Dallas, TX – GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team owner Bob Stallings announced a new platform for the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance “Red Dragon” in the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GT Championship. The 2x Sports Car Champions will join racing icons Porsche Motorsport North America, and compete in a Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“We are happy to have the opportunity to advance our racing program with Porsche for the 2017 PWC season,” said Bob Stallings. “I have known the leadership of Porsche Motorsport for several years, having competed against them in the Rolex Series and more recently at PWC. We have had many discussions over the years about joining forces on the race track, but never could find the right opportunity to complete a relationship. Porsche has been a leader in Motorsports for many years throughout the world racing scene. I have held them in high regard and always thought we might decide to race together eventually, and the opportunity to get it done now was very compelling.”
The world’s largest race car manufacturer, Porsche has a long history of winning. The Porsche 911 GT3 R scored five victories en route to second place in the PWC GT Championship in 2016. “Customer racing is the foundation of Porsche Motorsport,” said Jens Walther, president and CEO of Porsche Motorsport North America. “We are always delighted when an organization as successful as GAINSCO chooses to race with us, and we welcome Bob Stallings and the entire team to the Porsche family.”
Four-time racing Champion Jon Fogarty will return for his ninth year of competition with the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team. Although he holds records in American Sport Car racing for pole positions, 2016 was Fogarty’s first full season of PWC racing, scoring three top-five finishes. Prior to joining Bob Stallings and his GAINSCO team full-time in 2006, Fogarty drove a Porsche 911 for the Flying Lizards: “It’s wonderful to be back with Porsche, where I began my Sports Car career in 2004.” He recalls his first time behind the wheel of a closed cockpit race car, where he competed at Sebring in a Porsche 911 with Flying Lizard Motorsports. “I was immediately impressed with Porsche’s GT racer and went on to compete and finish on the podium several times the following 2005/6 seasons. Porsche and Sports Car racing are nearly one and the same, and Porsche’s global support behind the 911 are great contributors to their decades of success. I am very happy to be back with such a strong organization and look forward to contributing to both GAINSCO and Porsche’s success in the 911 GT3 R.
Led by veteran team manager Terry Wilbert, the GAINSCO team will take residence at the new Porsche Motorsport North America headquarters in Carson, California through the month of December. The team will spend the time learning and preparing their new equipment, while team engineer John Ward familiarizes himself with the new Red Dragon’s aerodynamic and chassis capabilities. The team will complete a “shakedown” with Jon Fogarty at Buttonwillow Raceway north of Los Angeles just before Christmas. A rigorous test program is scheduled through January and February which will prepare the team for their competitive debut at the Pirelli World Challenge season opener, Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (FL), March 10-12, 2017.
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 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/Porsche 911 GT3 R competes in the GT Sprint Championship of Pirelli World Challenge® with American driver Jon Fogarty.
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 911 GT3 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.