Jon Fogarty finds himself at a professional crossroads after the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing announced the closure of its Red Dragon sports car team.
The two-time Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype champ, who moved to the Pirelli World Challenge series with Stallings in 2015, says it might be time to make racing his part-time job.
“I’ve been mulling over what might be next, and I’m not actively pursuing a regular ride at this time, but if something really attractive or interesting came along, I’d be open to it,” the Oregon-based Californian (below, Dole/LAT photo) told RACER. “And at the same time, I’m seeing this as a signal that a transition needs to take place for me, so I’m going to explore it.
“I love racing. Being able to earn a living driving a racecar is a dream you never want to wake up from, so if I can continue doing that, I would, but that’s not as much of a reality these days.”
Trading prototypes and GT cars for a tractor could be part of Fogarty’s long-term plans.
“Driving’s my passion, but every driver has to make plans for the future,” he said. “I do love farming and agriculture; that’s what I studied and my family is in that line of work, so that could be an opportunity. I’ve positioned myself and my family where we are now in the Pacific Northwest, and [family-related farming] would require moving back to California, so right now, I’m in the early stages of thinking about what I might do on my own in this area.”
Fogarty, who would welcome a chance to return to prototype racing at IMSA’s endurance events, will miss seeing his name on the side of the red No. 99.
“I’ve had such amazing times and camaraderie with Bob and Alex Gurney and the entire team, and I’m super grateful to have been with them for as long as I have,” he said. “I’m really fortunate to have been part of Bob’s racing family.”