Gainsco Pontiac Wins At The Glen
The No. 99 Gainsco Pontiac powered Daytona Prototype (DP) driven by Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney won the Crown Royal 200 at Watkins Glen and round 12 of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve this evening. For the GAINSCO duo it is their sixth win on the season. In second place was the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac placing driver Max Angelelli in a tie for the championship lead.
Starting from the pole position, their ninth on the season and Pontiac’s twelfth, Fogarty and Gurney never looked back. The No. 99 Pontiac made the two-hour sprint at The Glen look easy. With 10 laps remaining a caution flag gave their pursuers a chance to close-up, but Gurney was able to hold off the pack to secure the team’s sixth win, tying the all time Grand-Am single season win record. The two are just four points out of the championship lead.
Taking second place was the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac driven by Memo Gidley and Max Angelelli. The finish was not easy, both drivers had on track contact. Gidley had a moment with the No. 31 car on lap 10 and then Angelelli with the 75 with just one lap remaining. This incident could have cost Angelelli a championship.
Sharing the front row on the start was the No. 75 of Krohn Racing Pontiac of Nic Jonsson and Colin Braun. Jonsson was able to keep the green car at the front. On the pit stop Braun took over and was running strongly in third. On the penultimate lap he passed the No. 10 into turn 10, causing a rage in Agnelelli who retook the position into turn one. Unfortunately there was contact and the 75 spun and ended up in 11th place.
Marc Goosens and Jim Matthews had another strong run in their No. 91 Riley-Matthews Pontiac Riley, finishing the day in fourth. Goosens had a strong car until the last few laps when the clutch started to go costing him time off of the corners.
Round 13 of the Grand-Am Rolex Series for the DP cars will be held at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California on August 25. The next round for the GT cars will be at Miller Motorsport Park in Utah on Sept. 15.