Former No. 99 Driver Jimmy Vasser
|BIRTHDATE||November 20, 1965|
|BIRTHPLACE||Canoga Park, California|
|RESIDENCE||Las Vegas, Nevada|
Jimmy Vasser was GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing’s primary “hired gun” from 2006 through 2010. He co-drove with GAINSCO in five-consecutive Rolex 24 at Daytona races from 2006 through 2010 and was also with the team for the 1000 kilometer races at Miller Motorsports Park from 2006 through 2008. Vasser also partnered Alex Gurney for a sixth-place finish in the 2006 Grand Prix of Miami and co-drove a special No. 98 GAINSCO Daytona Prototype at Laguna Seca in 2008 in Cristiano da Matta’s comeback race.
In total, Vasser’s 10 career races with GAINSCO rank him fourth all-time with the team, behind full-time drivers Gurney and Jon Fogarty, and just one start behind team owner and former driver Bob Stallings.
Vasser had a more than two-decade Indy Car career that saw him earn the 1996 CART Indy Car World Series Championship, 10 victories, 33 top-three podium finishes and eight pole positions in 232 career race starts. His final Indy Car victory in the 2002 California 500 with Team Rahal remains the fastest 500-mile race in history with an average speed of 197.995 mph. Vasser remains involved in Indy Car racing today.
Although best known for his Indy Car achievements, Vasser has also been successful in sports car racing and scored a class win in the 1992 Rolex 24 At Daytona in the GTP Lights division in an Acura Spice, co-driving with Parker Johnstone and Dan Marvin. Vasser’s top result with GAINSCO came in the 2008 Rolex 24 where he joined Gurney, Fogarty and Jimmie Johnson for a second-place finish.