The GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team wrapped a double-header at the historic and picturesque Road America Sunday in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. A record crowd of more than 100,000 fans lined the fences six rows or more deep around the four-mile circuit. Jon Fogarty did his best to give them a show on and off the track. Off the track, he spent time visiting fans around the circuit signing autographs and giving away t-shirts. Thrilled with the surprise visit, fans were anxious to take photos and share their favorite stories about Fogarty and The Red Dragon™. He promised his fans a show and gave them one Sunday in race two when rookie and fellow McLaren driver rookie Austin Cindric hit Fogarty and spun him at Canada Corner early in the race. Fogarty recovered but the Red Dragon was damaged, dragging its diffuser and compromising his pace the rest of the race. Fogarty still charged hard and finished 12th despite the damage. Today’s contact was especially disappointing and perhaps even surprising since Cindric nearly ran Fogarty of the course twice in Saturday’s race one. Cindric was not penalized and unfortunately took it a step further with Sunday’s contact, for which he was issued a penalty. Despite the on-track melee, the Red Dragon was not as fierce as it could have been due to set-up and balance of power issues. The McLaren’s were challenged with the long straightaways on the four-mile track. It was a good weekend for development and the team feels well-prepared for their next stop at Mid-Ohio; shorter road course with few straights and more corners, which better suits the McLaren 650S GT3.
Jon Fogarty on the weekend: “Despite our challenges here, it is always great to come to Road America. The fans this weekend were just unbelievable. I’ve never seen this many people here and I am so glad I got the chance to go out and meet a few of them. I was pretty surprised by Cindric yesterday but today was over the top. It’s disappointing, but you have to move on. Overall we were off pace, but continued to learn a lot about the McLaren 650S GT3 this weekend and it was great to host the Circle of Champions from GAINSCO Auto Insurance®. I’m looking forward to Mid-Ohio, I think we have a lot more potential there for better results.”
Bob Stallings on the weekend: “It’s always great to come to Road America because it is such a great race track. This weekend though was something else. It’s obvious the fans really appreciated the IndyCar/PWC ticket because the attendance was incredible. So many fans stopped by to see the Red Dragon and say hello. That’s a really special part of racing and it was so evident this weekend. We knew coming into the weekend we would not have the pace to keep up with the front runners with the mandates, but we were hoping for a better weekend. We made a lot of changes to the car and we learned a lot, but the biggest problem on track for us today was the #6 car driven by Austin Cindric. He seems to have a habit of running into us. I don’t know if he can’t see the red, maybe he is color blind, but he runs into us a lot and he spun us. None of that really mattered as much as the fact that we were slow. We were probably a second off the pace that we needed to be at. We are frustrated, but our enthusiasm is not diminished, we will figure it out. Not a perfect weekend, but Mid-Ohio is next. I won a world championship there in the Atlantic car and the Red Dragon has a winning history there, so we’ll see what happens.”
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About GAINSCO, Inc.
GAINSCO, Inc. is a U.S. holding company specializing in automobile insurance, automotive sales and service, auto racing and investments. GAINSCO was established in 1978 as a Texas corporation and is based in Dallas, Texas, with a regional office in Miami, Florida. GAINSCO’s insurance company subsidiary is MGA Insurance Company, Inc.
About GAINSCO Auto Insurance®: As GAINSCO Inc.’s insurance brand, GAINSCO Auto Insurance is the primary sponsor of the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing McLaren 650S GT3. GAINSCO distributes policies through a network of thousands of independent agents across the southern states. GAINSCO Auto Insurance uses its motorsports sponsorship and marketing campaign to build brand awareness and advance its distribution strategies.
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About GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing™: GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing has been committed to excellence in road racing since its formation in 2001. 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 Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson, two-time Indy Car 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. The GAINSCO Auto Insurance/McLaren 650S GT3 competes in the Pirelli World Challenge Series with American driver Jon Fogarty.
About McLaren GT: McLaren GT is the GT race car manufacturing arm of McLaren Group established to develop, build and support the GT racing and track derivatives of the 12C sports car, and the 650S GT3. Based in Woking, Surrey at the former home of McLaren Racing, the company is responsible for the design, development and production of the GT3 variants of the 12C and 650S, the 12C GT Can-Am Edition and the 12C GT Sprint.