GAINSCO got their weekend off to an ideal start as they prepare for the latest round of the Grand Am Rolex Series at Montreal after Jon Fogarty produced the fastest time in practice around the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit.

Securing a lap some two tenths quicker than Bill Auberlen in second place, Fogarty has given Alex Gurney an ideal proving ground from which to battle for pole position come qualification.

Indeed, Gurney was pleased with the effort made by his team-mate in the Pontiac-Riley, but pointed out that it will become more of a lottery if the forecasted rain makes its presence felt.

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"It was a good first day for the GAINSCO team - we got through a few setup things and the track kept getting better all day, so again the No. 99 was there at the end. We're pretty happy with the car, but the weather is a big question mark - everyone will be going in blind if the rain comes down.

"The 99 seems like it's hooked up relative to everyone else, so we should be good. With the GT traffic in this race, it's a lot different than the DP-only events we ran. It was very difficult to get a clear lap in practice, and getting around the GTs will be a big challenge in the race. It's probably good that we got some of that today, because now we know some of the good spots to pass, and where you'll be held up."