GAINSCO’s Fogarty captures Pole in Miami

Pole winning Gainsco car

GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and Jon Fogarty captured the pole position Friday for Saturday’s Grand Prix of Miami in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Chevrolet Riley with a qualifying lap time of 1:13.655 (112.416 mph), Fogarty’s record-extending 17th career pole and his second with GAINSCO in the last three years at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Fogarty will lead the field to the green flag for tomorrow’s 2:45-minute timed sprint race that can be seen live on SPEED, Saturday, March 5, at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT.

“We were really close last year, and we have been capable of turning quick times here, but I am encouraged by some of the longer runs we did in the previous practice session," Fogarty said. “We were able to maintain a pretty good pace on old tires. We want to put the whole package together and I think we are coming close this weekend. We are in a good position tomorrow, starting up front, and we didn’t put too may laps on our qualifying tires."

Fogarty moved to the top of the speed charts with a lap of 1:13.665 on his second flying lap in the 15-minute qualifying session before locking down the pole with his overall quickest time one lap later. Fogarty and GAINSCO were also on the pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2009. The pole was the first for GAINSCO and Fogarty since last August in Montreal and boosted to 17 Fogarty’s record as the all-time GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype pole winner.

“If I can extend my lead in anything, I want to extend it," Fogarty said. “Whether that’s on the race track or for a pole position record, I like that aspect of it."

The GAINSCO No. 99 “Red Dragon" has now captured 22 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series career poles since Alex Gurney captured the team’s first in 2005 at Barber Motorsports Park. Gurney, the team’s closer who rarely qualifies, has still managed to earn five pole positions with GAINSCO in his Daytona Prototype career.

“A great run by Jon, really consistent over his laps, and it looks like we improved the car a little bit," said Gurney, who will drive the final stint in tomorrow’s race. “We are excited and I think we are going to have a hell of a fight at the end of the race with everybody. We’re in a place that we haven’t been, maybe ever, setup wise, but we have been trying hard to get it right at Homestead, and it looks like today we got it right."

As usual, the 2.3-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway road course will be typically tough on tires in tomorrow’s race. GAINSCO and its competition will be firmly focused on tire wear, especially in the mid-day Miami heat.

“It’s going to be brutal, actually, and within 10 laps you are going to be really, really be struggling on the tires," Gurney said. “It is going to be fun to watch."

GAINSCO finished third in last year’s Grand Prix of Miami, the team’s best career result at Homestead-Miami Speedway. A similar strong finish in tomorrow’s race would make up for a disappointing 12th place finish in January’s season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.

“We are just going to try and have a clean race, clean pit stops, and get a good finish here," Fogarty said.

Saturday’s Grand Prix of Miami can be seen live on SPEED tomorrow, Saturday, March 5, at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT.


Pos No. Class Pic Drivers Team/Car Time Speed
1 99 DP 1 Fogarty/Gurney GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing/Chevrolet Riley 1:13.655 112.415
2 01 DP 2 Pruett/Rojas Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates/BMW Riley 1:13.838 112.137
3 90 DP 3 Edwards/Garcia Spirit of Daytona Racing/Chevrolet Coyote 1:13.888 112.061
4 10 DP 4 Angelelli/Taylor SunTrust Racing/Chevrolet Dallara 1:14.060 111.801
5 77 DP 5 Frisselle/Richard Doran Racing/Ford Dallara 1:14.170 111.635
6 5 DP 6 Donohue/Law Action Express Racing/Porsche Riley 1:14.374 111.329
7 61 DP 7 Frisselle/Wilkins AIM Autosport/BMW Riley 1:14.535 111.088
8 23 DP 8 Blundell/Valiante United Autosports with Michael Shank Racing/Ford Riley 1:15.117 110.228
9 60 DP 9 Negri/Pew Michael Shank Racing/Ford Riley 1:15.921 109.060
10 9 DP 10 Barbosa/Borcheller/France Action Express Racing/Porsche Riley 1:15.963 109.000
11 3 DP 11 Gilbert/Lewis SCDE/Chevrolet Riley 1:16.855 107.735
12 2 DP 12 Popow/Potoliccio Starworks Motorsport/Ford Riley 1:17.436 106.927
13 8 DP 13 Dalziel/Forest Starworks Motorsport/Ford Riley 1:18.578 105.373
14 57 GT 1 Liddell/Magnussen Stevenson Motorsports/Camaro GT.R 1:19.772 103.795
15 31 GT 2 Curran/Said Marsh Racing/Corvette 1:20.301 103.112
16 41 GT 3 Cameron/Gue Dempsey Racing/Mazda RX-8 1:20.553 102.789
17 42 GT 4 Gidley/Nonnamaker Team Sahlen/Mazda RX-8 1:20.631 102.690
18 70 GT 5 Bomarito/Tremblay SpeedSource/Mazda RX-8 1:20.832 102.434
19 94 GT 6 Auberlen/Dalla Lana Turner Motorsport/BMW M3 1:21.162 102.018
20 44 GT 7 Potter/Stanton Magnus Racing/Porsche GT3 1:21.274 101.877
21 88 GT 8 Lester/Taylor Autohaus Motorsports/Camaro GT.R 1:21.436 101.674
22 07 GT 9 Gavin/Schaldach Banner Racing/Camaro GT.R 1:21.470 101.632
23 69 GT 10 Assentato/Segal SpeedSource/Mazda RX-8 1:21.612 101.455
24 40 GT 11 Dempsey/Foster Dempsey Racing/Mazda RX-8 1:21.660 101.396
25 59 GT 12 Davis/Keen Brumos Racing/Porsche GT3 1:22.310 100.595
26 30 GT 13 Heylen/Smith Racers Edge Motorsports/Mazda RX-8 1:22.848 99.942
27 43 GT 14 Nonnamaker/Nonnamaker/Nonnamaker Team Sahlen/Mazda RX-8 1:23.389 99.293
28 63 GT 15 Grupp/Trinkler Team Spencer Motorsports/Mazda RX-8 1:23.776 98.834
29 11 GT 16 James/Nastasi TPN Racing/Blackforest/Ford Mustang 1:23.788 98.820
30 49 GT 17 Nonnamaker/Nonnamaker/Sahlen Team Sahlen/Mazda RX-8 1:23.915 98.671
31 72 GT 18 Grant/Grant/Grant Grant Racing/901 Shop/Porsche GT3 1:24.887 97.541
32 67 GT 19 Bertheau/Pumpelly TRG/Porsche GT3 1:25.303 97.065

* – Withdrew

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