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The Red Dragon Struggles for Speed at Mosport

 

Round 9 of the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge

2016 Castrol Presents the Victoria Day SpeedFest

Jon Fogarty, No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing™ McLaren 650S GT3

May 20-22, 2016

 

The GAINSCO Auto Insurance®/Bob Stallings Racing No. 99 McLaren 650S GT3 struggled north of the border at the legendary Canadian Tire Motorsports Park this weekend. The championship team experienced electrical problems in the first race on Saturday, and worked late into the night to find and remedy the problem.   Eventually, they found a faulty ground connection, which they successfully replaced.  The Red Dragon™ took its grid position under sunny skies on Sunday.  Suddenly, during the pace laps and just before the green flag, the weather changed and a thunderstorm hovered while the team prepared for a possible tire change.  Just rain sprinkles prevailed and Jon completed the race distance, albeit far from the front of the field, and in unfamiliar territory for Fogarty and his GAINSCO team.  The car is not responding as it should to balance changes and it is clear the electrical program was not the only issue hindering The Red Dragon.  The GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team will return to testing to see if they can find a better balance and more speed this Tuesday at Lime Rock Park.

Session

Position 

Time 

 

Speed

Practice One

13th

1:17.929

 

113.596 mph

Qualifying

15th

1:16.768

 

115.314 mph

Race One

16th

1:18.680

 

 

Race Two

16th

1:18.590

 

 

Race Quotes:

Jon Fogarty on Race Two: “Our results this weekend certainly do not represent who we are or our capabilities; it’s frustrating for sure.  It’s unfortunate to represent our partners from the back of the field.  We’re going to do what it takes to turn this around.”

Bob Stallings on Race Two: “The McLarens struggled a bit here, but we expected that.  Since the race at Long Beach, we can’t seem to get our car to a respectable competitive level.”

Jon Fogarty on Race One: “It was a difficult race that was unfortunately plagued by some electrical gremlins, that we are trying to sort through right now.  We need to continue to make the car better and will not be completely sure where we stack up until that is fixed. There’s another one (race) tomorrow and we need to get that fixed if we want to be competitive.  We’ve got all the guys on it, including the McLaren representative.  We’re going to take a deep look at the data and see if we can find it and hopefully have a better day tomorrow. It’s been humbling for sure.”

Bob Stallings on Race One: “It was tough out there today; I felt really bad for Jon in the car.  We had a lot of electrical issues.  The car was missing a lot, so obviously we are at a loss of power.  It was a struggle just to keep the car on track.  The McLaren representative is here taking a look at it to see if he can figure out what it is.  The car actually shut off in the pits and then without anyone touching it, it re-started itself, so we obviously have electrical issues.  We’ll re-focus and get it fixed, and hopefully have a more competitive car tomorrow.”

 

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