LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Toole Insurance Agency is revving up Lufkin this week with an appearance of the championship-winning GAINSCO Auto Insurance No. 99 Daytona Prototype race car. Nicknamed the "Red Dragon," the bright red GAINSCO racing machine will make its appearance at Toole Insurance Agency, located at 915 Atkinson Drive (at corner of Timberland and Atkinson) on June 29th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Visitors to Toole can get a first-hand look at the race car, which is an exact replica of the car driven to the 2007 and 2009 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype Championships by Alex Gurney (son of racing legend Dan Gurney) and Jon Fogarty. Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson is also a frequent GAINSCO driver and, along with former Indy Car Champion Jimmy Vasser, joined Gurney and Fogarty for a second-place finish in the 2008 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Gurney and Fogarty return as GAINSCO's fulltime driving team for the seventh consecutive season in 2012.
The GAINSCO team has broken records all across the motorsports circuit and the duo of Gurney and Fogarty has won 15 races through the 2011 season. Fogarty is also the Daytona Prototype career pole position leader with 19 top qualifying efforts, while Gurney has built a reputation as one of the sport's top closers as the driver who usually takes the No. 99 to the checkered flag.
Visitors can see the 500-horsepower car up close, take pictures and get a true sense of high-speed road racing action. Also on the scene will be the car's custom hauler, a show in itself, which features an 80-foot-wraparound motorsports mural of the No. 99 "Red Dragon" race car.
While at the show car appearance, guests can receive free quotes on GAINSCO Auto Insurance from the Insurance Toole, as well as advice on how to save money on car insurance.
About the GAINSCO Show Car
The GAINSCO Auto Insurance No. 99 Daytona Prototype is an exotic, mid-engine machine built strictly for track competition. Low to the ground and capable speeds up to 200 mph, the car is constructed from the most advanced racing technology, including carbon fiber, chrome-moly tubing and a 500-horsepower 5-liter Chevrolet V-8 supplied by Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines (ECR Engines). An actual race car retired from the circuit, the GAINSCO show car tours the country while its current counterpart competes in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.
About GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing
GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing has been committed to excellence in road racing since its formation in 2001. The team, lead drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, and the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Daytona Prototype won the 2007 and 2009 Championships in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, finishing second in the same championships in 2008, and third in 2010 and 2011. The team is supported by GAINSCO Inc., BobStallingsCars.com, powered by Chevrolet, and partnered with GM Racing, ECR Engines and Riley Technologies. For information, visit www.GAINSCOracing.com.
About GAINSCO Auto Insurance
The primary sponsor of the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Daytona Prototype is GAINSCO Inc., a Dallas, Texas-based auto insurer that distributes policies through a network of thousands of independent agents across Sunbelt states. GAINSCO uses its "Are You Driven?®" motorsports sponsorship and marketing campaign to build brand awareness and advance its distribution strategies. For information, visit www.GAINSCO.com.
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