With just three races remaining and now nine points off the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car lead, GAINSCO duo Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney can not think any place better to make their charge for the title than at Watkins Glen.
The second time the championship has visited the legendary venue, GAINSCO were victorious at the first time of asking and although it will be a shorter configuration and the race will be reduced from six to two-hours, the drivers are confident of a strong run.
Indeed, five wins have come Fogarty and Gurney's way this season and although they remain third in the standings, just nine points separate them from leaders Chip Ganassi, while there is a seven point difference between them and second place SunTrust too.
“With just three races left, the championship is in our sights and Watkins Glen is the perfect place for our next race,” Gurney said. “The GAINSCO team has always been very strong here, so we feel very comfortable with this race. Jon doesn't seem to qualify anywhere but on pole, so I think we can expect to be very competitive again. It's a very exciting time for this team right now – everybody is very focused on winning this championship.”
Although the GAINSCO Pontiac Riley has won the most races this season, a couple of disappointing results has prevented them from taking their place at the top of the standings instead of the more consistent Chip Ganassi car of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas. Nonetheless, Fogarty believes GAINSCO are the form team now.
“I feel very good about our position, and I'm really excited to go back at it at The Glen this weekend – it's a great track and with our victory here earlier this year, our confidence is high,” Fogarty added. “It's a short race on the short course with no GT cars, so it will be all about pace this weekend. We can't hold anything back if we want to win this championship, and this is a great venue to let it all hang out.”