“I love that we're going back with the same team, Jon and Jimmie and Jimmy,” Gurney said. “You know, we've all become really good friends. To attack this race together and really go into it knowing that we've all got each other's backs can be totally open about everything is a great way to go into this race and try to win it.”
Vasser is back for a fifth consecutive season as GAINSCO's main endurance race specialist and the team has never contested a Rolex 24 without the 1996 CART Champ Car World Series champion on the roster.
“I want to thank Bob, Alex and Jon who have the confidence in me to bring me back to the GAINSCO team again,” said Vasser, who scored a 1992 Rolex 24 class win in the GTP Lights division. “It's going to be a year since I've driven, so I'm flattered that that confidence is there with these guys, but you see that type of thinking with Bob's GAINSCO team. You see it with Hendrick Motorsports, you see it with Ganassi and all of the great dynasty style teams. The key ingredient is continuity and chemistry and I am proud to be a part of it.”
GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing will debut its new Chevy engine this weekend after the team won 12 races and two Grand-Am Rolex Series Championships in the final three seasons of a nearly five-year partnership with Pontiac. The 5-litre GM engine now in the #99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance “Red Dragon” Daytona Prototype is similar to the previous Pontiac power plant and also lets GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing continue as one of the few all-American teams in all of motorsports.
“I'm definitely hung up on American things,” said team owner Bob Stallings, who was part of the driver line up in GAINSCO's first Rolex 24 At Daytona race in 2006.
“I like American teammates, American drivers, and American manufacturers. And so having an American made car was a pretty big deal for me, not to mention the fact the GM provides a very reliable and competitive motor.”