Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

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March 20, 2010

GAINSCO Auto Insurance race car appears in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville Insurance Agency is revving up Jacksonville next week with an appearance of the GAINSCO Auto Insurance No. 99 Daytona Prototype race car.

The bright red GAINSCO racing machine will make its appearance at Jacksonville Insurance Agancy, 219 E. Commerce on Thursday between 10 am and 2 pm.

Visitors to Jacksonville Insurance Agency can get a first-hand look at the race car, which is an exact replica of the Chevrolet Riley XX Daytona Prototype race car driven in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series by Alex Gurney – son of racing legend Dan Gurney – and two-time Toyota Atlantic champion Jon Fogarty. 

In longer races, GAINSCO, Gurney and Fogarty are frequently joined by three-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson and former Champ Car World Series Champion Jimmy Vasser.

The GAINSCO team and its lead duo of drivers are the 2007 Rolex Series Driver and Team Champions and finished second in the same championships in 2008.  After beginning the 2009 season this past January with a seventh-place finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona with Johnson and Vasser, Gurney and Fogarty and the entire GAINSCO team will be looking for their second Rolex Series championships this season.

Visitors can see the 500-horsepower race 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 trailer, which is a show in itself, featuring an 80-foot-wraparound mural painted by famed motorsports artist Bill Patterson.

While at the show car appearance, guests can receive free quotes on GAINSCO Auto Insurance from Jacksonville Insurance, as well as advice on how to save money on car insurance.  Also, register to win a $50 gift card!

About the GAINSCO Show Car

The GAINSCO Auto Insurance No. 99 Daytona Prototype is an exotic, mid-engine machine built strictly for competition on the track. Low to the ground and capable of speeds near 200 mph, the car is constructed from the most advanced racing technology, including chrome-moly tubing, carbon fiber panels and a 500-horsepower 5-liter Chevrolet V-8 racing engine. Recently retired from service, the GAINSCO show car tours the country while its twin competes in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.

 

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