Alex Gurney takes win at Grand-Am Rolex at Barber Motorsports Park
Sunday’s Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Porsche 250 presented by Legacy Credit Union at Barber Motorsports Park was a fight to the finish as Alex Gurney out-dueled Scott Pruett and a hard-charging Michael Valiante in the final laps to take the checkered flag. Gurney, along with teammate Jon Fogarty took both the overall and class wins in Birmingham in their No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype racer. GT Class winners Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell co-drove to victory in the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R.
“We didn’t have any tire issues and the Pirellis looked great when they came off the car,” said Fogarty, who drove over 90 minutes in the first half of the race. “There are just so many corners here and you are just leaning on the car so hard, of course you are going to have some wear on the tires, but no problems at all. The balance of the car maintained over the course of the stint. On this track… the Pirellis did their job and we won the race.”
Lidell and Davis won in GT for the second time this season and once again found the Pirelli P Zeros to their liking.
“We knew from last year we really had to watch our front tires in the heat, but the new Pirelli(s)…did a great job. For my entire stint, the tires stayed underneath me. For the Stevenson Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R the Pirellis were awesome.”
Four races remain on 2009’s 12-event Grand-Am Rolex Series schedule and next up is the Crown Royal 200 at The Glen on Friday, August 7. The race can be seen in same-day coverage on SPEED at 8 p.m. ET.