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GAINSCO to the back.

Defending Grand Am Rolex Series champions GAINSCO Racing will start from the back of the field in Virginia after being excluded from qualifying for the latest round of the season.

Jon Fogarty's qualifying lap of 1m 43.556s – which would have put him fourth on the grid - in the #99 GAINSCO race car was disallowed due to an issue with the wing on the car and he will now start Sunday's race at Virginia International Raceway last in the field of 19 Daytona Prototypes.

Ironically, the GAINSCO team will be joined at the back of the pack by the #01 TELMEX/Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley of chief rival and apparent pole winner Memo Rojas, who also had their qualifying time thrown out for the same infraction.

"Grand-Am's decision has implications on two race cars that were capable of winning the pole – and one that apparently did – in addition to factoring heavily into tomorrow's race and the championship," team boss Bob Stallings said. "It is our hope that similar minute rulings are not made later in the season when the championship implications will be even greater. As it is, we will take this penalty and go racing tomorrow, but I look forward to discussing this and other aspects of this decision with Grand-Am in the near future."

The team had earlier paced the morning's opening practice and was second fastest in the final session before qualifying.

"We are good at corner entry and we are good coming down the hill on to the front straightaway" Fogarty said. "It is a cool track, there is a lot of variety of corners, fast and slow, but we have to make it work everywhere if we want to be able to win these things, and that's our goal.

"This is a difficult place to race with GT cars. In these fast corners, they use up a lot of the race track. They have a hard time positioning their cars in these successive corners, so they use up a lot of road. A lot of places where you think you should be able to get by, you can't, because they are at the limit and they are using up the track. It's going to make for an issue in the race, for sure."


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Fogarty/Gurney/Vasser/Johnson - GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Riley-Pontiac   [pic credit: grand-am.com]
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)
The No. 09 Spirit of Daytona Porsche Coyote that will be tested by 2009 Radical European Masters Champion Derek Johnston at Virginia International Raceway
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]
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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