories this season, with the SunTrust, TELMEX and Krohn Racing teams having two each. Gurney and Fogarty are also the most successful driving combination in Daytona Prototype history, sharing 12 victories.
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