Former No. 99 Driver Alex Gurney

BIRTHDATE September 4, 1974
BIRTHPLACE Newport Beach, California
RESIDENCE Irvine, California
FAMILY Married, wife Colleen, daughters Natalie and Savannah

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Alex  Gurney is the son of American racing legend Dan Gurney.  He joined Bob Stallings racing in 2004 when he coached Bob Stallings to the SCCA National Championships.  In 2005, Stallings decided to take his driving career to a professional level and tapped Gurney to be his teammate in the Grand Am Series, driving a Daytona Prototype.  The duo opened their first event fastest at Laguna Seca (2005).  They went on to achieve much success in their debut season; but Stallings quickly realized he wanted to be a Championship contender.  In order to achieve this goal, he stepped out of the cockpit and on Gurney’s recommendation, tapped American Champion Jon Fogarty to partner with Gurney.  The duo quickly dominated at nearly every circuit and captured both the 2007 and 2009 GRAND-AM Rolex Series Daytona Prototype Championships.

The Gurney/Fogarty duo is one of the most successful driver pairings in the Daytona Prototype ranks, scoring 16 career victories since debuting as teammates five races into the 2006 season. GAINSCO, Gurney and Fogarty also scored a series-leading four wins in 2009’s championship season in addition to a dominating and record-setting run to the 2007 title that saw the team capture victories in half of the year’s 14 races.  Gurney’s most recent victory came in GAINSCO’s home state of Texas at Circuit of The Americas, March 2, 2013.  In 2014, Gurney announced his retirement and works with his brother Justin and his father Dan on space development programs at All American Racers.

Career Highlights

  • 16 career Rolex Series victories
  • 2007 and 2009 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Co-Champion
  • 2008 Rolex 24 At Daytona second-place finisher with Jon Fogarty, Jimmie Johnson and Jimmy Vasser
  • Won seven of 14 races with Fogarty in 2007 season
  • Co-drove to victory with Fogarty in the inaugural sports car race at Circuit of The Americas in 2013
  • Five career Rolex Series poles in limited qualifying attempts, including 2007 Rolex 24
  • 2007 Rolex Series lap leader (331)
  • Third in 2002 Toyota Atlantic Championship
  • Eight top-10 Finishes in 2001 British Formula 3

2014 – Gurney retires after GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing’s devastating crash at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona with Memo Gidley driving the No. 99 Red Dragon.

2013 – GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, Daytona Prototypes. Third in driver and team championships with teammate Jon Fogarty

GAINSCO and Gurney put together in 2013 their best season since winning the 2009 Daytona Prototype driver and team championships.  Gurney and his teammates won the second race of the year in storybook fashion at Circuit of The Americas in the team’s home-state of Texas and factored into the season-long championship battle from that point on. On two occasions, including at mid-season, Gurney and the team were only two points out of the championship lead and ultimately ended the year third with 312 points. Gurney and the No. 99 team finished in the top-five in half of the year’s 12 races, including four podium results. In addition to the Texas victory, Gurney and his teammates also earned a second-place finish at Barber Motorsports Park and third-place showings at Road Atlanta and Indianapolis.

2012 – GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, Daytona Prototypes. Seventh in team championship with teammate Jon Fogarty, eighth in driver championship.

Gurney and his GAINSCO teammates endured their toughest year on record in 2012 in the debut season for the new No. 99 Corvette Daytona Prototype.  In addition to expected new car development issues, Gurney was plagued by every type of bad racing luck possible and he and Fogarty finished a career-low eighth in the final driver championship standings.  GAINSCO also failed to win a race in a season for the first time since entering full-time competition in 2006.  Despite the poor results, Gurney frequently ran competitively on track and he joined Fogarty as one of just two pairs of teammates to earn a place in SPEED.com’s Year-End Top-10 rankings.  Season highlights included a three-race podium streak to close the season, a run that was part of five total top-three finishes in the year’s 13 races. The five podium results consisted of second-place finishes at Barber Motorsports Park, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, Montreal and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and third at Lime Rock.