From Open Wheel to Sports Cars...Fogarty Brings Experience and "The Red Dragon" to Road America
Rounds 12 and 13 of the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge
The Pirelli World Challenge Kohler Grand Prix
Jon Fogarty, No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing™ McLaren 650S GT3
June 23-26, 2016
Racetrack: Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI 4.048-mile permanent road course, features 14 turns
GT Races: Race 1: Saturday, 6/25 at 4:30 pm ET, Race 2: Sunday, June 26 at 9:55 am ET
TV: CBS SPORTS on Sunday, July 3rd at 3pm ET
On Jon’s Bucket List: Jon Fogarty has raced at Road America since the late 1990s. He’s won at nearly every track in America and raced at the most famous tracks around the world. He’s a four-time American Champion, holding two Atlantic titles and two Sports Car titles, yet somehow, a victory at Road America has eluded him. “Winning at Road America is definitely something that is very important to me. It’s one of those things that stands out in my mind…something I must achieve. I’ve had great cars and great races there. It’s my kind of track, I love that place, yet somehow, even in my Championship seasons…it hasn’t happened. It certainly is the greatest road course in America and a win there would satisfy what’s missing for me,” said Fogarty.
The Atlantic Car VS. The McLaren: Fogarty discusses the difference between racing an Atlantic open wheel car to the Sports Car at Road America: “All of my early experience at Road America came driving an open wheel car there. The approach now, with the McLaren 650S GT3, is completely different. The Atlantic car had a huge amount of downforce and corresponding drag, so the corners were so much different. In the McLaren you arrive at those corners so much quicker because of the horsepower, and then they become real corners with heavy braking and quick acceleration. In the open wheel car, the approach is more of a flow; for example, turn 7 really isn’t a turn because you are flat and you just turn the wheel. In the McLaren it will be a challenging turn because you have to slow the car so much more to make the turn and then very quickly accelerate out of it. I almost have to undo everything I know and completely re-adjust my approach. Fortunately, I know the track with my eyes closed, so I have been preparing mentally for the adjustment.”
Circle of Champions: GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing welcomes five new team members at Road America. GAINSCO Auto Insurance’s “Circle of Champions,” Cory Grimes, Shannon Wallace, Lindsey Edington, Amanda Cardenas and Sarahi Leyva won the trip to Road America for their outstanding performance in exemplifying the core values of GAINSCO Auto Insurance.
Jon Fogarty: “Road America is always one of my favorite events of the year. The fans in Wisconsin are Racers and they always turn out. They have a great ticket this year with the IndyCar and Pirelli World Challenge races. Road America is just an awesome track. My favorite section is the Carousel; the turn goes forever, it’s unique and then feeds into the Kink which is fast and extra sketchy and then the run through the trees and Canada Corner is awesome. It’s a driver’s track for sure, tricky and fast, everything you could ask for.”
Bob Stallings, Team Owner: “I’m very excited to get back to racing, especially at Road America. It's a terrific track, full of energetic fans and a real test for the Racers. Naturally B.O.P. (balance of performance) gives the cars with power and straight line speed an interesting vantage point at the front of the grid, but that can't spoil the fun for all of us lucky enough to race at this beautiful facility. I also just want to say how much we are keeping the two drivers injured at Lime Rock in our hearts and prayers at GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing. We hope for healing and recovery for them and courage and strength for their families.”
Media Contact: Katie Brannan
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Photography Credit: Brian Cleary – www.bcpix.com
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 McLaren 650S GT3. 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.
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, six-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/McLaren 650S GT3 competes in the Pirelli World Challenge Series with American driver Jon Fogarty.
About McLaren GT: McLaren GT is the GT race car manufacturing arm of McLaren Group established to develop, build and support the GT racing and track derivatives of the 12C sports car, and the 650S GT3. Based in Woking, Surrey at the former home of McLaren Racing, the company is responsible for the design, development and production of the GT3 variants of the 12C and 650S, the 12C GT Can-Am Edition and the 12C GT Sprint.