As the 2007 Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series season reaches its midpoint, Alex Gurney, Jon Fogarty and their GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac-powered Riley are revelling in their current impressive form.
However, with seven races down - three of those resulting in victory - and seven to go, the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team knows from hard-won experience that to be victorious in the season-long battle will take much more than the speed they've already shown – it'll take a dose of consistency, some smart strategy and a bit of luck.
With victories at Mexico City, Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio, Gurney and Fogarty remain the only DP drivers this season to capture multiple wins – thanks in large part to a combination of speed, strategy and racecraft that, until this season, seemed to elude the team.
Beginning with Gurney's pole in January's season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, the duo have combined to start on the front row in every race, and they've scored the last three poles in a row.
“Halfway through the season, I think we can be very happy with what we've accomplished so far,” Gurney said. “The highlight for me was definitely the Mexico race. It was an emotional moment for all of us to get our first win and it's one that I will never forget. Seven races in, we've got three wins and we're on a bit of a roll – it's a great reflection on our team and partners.”
“The first half of the year was a bit up and down, but right now we're on the up and we plan to continue on that trajectory,” Fogarty said. “We've got a pretty good handle on the 99 car and we just need to learn from our early mistakes and use those lessons to our advantage in the second half of the season.”