Dallas, TX (August 24, 2015) – GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing will make their long-awaited debut in the Pirelli World Challenge next weekend, August 29th at Sonoma Raceway. A new “Red Dragon” will be born as the team’s Hyundai Genesis Coupe joins the diverse field in the fast-growing and highly competitive GTS category.
The No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance/Bob Stallings Hyundai/Hyundai Genesis Coupe will be the first of its kind racing in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Touring Sport class. The homologation process, led by Team Manager Terry Wilbert and Engineer John Ward was a nine-month endeavor that included a gasoline direct injection engine program. Team owner Bob Stallings commented on the substantial effort, “I’m very proud of Terry and John for what they’ve accomplished in a relatively short amount of time. The homologation process is not an easy one, but I believe we will have a fast and reliable race car. Sonoma will be more of a test than a quest, but we are getting ourselves lined up to be very competitive in 2016.”
American racer Jeff Harrison will be the substitute driver as GAINSCO Auto Insurance driver Jon Fogarty has previous commitments in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Fogarty will return for the final round of the 2015 Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. A resident of Dallas, Texas, Harrison is the “Club Pro Driver” at the Motorsports Ranch just outside of Dallas. This is where Harrison met team owner, Bob Stallings and began his relationship with the Dallas-based team, “I first met Jeff 13 years ago when I began driving, said Bob Stallings. “I have a lot of respect for his ability and I am glad he will be with us as we debut the new Red Dragon. Jeff has been helping with some tuning projects and our testing program, and his feedback has been very good as Terry (Wilbert, Team Manager) and John (Ward, Engineer) develop the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. This is a great opportunity for Jeff and we are excited to have him.”
The son of a seven-time SCCA Champion, Harrison has raced, and won in a variety of classes, including Porsche Super Cup, Grand Am GT, ARCA, Pro Mazda, USF2000 Pro National Series. Earlier in his career, Harrison was invited to drive for the American Team in the Formula Ford Festival and was also a candidate in the inaugural Team Green Academy. “Driving for GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing is a dream come true. As a driver, all I want is a team that has the ability and desire to do whatever it takes to win. Everyone wants to be a winner…until it is time to do what it takes to be a winner. GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing is willing to do whatever it takes to be a winner,” said Jeff Harrison. “This debut will be another important memory of this team’s history and to be a part of it, and to represent GAINSCO Auto Insurance and Bob Stallings Hyundai is very special.”
GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing joined the ranks of professional Sports Car Racing in 2005. Since its inception, the team has earned two championships, 16 victories and 31 pole positions. Their legacy of all-star drivers includes Bob Stallings, two-time Daytona Prototype Champions Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, six-time NASCAR Spring Cup Champion Jimmy Johnson, two-time IndyCar Champion Jimmy Vasser, GT Champion Darren Law, C.A.R.T. Champion Cristiano da Matta and celebrated American drivers Memo Gidley and Rocky Moran Jr. Follow www.gainscoracing.com for news and results.
About GAINSCO Auto Insurance®
The primary sponsor of the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Hyundai Genesis Coupe is GAINSCO Inc., a Dallas, Texas-based auto insurer that distributes policies through a network of thousands of independent agents across nine states. GAINSCO Auto Insurance® uses its motorsports sponsorship and marketing campaign to build brand awareness and advance its distribution strategies. For more information, visit www.GAINSCO.com.
About Bob Stallings® Hyundai, Your Savings Store
Promising an unparalleled customer sales and service experience, Bob Stallings® Hyundai is located just minutes from downtown Dallas and an easy drive from nearly anywhere in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. Bob Stallings® Hyundai will debut an all new state of the art facility in spring 2015, serving the growing needs of current and future Hyundai owners in Dallas. Bob Stallings® Hyundai is a proud sponsor of the No.99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Hyundai Genesis in the Pirelli World Challenge Series, proving the “Genesis Coupe runs circles around the competition.” For more information visit www.mydallashyundai.com
About GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing
GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing has been committed to excellence in road racing since its formation in 2001. The team, lead drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, and the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance® Daytona Prototype won the 2007 and 2009 Championships in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, finishing second in the same championships in 2008, and third in 2010, 2011 and 2013. The No. 99 Hyundai competes in the Pirelli World Challenge Series and is supported by GAINSCO Inc. and Bob Stallings Hyundai. For more information, visit www.GAINSCOracing.com.