Looking for Redemption: GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing left Long Beach defeated in 2006. Their race car was destroyed and their driver, local Rocky Moran Jr., suffered a broken leg. Ten years later, it happened again. With just two minutes left in Friday’s practice session, and running third quick at the time, Jon Fogarty clipped the apex at turn 8 and ricocheted hard into the wall approaching the back straight. Fortunately, Fogarty was not injured, but once again, the Red Dragon™ was destroyed at Long Beach, and the team was forced to withdraw from the event. Will this be the year; the Red Dragon finally makes its mark on the streets of Long Beach? We think so.
GAINSCO in Utah: GAINSCO Auto Insurance, the primary sponsor of the No. 99 Porsche 911 GT3 R is expanding its footprint by opening in the Utah market this fall. In light of this expansion and in preparation for the team’s home race just two weeks later in Texas, GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing will compete in the Sprint X event at the Utah Motorsports Campus in August. Fogarty’s co-driver for the Sprint X events at Utah and Texas will be announced soon.
Testing: GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing continues its rigorous 2017 testing program. Last week they continued to develop their new Porsche 911 GT3 R at Sebring International Raceway. After Long Beach, they will test at Sonoma Raceway and Utah Motorsports Campus prior to their next event at Road America.
Thunder Thursday: Fans can meet 4x Champion Jon Fogarty and take a closer look at the Red Dragon this Thursday at Thunder Thursday at the Pike Outlets. Fogarty will be signing autographs and the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance/Porsche 911 GT3 R will be on display for photos from 6:30 to 9pm.
Fogarty’s View on Long Beach: “It’s such an honor to be a part of this event and the atmosphere, and I hope the third time is the charm for us this weekend at Long Beach. We’ve had a tough run there, but we’ve done a lot of extra testing and work in preparation for the race this weekend. We debuted our new Porsche 991 GT3 R at Sebring and learned quite a bit that the weekend. Actually, we learned we have quite a bit more work to do! The track time is so limited during the race weekends, it’s really tough to implement changes during the event. Because of that, we went to Sebring last week and spent a bit more time developing our new car. I am feeling optimistic and excited for the race weekend ahead. We’re ready to shake the Long Beach monkey.”
Bob Stallings on Racing at Long Beach: “The GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Team always looks forward to the Long Beach race. There is a lot of history here, big crowds, terrific competition and a great feeling of satisfaction if you can get to the podium here. Our new race car, the Porsche 911 GT3 R, is a formidable racing machine and although it’s new to our team, it’s a proven winner. Our testing program is getting Jon Fogarty and the rest of the crew up to speed quickly and we are looking for a good result this weekend. Long Beach is a unique experience for racing enthusiasts and we hope to see a lot of fans of the Red Dragon this weekend.”
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About GAINSCO, Inc. GAINSCO, Inc. is a U.S. holding company specializing in automobile insurance, automotive sales and service, auto racing and investments. GAINSCO was established in 1978 as a Texas corporation and is based in Dallas, Texas, with a regional office in Miami, Florida. GAINSCO’s insurance company subsidiary is MGA Insurance Company, Inc.
About GAINSCO Auto Insurance®: As GAINSCO Inc.’s insurance brand, GAINSCO Auto Insurance is the primary sponsor of the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R. GAINSCO distributes policies through a network of thousands of independent agents and digital marketplaces across the southern states. GAINSCO Auto Insurance uses its motorsports sponsorship and marketing campaign to build brand awareness and advance its distribution strategies.
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About GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing™: GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing has been committed to excellence in road racing since its formation in 2001. Since its inception, the team has earned two championships, 16 victories and 31 pole positions. Their legacy of all-star drivers includes Bob Stallings, two-time Daytona Prototype Champions Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson, two-time IndyCar Champion Jimmy Vasser, GT Champion Darren Law, C.A.R.T. Champion Cristiano da Matta and celebrated American drivers Memo Gidley and Rocky Moran Jr. The GAINSCO Auto Insurance/Porsche 911 GT3 R competes in the Pirelli World Challenge Series with American driver Jon Fogarty.