Simpson and Goikhberg Steady So Far in 2018, But Unsatisfied in Podium Pursuit

Racetrack: Belle Isle Park, Detroit, MI

2.35-mile permanent road course features 15 turns

Race: Saturday, June 2, 2018 12:30 – 2:30pm ET

TV: Fox Sports 2 on Saturday, June 2 live at 12:30pm ET

Radio/Web: www.IMSA.com – All sessions LIVE

FAST FACTS:

Company of The Year:  GAINSCO Auto Insurance was recently named “Company of the Year” by the Texas Professional Insurance Agents.  This award is presented each year to an outstanding company that exhibits dedication to Texas PIA member agencies and provides its clients with a high level of customer service. This recognition is also given to a company that demonstrates a commitment to betterment through continued education and is a contributing member to its community.

3/6: The Detroit Grand Prix has been friendly to Misha Goikhberg and Stephen Simpson, drivers of the No. 99 Red Dragon™.  Last year Misha had one of this best qualifying results of the season on the tight and twisty street circuit.  The duo started third and finished sixth.  It was the first of a string of three podium finishes.

Keeping Busy:  Although it’s been nearly a month since the last IMSA event at Mid-Ohio, Misha a Stephen have been keeping busy at racetracks.  They completed a very successful two-day test with their co-driver Chris Miller a few weeks ago at Watkins Glen, the site of the upcoming Sahlen’s Six Hours Of The Glen the last weekend in June.  Stephen spent the rest of the month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway spotting for friend J.R. Hildebrand in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500.

The Battle is ON:  Heading into the fifth race of the season, the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship is producing a heated battle.  The Red Dragon is tied for seventh position in the , and just three points out of fourth and nine points out of the top three.  The No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance/ORECA has finished inside the top-ten all season.

Misha Goikhberg’s take on Belle Isle: “It’s as bumpy as Sebring, its as tight as Long Beach. It’s that island in Detroit where 1st place we will reach!”

Stephen Simpson on the challenges of Belle Isle “Detroit is another great street circuit however, it is different to Long Beach, the last  street circuit we raced at, and provides different challenges.  The second half of the lap is mainly concrete which doesn’t have as much grip as the asphalt and the track is narrower towards the end of the lap which means you must take more risks to go fast.  Detroit is also bumpier than Long Beach and I catch myself gripping the steering wheel that much tighter on track!  We have had success at Detroit in the past and I’m looking forward to getting our GAINSCO Auto Insurance/JDC-Miller Motorsports Red Dragon up front.”

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