Defending Grand-Am Rolex Series champions GAINSCO Racing will be looking to secure a first win of the 2008 campaign this weekend as the series heads to Virginia International Raceway for the Bosch Engineering 250.
In Mexico last time out, the team was fastest in most of the practice sessions and Alex Gurney set the fastest race lap, but a team pit-stop miscue while Jon Fogarty was leading a little over one-third of the way into the race essentially ended any chances for a win.
The team still rallied back to finish fourth and left pleased with the speed and performance of the #99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley, a trend that should continue at VIR.
"We are going to be good there," Gurney said. "We have had a good car there and I think we have a good chance of winning. I love this track. Those esses are great. I wish they would put a grandstand there, low and really close, because the cars look so fast there. You are flat out and the car is really moving and it is just sketchy, and the car is also sketchy. It is a fast and fun track."
Despite not yet winning this season, the GAINSCO team's early season start is its best in just three full seasons of Rolex Series competition and Gurney and Fogarty currently lie just 17 points behind current points leaders Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas.
Having finished fifth last year at VIR, the team remains confident of success this time around with Fogarty keen to ensure there is no repeat of the error that saw him endure a moment off track last season.
"I love the track and we have always been quick there," he said. "I screwed up last year and plan on making good on that, and that means a win."