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Solid start for GAINSCO at Barber.

GAINCSO duo Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty are chasing more grip following first practice for the latest round of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, even if the duo still emerged third quickest at Barber Motorsports Park.

Although the Pontiac Riley was well on the pace, half a second nonetheless separated them from the leading No.75 car of Colin Braun, a gap both Gurney and Fogarty are eager to break down as the weekend progresses.

“The GAINSCO team had a good first day, and we got through a lot of changes,” Gurney said. “The 75 car looks like the clear leader right now, so we have some homework to do. Luckily, it's a long weekend and there's plenty of time to get the car sorted.

“We've got to work on balance – if there's a little problem in every corner, it'll all add up. Both Jon and I were fighting understeer quite a bit, so we'll go to work on that and I think we'll be right there come Sunday.”

Nonetheless, the car got through the day without any major problems and save for trying to catch up with their leading rivals, it was a test they could otherwise be satisfied with.

“The car's not right where we want I,” Fogarty admitted. “There's quite a gap to the 75, but I think we're capable of closing that. Luckily, there was nothing that made us scratch our heads – we know what we need to do to get the speed, but it's the path we take to get there that's the question.

“This one time we're fortunate to have some extra time in the weekend, so we'll use it to our advantage. The weather is taking its toll too – the heat is brutal in the car right now.”


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Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor drive the #10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the third race of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor drive the #10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype (left) to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the third race of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Alex Gurney and Jo Fogarty, drivers of the #99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP (right) finish in second place. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
John Edwards and Robin Liddell, drivers of the # 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R., race to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the Grand Touring (GT) class of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
John Edwards and Matt Bell, drivers of the # 9 Camaro GS.R, race to second place Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
Fogarty/Gurney - GAINSCO Racing [Pic credit: Grand Am]
Alex Gurney/Jon Fogarty - GAINSCO Bob Stallings Racing Riley-Pontiac   [pic credit: Grand-Am]
The GAINSCO Racing entry at Daytona [Pic credit: Brian Cleary]
The GAINSCO entry at night at Daytona [Pic credit: Grand Am]
The #99 GAINSCO Racing entry [Pic credit: grand am]
#99 GAINSCO Pontiac Riley - Fogarty/Gurney/Johnson/Vasser [Pic credit: Grand Am]
#99 GAINSCO Pontiac Riley - Fogarty/Gurney/Johnson/Vasser [Pic credit: Grand Am]
#99 GAINSCO Pontiac Riley - Fogarty/Gurney/Johnson/Vasser [Pic credit: Grand Am]
Fogarty/Gurney/Vasser/Johnson - GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Riley-Pontiac   [pic credit: grand-am.com]
Fogarty/Gurney/Vasser/Johnson - GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Riley-Pontiac   [pic credit: grand-am.com]
Fogarty/Gurney/Vasser/Johnson - GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Riley-Pontiac   [pic credit: grand-am.com]
Gurney/Fogarty/Vasser/Johnson - GAINSCO Bob Stallings Racing Riley-Pontiac   [pic credit: Grand-Am media]
Alex Gurney - GAINSCO Bob Stallings Racing   [pic credit: grand-am.com]
Alex Gurney/Jon Fogarty/Jimmy Vasser/Jimmie Johnson - GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Riley-Pontiac   [pic credit: Grand-Am]

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