Jon Fogarty passed Scott Pruett at the entrance to the Corkscrew with 22 laps remaining and held on to give the #99 GAINSCO Pontiac Riley its second Grand-Am Rolex Series victory of the season in the Verizon Festival of Speed at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Fogarty started and finished the 106-lap race, run under sunny skies and in 91-degree temperatures, while team-mate Alex Gurney drove the middle shift to give the team its tenth Rolex Series victory as it beat the polesitting #01 TELMEX Lexus Riley to the line by 7.228secs. However, while the success may have been the GAINSCO pairing's tenth together, it was the first time that Fogarty had been at the wheel when the flag fell.

"We weren't sure if I had been in the car the required 30 minutes to score points," he explained, "We considered leaving Alex in, but we figured, since it's early in the season, it was important for both of us to score points. Alex definitely took his pride when the team asked him to get out of the car. It wasn't our usual driver change, but we recouped thing and it worked out."

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Polewinner Memo Rojas led the an event-high 44 laps for the #01, with Pruett pacing a further 20 as the champions tried to secure their first victory of the season, but Fogarty made his pass for the lead moments before the fourth and final caution, and then slowly pulled away after the final restart. Fogarty and Gurney are the only drivers with multiple DP victories this season.

"Scott got caught up in traffic in turn six - and your momentum gets killed at that part of the track," the double Atlantic champion revealed, "I had a good run and made it three-wide at that point. I got off into the gravel, but I was able to get back on the tarmac and out-braked him. I really almost didn't make it.

"He left me.... some room, but we got by and I stayed on the track. He left me just enough room down the front straight and knew he got boxed going through turn six. There's not much he could do. I think we had the pace on the #01 guys today, and that bodes well for the future, I think."

"We got caught up behind a GT car and had our momentum broken," Pruett confirmed, "It was good, hard racing. He got his nose in there and I couldn't do anything about it."

The victory allowed Fogarty and Gurney to take the Daytona Prototype points lead as Rolex 24 winners Darren Law and David Donohue could only finish eighth in the Brumos Porsche Riley, and drop eight points behind in the standings.

Behind Pruett, Max Angelelli finished third in the #10 SunTrust Ford Dallara started by Brian Frisselle, and was followed home by his co-driver's brother Burt (# 61 AIM Autosport Ford Riley) as he and team-mate Mark Wilkins claimed their best finish of 2009. Angelelli, however, felt that he could have been looking at possible runner-up honours.

"We had the best car on the track," the Italian claimed, "I set my fastest lap when I overtook [Burt] Frisselle, and it's a shame the #2 car got between me and Pruett on the last lap because I was sure I was going to get around him. That's what took the second-place finish away from us. This was good for the championship, but we need to win. Third is good, second is good, but we definitely need to win. We're strong, we're fast, we're capable and we're definitely going to do it."

Michael Shank Racing took fifth and seventh positions, with Oz Negri and Mark Patterson fifth in the #60 Ford Riley, and Michael Valiante and John Pew seventh in the #6 sister car. Between them, Penske Racing's #12 Porsche Riley, driven by Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard, claimed sixth.

Much of the race was run under the green flag, with two cautions early in the event and a pair during the closing half-hour. The first incident occurred when Rolex 24 winner Justin Marks had a water leak in TRG's #67 Porsche GT3 and spun directly in front of the leaders on lap ten. Marks stopped on course to bring out the caution but the car, co-driven by Andy Lally, was able to continue after losing 30 laps in the pits.

"I saw the car spinning, but I was able to get our car in a direction where I would not hurt anything," said Rojas, who was being pressured by Fogarty and Brian Frisselle at the time.

The second caution waved 30 minutes into the race when Scott Tucker went off and got stuck in a gravel trap. He too was able to continue, with Christophe Bouchut taking over the #55 BMW Riley DP to finish ninth in class, before a long green-flag stretch was ended when Wayne Nonnamaker was stranded in the gravel in the #43 Sahlen's Corvette with less than an hour remaining - erasing a seven-second lead for Pruett. The fourth caution waved with 30 minutes remaining, when Mike Forest lost power in the #13 Beyer Racing Honda Riley and stopped on the track.

The sister Beyer entry, with the Comptech Honda engine making its DP debut, lasted just eight laps before bowing out with an electrical systems problem, while the #76 Krohn Racing Ford Lola which won last time out at New Jersey spun at the Corkscrew with Nic Jonsson driving and subsequently retired with a broken splitter. - its third DNF in four races.

In the GT class, polewinners Nick Ham and Sylvain Tremblay teamed to lead 84 laps and give the #70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 its first victory of the 2009 campaign. Ham started on the pole and led four times for 50 laps, before Tremblay took over and led the final 34 tours after retaking the lead from Paul Edwards.

"Last year, I made a small mistake here and went from first to third," Tremblay reflected, "I wasn't going to make that mistake this time. Our team did a great job preparing the Mazda RX-8, and how can you not capitalise on that. Our car was that good."

Ham, who won his series-leading second pole on Saturday, shared his co-driver sentiments.

"Our car really was that good, it was just a matter of grinding out the laps," he said, "It was my job just to get it to halfway."

Edwards and Kelly Collins led nine laps between them in the #07 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R, and held on to finish second, albeit 8.23secs behind the winners, while Leh Keen and Dirk Werner - winners of the previous round - finished third in the #87 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3.

Fourth went to Ted Ballou and Spencer Pumpelly in TRG's #66 Porsche, followed by Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal in the second SpeedSource Mazda. Pumpelly thus retains the Acxiom GT points lead, one ahead of Keen and Werner.