Defending Rolex Series champions GAINSCO Racing has used the opening day of Grand-Am testing at Homestead-Miami to roll out the car it could run as a second entry later in the season.
Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney took to the track in an ex-George Robinson race car that was last driven in the 2007 Rolex 24 at Daytona, with GAINSCO now set to use the car for testing and possibly as a second entry later in the year.
“I was going nuts having not been in the car since the Rolex 24, but I think my wife might have been going more nuts,” Fogarty said. “So, needless to say, this test is very welcome. In between, I try to find things to do that can at least come close to the experience of driving a Daytona Prototype, but generally they are pretty dangerous and don't quite match up. The skiing has been good in the Northwest and I even thought about getting into some alpine races! Anyhow, we were looking forward to getting back at it.”
Homestead-Miami hasn't been the luckiest track for the GAINSCO team in two previous starts. Gurney and Fogarty co-drove to an eleveth-place finish last year after starting second and in 2006 Gurney co-drove with Jimmy Vasser to a sixth-place showing after starting ninth.
“Homestead has always been a bit of a challenge for the GAINSCO team and we need to come up with a package that we can race,” Fogarty continued. “We have had relatively little time on the new Pirelli tire compared to our competition, and going to another circuit will certainly give us some more data points to work from. So, we have a lot on our plate: to gather more tire data, figure out Homestead, try out the new bodywork and get back into a groove from a driving standpoint, and on and on.
“I am excited to get focused with Alex on making this Pontiac Riley as smoking fast as it was last year. So there you have it, I am ready to go.”