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GAINSCO makes it in Mexico.

“On the start, Colin and I got away pretty good,” Fogarty reported, “I wasn't able to close the gap to him, so we decided to conserve the fuel a bit. With that, we could give Alex the car with fresher tyres. It was a wild race and I let Alex do all the dirty work. Hopefully, wins will come more frequently from now on.”

Papis had enough in hand over the rest of the field to recover from his indiscretion and bring the #75 car home in second place after he and Braun had combined to lead a race-high 86 laps. Braun led throughout his 56-lap stint before turning the car, and was rewarded with a second consecutive runners-up finish in Mexico City.

“It's great to get another podium here, and the Krohn car was great all day,” Braun said with no hint of disappointment, “I think Max did a wonderful job. Everything was pretty smooth and the team had the car set-up pretty good. I wish we could've won, but that's racing.”

Papis, meanwhile, was a little more repentant, apologising to the team for his off, which came after he had spent 30 laps at the head of the field.

“The Krohn Racing car was hitting the mark every time, so I feel bad for Colin and the team,” he sighed, “The problem we ran into was that we hit traffic at the wrong time. I saw Alex coming and couldn't do anything. When I saw the three-wide in turn eight, I thought it was my opportunity and was able to get by him, but I have to congratulate the entire #99 team for their victory.”

Magnussen and Angelelli put the #10 SunTrust entry onto the podium despite the Dane making contact with the rear of Bill Auberlen's #05 Luggage Express Sigalsport Riley-BMW early in the race. Magnussen had run inside the top five for the first 31 laps before the incident, but was subsequently given a drive-through penalty for what officials determined to be avoidable contact.

“We had a very good start and I was just trying to maintain the pace of the #05 as the leaders were pulling away a little bit,” Magnussen said, “I had an issue coming out of turn four and, unfortunately, made contact with him.”

While the #10 team only lost one position as a result of the penalty, Magnussen lost considerable track position, but turned the car over to Angelelli on lap 48 and the Italian brought it home in third, completing a top-three sweep for Pontiac, despite reliability proving to be a problem.

“It was a difficult race for me without power steering,” Angelelli revealed, “Grand-Am is a very tough series - you have to be flat-out the whole time to keep up with the top guys so, for us, it was a good finish for the championship.”

Last year's race winner, and current points leader, Scott Pruett had to make do with fourth position this time around, but did enough to retain top spot in the Daytona Prototype category, albeit now by just three points over Magnussen and Angelelli.



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Max Angelelli / Jordan Taylor. GRAND-AM Championship Weekend Presented by BMW at Lime Rock Park. 2013 Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series
Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor drive the #10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype 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. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
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