When you're hot, you're hot. Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney led all but one lap Friday at Watkins Glen International, cruising to their fifth Daytona Prototype victory in seven races in the Crown Royal 200 at The Glen.
Gurney took the checkered flag for the 200-mile sprint 1.757 seconds ahead of Max Angelelli, tightening the championship battle with only two races remaining in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve.
It was the sixth victory of the season for Gurney and Fogarty in 12 races, and second at Watkins Glen. In June, the pair won the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen on the 3.4-mile long course, with Friday's event on the 2.45-mile short course.
Scott Pruett held the point lead entered the event, but finished third in the No. 01 Telmex Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley started by Memo Rojas. As a result, Pruett and Angelelli are unofficially tied for the lead, four points ahead of Gurney and Fogarty.
Colin Braun had taken over second heading to the white flag in the No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley started by Nic Jonsson, but spun after contact with Angelelli on the final lap and finished 11th. Memo Gidley started the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley.
The result was never in doubt. Pole-sitter Fogarty jumped to the lead at the drop of the green flag in the No. 99 Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley. He led until his pit stop under caution on lap 34, momentarily handing the lead over to Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 39 Cheever Racing Crown Royal Pontiac Fabcar.
Burt Frisselle went into the Gravel in the Inner Loop on lap 69 to bring out a brief caution. Racing resumed on lap 73, but Gurney pulled away and led the final 10 circuits.
Darren Law and David Donohue finished fifth after starting last following an engine change in the No. 58 Red Bull Brumos Porsche Riley. Rounding out the top 10 were Mat Alhadeff and Bill Auberlen in the No. 05 BMW RIley; Fittipaldi and Antonio Garcia; Mark Patterson and Oswaldo Negri in the No. 60 Lexus Riley; Patrick Long and Emmanuel Collard in the No. 23 Porsche Crawford; and Rob Finlay and Michael Valiante in the No. 19 Lexus Riley.
The race was slowed by three cautions, all for cars stuck in the Inner Loop gravel trap.