Racetrack: Streets of St. Petersburg, FL
1.8-mile temporary street circuit, features 14 turns
GT Races: Round 1: Saturday, 3/11 at 9:35 am ET, Race 2: Sunday, 3/12 at 3:15pm ET
TV: CBS SPORTS on Saturday, March 18th at 2pm ET
Live streaming of the race is available on www.motortrendondemand.com
A New Red Dragon™: GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing will make their competitive debut with the No. 99 Porsche 911 GT3 R this weekend. The team announced their switch from the McLaren 650S GT3 in November and has since completed more than 1500 miles testing the new Red Dragon.
Consistency is Key: GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing returns for their second season of GT competition in the Pirelli World Challenge. While the Porsche is new, key members of the team remain the same, bringing sustained consistency and championship experience to their quest for the championship. Team Manager Terry Wilbert returns for his 11th season, Engineer John Ward returns for his fifth season, Mechanics Russ Marr and Martin Fox are back for their second season and transport driver Reggie Murphy returns for his second season. Data Engineer Justin Jang and Mechanic James Nash joined late in the 2016 season and return for their first full season with GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing in 2017.
GAINSCO Full Throttle: St. Pete provides Fogarty another opportunity to introduce GAINSCO employees and agents to the new Red Dragon and the GT category of Pirelli World Challenge. The Sunbelt states are very important for the auto insurance leader, and they have a second office in Florida, with 140 employees. Independent agents competed in sales contests throughout the winter to win this trip and Bob Stallings Racing is pleased to welcome 50 winning agents this weekend for an insider’s racing experience.
Fogarty on St. Pete: “I’m really excited to get the season started. We think we had a productive pre-season series of tests, so we feel comfortable despite the car being new to the team. The Porsche 911 GT3 R feels familiar to me, not only as a car, but as a racecar in general. It suits my driving style and I am excited to race a Porsche again. We chose to test at Sebring a few weeks back because it gives a good comparison to a street circuit like St. Pete. We learned a lot there, but it is always a little nerve-wracking to start the season with back to back street circuits. They can be tough on equipment, but that is what the schedule provides, so qualifying up-front will be very important. It always is in World Challenge racing, but it’s tough to pass at St. Pete so qualifying up-front and staying away from the trouble will be our focus. Florida is a very important market for my sponsor GAINSCO Auto Insurance®, and the track, the location and the weather make a great environment for racing and a nice place to win a trip to. We’ll have 50 winners this weekend with GAINSCO, and I’m hoping to make their trip extra exciting…I am hoping to be the 51st!”
Bob Stallings, Team Owner, Bob Stallings Racing: “Our team has worked hard this winter and we are very excited to get back to racing at PWC. The Porsche Red Dragon has been pretty well sorted and I have a good feeling about our prospects this coming weekend.”
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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 Porsche 911GT3 R. 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.
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 debuted a new state of the art facility in spring 2015, serving the growing needs of current and future Hyundai owners in Dallas.
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, seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie 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. The GAINSCO Auto Insurance/Porsche 911 GT3 R competes in the Pirelli World Challenge Series with American driver Jon Fogarty.