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Stallings and Fogarty Savor Return to Mid-Ohio...GAINSCO's Most Successful Track

Rounds 14 and 15 of the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge

The Pirelli World Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Presented by Honda Racing

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

July 29-31, 2016

Rounds 14 and 15 of the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge 

The Pirelli World Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Presented by Honda Racing 

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

July 29-31, 2016 

 

Racetrack: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio

2.4-mile permanent road course, features 15 turns

GT Races: Race 1: Saturday, July 30th at 4:35pm ET, Race 2: Sunday, July 31st at 11:00am ET

TV: CBS SPORTS on Sunday, August 7th at 4pm ET

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

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

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Fast Facts:

Mid-Ohio Race Winners:  The GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team has a storied past at Mid-Ohio, including team owner Bob Stallings.  Stallings won the SCCA Formula Atlantic National Championship at Mid-Ohio in 2004.  The SCCA Runoffs are the pinnacle of amateur racing in the United States.  Jon Fogarty’s success in Sports Cars at Mid-Ohio includes five pole positions, two victories and three third place podium finishes.  The team made nine starts from 2005-2013 and started inside the top five in all nine and finished in the top five in six of nine races.

Fogarty’s Perspective…The Highs: “So far, I would have to say our podium at COTA has been the high point of the season.  Having all the guests present for the podium celebration was very special.  Of course being on the podium is nice, but having everyone who supports you and makes the program possible celebrating there with you is about as good as it gets.” 

 

The Lows: “The low point would have to be our race weekend at Mosport.  We were just so far off the front running pace with an ill-handling car…it was just no fun at all.  At least when I crashed out at Long Beach I was fast; at Mosport there is not much we could come away from the weekend with to be happy about.  All the McLarens struggled at Mosport, but we struggled the most and that comes down to me and my engineer just not being able to work through the setup quickly enough on a race weekend.  Anyhow, I am glad it’s behind us.”

 

 Looking Ahead: “I do believe our high point is still ahead.  I know what the team is capable of and I am looking forward to showing that.  I am looking forward to all the events ahead; each one is an opportunity to compete and improve and the challenge of racing in a competitive field which is something the entire team enjoys- even if the results are not exactly what we want.  Being on the West coast makes the final three race swing nice, it’s easy travel and I will be able to bring family to a few events.  This, and the fact that they are all great tracks is something to look forward to.”

 

Circle of Champions: GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing congratulates and welcomes five new team members at Mid-Ohio:  GAINSCO Auto Insurance’s “Circle of Champions,” Diana DeSilva, Gregg Kibler, Rochelle Sutcliffe, Munira Adenwalla, Gwen Mesta and Jessica Romack won the trip for their outstanding performance in exemplifying the core values of GAINSCO Auto Insurance.

Bob Stallings, Team Owner: “Very anxious to get back to racing and Mid -O is just the place to get back to it.  I won the 2004 Runoffs there in my Atlantic Car and Jon has had many poles and wins at Mid-O. It's a terrific test for both car and driver and there is particular benefit in getting a good qualifying lap in. Many of the courses we run on are difficult to pass on and Mid-O is certainly one of them.  The racing fans are always plentiful at this legendary track and more than a few are Red Dragon Fans, to be sure. Our debut season at PWC and in the McLaren has been a challenging one for the team, with only one podium to show for our efforts, so far. But Mid-O has given us some great finishes and we are hopeful for another one this weekend.”

 

Jon Fogarty: “I love racing at Mid-Ohio.  It’s a track that really suits my driving style and I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a lot of success there throughout my career, especially while driving the Red Dragon.”


  

 

 

 

Media Contact:

Katie Brannan

P.R. GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing

Office Tel. 775.781.9240 

Cell/Texts: 775.783.9033

www.gainscoracing.com

www.gainsco.com

 

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.

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