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2017 Goodbyes: Bob Stallings Racing

The team departs the scene, but the 'Red Dragon' will live on

While the iconic ‘Red Dragon’ paint scheme is set to live on as part of JDC Miller Motorsports’ IMSA Prototype effort this year, the Bob Stallings Racing outfit will not be back, Stallings himself confirming that the team would cease its racing operations after the 2017 season, earlier this year.

Over its 12-year history, Bob Stallings Racing has competed in Grand Am, IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge, becoming an extremely popular outfit with the fans trackside and at home, and a successful one too.

Looking back, mid-way through its years racing in Grand Am with Daytona Prototypes, prior to the horrendous accident at Daytona involving Memo Gidley (who is now thankfully ok and back behind the wheel of race cars again) in 2014, were the most memorable.

In 2007 and 2009 the team won the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series titles, winning 11 races, racing with Riley chassis and drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty among others. Up against a stacked field of top sportscar teams and drivers, those achievements solidified them as one of the USA’s privately run top outfits.

Here’s a look at Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing’s history through the years, starting with its most recent Pirelli World Challenge efforts.

2017 – Pirelli World Challenge – Porsche 911 GT3 R – Jon Fogarty

2016 – Pirelli World Challenge – McLaren 650S GT3 – Jon Fogarty

2013 – Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series – Corvette DP – Jon Fogarty & Alex Gurney – 1 x DP class win

2012 – Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series – Corvette DP – Jon Fogarty, Alex Gurney & Memo Gidley

2011 – Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series – Riley Mk XX Chevrolet – Jon Fogarty, Alex Gurney Jimmie Johnson & Memo Gidley – 2 x DP class wins

2010 – Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series – Riley Mk XX Chevrolet – Alex Gurney, Jon Fogarty, Jimmie Johnson & Jimmy Vasser – 1 x DP class win

2009 – Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series – Riley Mk XX Pontiac – Alex Gurney, Jon Fogarty, Jimmie Johnson & Jimmy Vasser – 4 x DP class wins & Grand Am Teams and Drivers titles

2008 – Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series – Riley Mk XI Pontiac – Alex Gurney, Jon Fogarty, Jimmie Johnson & Jimmy Vasser – 1 x DP class win & second overall at the Rolex 24 Hours

2007 – Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series – Riley Mk XI Pontiac – Jon Fogarty, Alex Gurney & Jimmy Vasser – 7 x DP class wins & Grand Am Teams and Drivers titles

2006 – Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series – Riley Mk XI Pontiac – Jon Fogarty, Alex Gurney, Jimmy Vasser & Rocky Moran Jnr

2005 – Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series – Riley Mk XI Pontiac – Bob Stallings, Alex Gurney