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Positive start to testing for GAINSCO.

The GAINSCO Bob Stallings Racing team got their preparations for the 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Series underway with a trouble-free day of running during the 'Roar Before the 24' at Daytona.

Heading into the 24-hour endurance event, which also doubles up as the first round of the 2009 season, former champions Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty ran competitively inside the top ten in each session.

Seventh quickest in P3, it was their tenth best time overall in P2 that proved the quickest lap for them as the pair shook off the cobwebs following a long off-season.

"It was good to be back racing," said Gurney, who did the majority of his driving in the Saturday morning session. "It was a some what in the air kind of off season for a lot of people, so we are really happy to be back here and racing.

“We've got a lot of work to do. A lot of guys are really fast and we are struggling a bit. There is plenty of time left to figure it out, and we always seem to, so on to tomorrow."

Fogarty was also pleased to be back behind the wheel of the Pontiac Riley, but was keen to use this opportunity as a chance to ease himself back into contention and take it easy initially.

"We weren't afforded any testing opportunities since the end of the season," he said. "This is the first time we have been able to test so (Engineer) Kyle Brannan had a bunch of testing items that we worked through pretty much most of the afternoon.

“That, combined with the abbreviated session because of all the black flags, really didn't allow us to actually try to set a fast time. So, we got through a bunch of test items, but it is time to get on with racing."

Jimmy Vasser and Jimmie Johnson will join Gurney and Fogarty for the race, to be held later this month.


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Alex Popow and Sebastien Bourdais, drivers of the #2 Soloson Ford Riley, celebrate after winning the Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
The winning #60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Ford Riley car is brought into victory lane after a gruelling 50th anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona. [Picture Credit: Daytona International Speedway]
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Fogarty/Gurney - GAINSCO Racing [Pic credit: Grand Am]
Max Angelelli and Brian Friselle win at Daytona [Pic credit: Grand Am Media]
Alex Gurney/Jon Fogarty - GAINSCO Bob Stallings Racing Riley-Pontiac   [pic credit: Grand-Am]
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Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas - TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Lexus   [pic credit: Grand-Am]

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