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GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Switches to Porsche

GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing to run Porsche 911 GT3 R…

Photo: GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing

Photo: GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing

GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing announced on Tuesday that it will make the switch from McLaren to Porsche for the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Sprint Championship season.

The team makes the switch from the McLaren 650S GT3 it campaigned in 2016 to a Porsche 911 GT3 R.

“We are happy to have the opportunity to advance our racing program with Porsche for the 2017 PWC season,” said Bob Stallings.

“I have known the leadership of Porsche Motorsport for several years, having competed against them in the Rolex Series and more recently at PWC.

“We have had many discussions over the years about joining forces on the race track, but never could find the right opportunity to complete a relationship. Porsche has been a leader in motorsports for many years throughout the world racing scene.

“I have held them in high regard and always thought we might decide to race together eventually, and the opportunity to get it done now was very compelling.”

The Porsche 911 GT3 R took five races victories in PWC in 2016 between drivers Patrick Long and Michael Lewis. Ultimately, the German brand finished the season second in the manufacturers’ standings.

“Customer racing is the foundation of Porsche Motorsport,” said Jens Walther, president and CEO of Porsche Motorsport North America.

“We are always delighted when an organization as successful as GAINSCO chooses to race with us, and we welcome Bob Stallings and the entire team to the Porsche family.”

Jon Fogarty will return to the Texas-based team for his ninth year and his second full-season PWC program.

Before joining GAINSCO, Fogarty drove a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR for Flying Lizard Motorsports, and so is happy to return to the brand.

“It’s wonderful to be back with Porsche, where I began my sports car career in 2004,” he said. “I was immediately impressed with Porsche’s GT racer and went on to compete and finish on the podium several times the following 2005/6 seasons.

“Porsche and sports car racing are nearly one and the same, and Porsche’s global support behind the 911 are great contributors to their decades of success.

“I am very happy to be back with such a strong organization and look forward to contributing to both GAINSCO and Porsche’s success in the 911 GT3 R.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist focusing on European series for Sportscar365. Kilshaw was the founder of WorldSportsCar.co.uk and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Joe

    November 29, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    It is a shame to not see them back in IMSA since Memo’s crash.

  2. Tim

    November 29, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Thats not very “Red Dragon”. The Porsche doesnt really have the flamethrower exhaust like the Mclaren did.

    • el_gordo

      November 29, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      **cough cough** Hyundai

      • Tim

        November 30, 2016 at 7:55 am

        Haha good point.

  3. P

    November 29, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Is there a tiny chance that they might race in the IMSA?

    • Lanky Turtle

      November 29, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Doesn’t mention it in the article but at least they have the option now since McLaren probably aren’t going to pay the IMSA partner fee.

  4. kyle

    November 29, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Really want them back in imsa

  5. juneracer

    November 29, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    maybe that’s the underlining reason they went to Porsche. so they could run the car in either series. doesn’t make sense otherwise.

  6. Jeff Wagner

    November 29, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    When/if they go back to IMSA Full-Time I hope they can move to GTLM, or P2 (that’s what I call it), that’s where they belong. A very well run team!

  7. David Chaste

    November 30, 2016 at 1:08 am

    The Mclaren just wasn’t competitive for them. Either the team just wasn’t setting it up right or Mclaren focused all resources on Kpax as the factory squad or Fogarty had a hard time with it. So they went with the tried and true benchmark GT3 car. Porsche really knows how to support its customers no matter how numerous they are.

    • Bakkster

      November 30, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      The McLaren has never been a comfortable car to race, particularly for amateurs. That’s a big reason for their lack of results.

  8. karlt

    November 30, 2016 at 9:01 am

    I would not expect Gainsco to compete in IMSA. In PWC they get to battle for top honours at a fraction of the budget to run GTD and be in the bottom class.

  9. Alex

    November 30, 2016 at 9:50 am

    A shame that this team has to resort to yet another switch of cars after only 12 months. If they were allowed to have the car they initially wanted (along with a few other teams on the grid), they would certainly still have it to this day (and probably a handful of wins).

    Hopefully this brand might bring them better luck than McLaren….

    • David Chaste

      November 30, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      They were allowed to have the Hyundai. And Bob himself invested in its develoment because he also sells Hyundais as a dealer. So it would have been good publicity. But their sponsor wanted to be in the top class and with a top line car that can win overall.

      • Alex

        December 1, 2016 at 12:14 pm

        David, I am speaking about something else entirely. Not the Hyundai. However, I will not elaborate. If you read my initial comment closer, you will know which car I am referring to.

        Again, hopefully Porsche will bring them better luck 🙂

        • David Chaste

          December 1, 2016 at 11:34 pm

          The Mclaren did not deliver results for them. Fogarty could’t deliver with it. I elaborated on that in my previous comment. They’re used to winning and they have the resources to win, and they want to be winning soon.

          • Alex

            December 2, 2016 at 8:54 am

            sigh….if you cant read my original comment more closely, then I suppose you wont be able figure it out -__-

            to recap: Not talking about McLaren. Not Talking about Porsche. Not talking about Hyundai.

  10. Bob

    December 13, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Alex,,,,quit trying to be an insider ust spit it out.

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