The Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Utah, Presented by SecurityNational Mortgage

Jon Fogarty, No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing™ Porsche 911 GT3 R

August 12-14, 2017

 

Racetrack: Utah Motorsports Campus, Tooele, Utah

3.048-mile permanent road course, features 24 turns

SprintX Races: Race 1: Saturday, August 12th at 1:30pm MT

Race 2: Sunday, August 13th at 12:30 pm MT

TV: CBS SPORTS on Sunday, August 20th at 2:30pm ET

Live streaming of the race is available on www.world-challenge.com and at www.motortrendondemand.com.

Live updates are available throughout the weekend at www.gainscoracing.com

 

Fast Facts:

SprintX Debut:  Having competed in just the Sprint races so far, this season, GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing will make their SprintX debut this weekend.  The team completed a successful test at the challenging 4.5-mile circuit in early July, just after receiving their current Porsche 911 GT 3 chassis.  The SprintX driver-change format will take the Championship team back to familiar territory.  It will be the first time the GAINSCO crew has completed the task since the 2014 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

Meistershaft Rennfahrer: GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing welcomes German Sports Car Champion Wolf Henzler to the GAINSO team.  Henzler, a Porsche “Works Driver” will co-drive with Jon Fogarty in the No. 99 Red Dragon™ this weekend and again at the team’s home event at Circuit of the Americas Labor Day weekend.

Champions in Utah:  The 4.5-mile campus is home to the first championship title for GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing.  The team won seven of 14 races that season and clinched the series championship over rivals Chip Ganassi Racing in the final event in Utah.

GAINSCO Auto Insurance®, coming soon to Utah: GAINSCO Auto Insurance recently announced their expansion into Utah.  The timing for this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge event worked out perfectly.  GAINSCO will introduce 40 local insurance agents and guests to the Red Dragon and SprintX racing with an “insider’s experience” this weekend.  GAINSCO Auto Insurance plans to launch its insurance product in Utah later this year.

 

Bob Stallings, Team Owner: “Getting back to Utah will give our team another opportunity to see if we have fully sorted our new Porsche chassis and we can experiment with the SprintX format. Wolf joined us for testing at the Utah track and has been helpful in getting us to a baseline setup in the new car. A few driver changes were part of the testing and based on our preliminary results, we seemed to be getting the hang of it, but it is likely we will practice a few drivers changes again on the test day for good measure.  The team has had great luck in Utah on our way to winning two Championships in the Rolex Series in the original Red Dragon. 2009 produced a win for us in Utah, which turned out to be critical to our Championship that year. The track is a real challenge for drivers and cars alike. Fast and slower turns combined with a very long straightaway make this venue a real challenge for John Ward, our Engineer, and for both Jon Fogarty and Wolf Henzler.”

 

The Team has some extra incentive to have a good showing this weekend as our primary sponsor, GAINSCO Auto Insurance, introduces a number of new Utah insurance agents to The Red Dragon and racing in the Pirelli World Challenge.”

 

Jon Fogarty: “It’s going to be an exciting weekend for us for sure.  I’ve been looking forward to sharing the Red Dragon with Wolf.  He has a storied career driving the Porsche and he’s been very helpful in our transition to the new car in testing.  In addition, we’ve got a big job to do in introducing our sponsor and their product to Utah.  We’ll be hosting several insurance agents who are new to the sport and it would be terrific to get them to victory circle.  We’ve done it before here and we can do it again.”

 

Wolf Henzler: “After testing a couple of times with GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing at various race tracks, finally my first SprintX race with Jon Fogarty is coming up this weekend at Salt Lake City. I can’t wait to sit in the car the first time in the practice session with all the other Pirelli World Challenge cars on track. The series has a lot of competition but our team is well prepared, and I hope we can carry all the things we learned from testing over to the race and fight for the podium.”