#99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Chevrolet/Corvette DP

#99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Chevrolet/Corvette DP

Alex Gurney has said he is happy with his opening stint in the #99 GAINSCO Corvette, after taking the new Corvette Daytona Prototype to the lead of the race.

“We’re pretty happy,” he said. “At the very beginning of the race you’re always focused on not hitting anything and making sure no one does anything crazy at the start, and I was happy about that.

“I lost a position on the start, so was running fifth for a while. Then (Max) Angelelli got caught up in traffic and I got around him. Then I just settled in, running a hard pace, but trying to be careful in traffic too. It’s a good start for the new Corvette.”

Gurney’s father Dan won the inaugural Daytona 24 Hour in 1962 and on the 50th anniversary of this Alex is hoping he can follow in his fathers wheel tracks.

“Obviously, that’s the goal,” he said. “That kind chance doesn’t come along very often! Fifty years is a big landmark, so I’m definitely hoping to do it. We haven’t won this race before, so it’s the perfect time to make it happen.”