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Memo Gidley to co-drive Team Cytosport P1 Lola in Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta This Weekend Memo Gidley will add another page to his already stellar resume at this weekend's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Gidley, a long-time member of the ...

Memo Gidley to co-drive Team Cytosport P1 Lola in Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta This Weekend

Memo Gidley will add another page to his already stellar resume at this weekend's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

Gidley, a long-time member of the Cytosport roster of top athletes that ranges from football legend Jerry Rice to X-Games star Kody Wright, will co-drive the #06 Team Cytosport P1 Lola B06/14 AER with Greg Pickett and Klaus Graf.

Gidley, who has raced and won in everything from karts to Champ Cars, brings extensive experience, both at Road Atlanta and in prototype endurance racing, to the Cytosport team. Driving for the Finlay Motorsports team in 2005, he won the Rolex Daytona Prototype season finale in Mexico City. And at Road Atlanta in 2006, he co-drove the Highcroft Racing prototype to their first podium finish. Gidley also ran the Petit Le Mans with the Panoz factory team in 1999.

This year he has been a regular driver with the #77 Doran Kodak team in Grand-Am Rolex races during the 2007 season, and also co-drove three races for championship-contending SunTrust team finishing on the podium twice.

"I love racing prototypes and Road Atlanta is a great racetrack for this kind of car," says Gidley, a resident of Novato, California. "We tested here last weekend and the car was fast, stable and reliable right off the trailer. We made a few minimal changes to optimize it for this track, and we our test times have been in the top-6 so far this week. I think, with the speed of the car and the driving talent on the team, that we're ready to give the big dogs a run for their money."

Team owner Greg Pickett raced in the Trans-Am series for nearly 30 years and was the series champion in 1978. Pickett is also the founder of CytoSport, a company on the cutting edge of sports nutrition science, providing a wide range of the highest quality dietary supplements to professional and amateur athletes striving to reach their potential.

Graf, a former test driver for McLaren and former Panoz factory driver, was also the Trans-Am series champion in 2005. The car that the trio of Gidley, Picket and Graf will be racing this weekend is one raced by Dyson Racing in the 2006 American Le Mans Series that threatened the dominance of the Audi R10 TDI during the second half of the season. AER will supply the team with a newly developed 4.0-liter, turbocharged V8.

The first official practice session for Petit Le Mans is set for 10:15 a.m. Thursday.

-credit: www.MemoGidley.com.

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