Austin, Texas – The Red Dragon earned their first podium finish of the 2017 season today in the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX race at COTA. Jon Fogarty started eighth and escaped an early race incident involving Alvaro Parente and Patrick Long. He picked up a position in the incident. Several laps of yellow followed. When the green flag fell again, Fogarty was sixth position. Shortly after, the pit window opened for the mandatory driver change and the GAINSCO crew chose to keep Fogarty on track the first few minutes of the window, hoping for a clear lap to set a fast time for a solid starting position tomorrow. He entered the pits in the third position, when Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler took over the driving duties. Wolf entered the race in the sixth position and clicked off quick times lap after lap. Within his first 10 minutes, he had raced to the fourth position. The hunt began for third position. Jordan Taylor was in the Cadillac ahead…hungry for a podium finish, Wolf’s pursuit was relentless. Lap after lap he reeled in Taylor, tight on his bumper, he was going for the pass and the yellow flag fell for a car stalled on the front straight. With just one lap to go, the green flag flew, Wolf attacked and picked off Taylor for the third position. He didn’t stop there, he quickly chased down the team Cadillac car with Ricky Taylor behind the wheel. There wasn’t enough time to make the pass, and Wolf took the checkered flag in third, earning the team’s third podium finish at their home track, the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Jon Fogarty: “Good result today, it was definitely an improvement and what we needed. We’ve been working hard, the car was quite quick, especially on the re-starts and we fortunately we had a few of those. Over the long run, it was a little bit of a handful. Wolf did an awesome job, getting us in front of the McLaren and the Cadillac and on to the podium. I am super happy for GAINSCO Auto Insurance. We had agents and employees that were going to be here today, who couldn’t be because of the hurricane. They are working overtime taking care of all the policies. So, thanks to all of them and we wish they were here, but we are thankful for the opportunity to give them this podium.”
Wolf Henzler: “It was a tough race, especially once I was behind the Cadillac. It was tough to get close enough to overtake him, but in the end, we had a full course yellow and I had my chance on the restart. I thought we might have a shot for second place but it didn’t quite happen. Third was good though for the GAINSCO Auto Insurance team and I am looking forward to the race tomorrow.”
Bob Stallings: “Third podium for the Red Dragon here at COTA today. Great finish for our team and for Porsche. The drivers did a great job out there today…Wolf had a fantastic run passing the Cadillac at the end, which in turn helped Porsche with the Championship. It was a great day. We sure missed our GAINSCO agents and employees today, this podium is in their honor.”
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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 911 GT3 R. GAINSCO distributes policies through a network of thousands of independent agents and digital marketplaces 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.