It was a good start Saturday for the Gainsco-Bob Stallings Racing Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype team as they won the Grand-Am of the Americas Presented By Gainesco and Total at the new Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas.
After driver Jon Fogarty had driven to the pole in the No. 99 Red Dragon, co-driver Alex Gurney put the finishing touches on the race as he held off Ryan Dalziel in the Starworks Motorsports Riley-Ford on the last lap and held on for the victory.
Gainsco picked up its first win in nearly two years for owner Bob Stallings of Dallas, who sponsored the race with his insurance company.
“It was a very intense race,” Gurney said. “That last 30 minutes seemed to last forever.”
The new 3.4-mile track was hosting its first Grand Am event, and all drivers expressed praise for the rookie facility, which had hosted a Formula One race in November.
Though the crowd was much smaller this weekend, track officials still said they were happy with the two-day total of 26,648, even though F1′s three-day total had been 117,000.
Three other Corvette DP teams placed in the top 10, with Stephane Sarrazin fourth in the 8 Star Motorsports car, Christian Fittipaldi fifth for Action Express Racing, and Max Angelelli 10th for Wayne Taylor Racing.