Memo Gidley - Ford interview 2008-08-26

This Week in Ford Racing Memo Gidley and Brad Jaeger, co-drivers of the No. 77 Ford-Dallara Daytona Prototype, have five top-10 finishes for the season entering this weekend's Grand-Am Rolex series race at New Jersey Motorsports Park in ...

This Week in Ford Racing

Memo Gidley and Brad Jaeger, co-drivers of the No. 77 Ford-Dallara Daytona Prototype, have five top-10 finishes for the season entering this weekend's Grand-Am Rolex series race at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J. Gidley talks about the new track and what it will take to finish on the podium.

WHAT IS IT LIKE FOR A DRIVER WHEN THE SERIES GOES TO A NEW TRACK? "It's a little bit of a difference starting out right away because nobody knows that the grip level of the track is like or what the layout is or what kind of handling requirements there are or what the gearing should be. So, at first it's a little bit of an unknown for everybody, but all the teams that are in the Grand-Am series are very good at what they do and they'll figure it out very quickly."

HOW LONG DOES IT GENERALLY TAKE SOMEONE TO LEARN THE TRACK? "I think a driver is going to take less than 10 laps, some sooner and some a little bit longer, as far as figuring it out. The only difference with a new track like that is that there hasn't been a lot that's run on it, so the grip of the track will just keep getting better and better. So it does make it very challenging when setting it up because you might unload and be very fast on a low-grip track, but then it could take the rubber very well and grip up more than you expect, then you'd have to make some pretty big changes. I think that, certainly by the end of the first test day or a couple of sessions, most all of the teams and drivers will have everything pretty close to figured out and probably be close to the kind of times that they'll be running for the rest of the weekend."

YOU GUYS HAVE FIVE TOP-10 FINISHES BUT ARE STILL LOOKING FOR YOUR FIRST PODIUM FINISH OF THE YEAR. "Well, I think we just have to unload and be pretty fast and hopefully be ahead of the game as far as everybody else on this track. I'm never really worried about us making improvements to the car that we unload with. Kevin [Doran] has a lot of experience and the team does a good job. We always seem to make the car better. But if you start with a better car right when you unload then you're going to end up with a better car than most people. So if we can get a car that's one of the faster cars out on the race track, like the car that we had a Watkins Glen or at some other tracks, and we get some good pit stops, a little bit of luck not running into anything and if I can get in the car and be somewhere around the top five, then for sure we've got a good opportunity to win or get on the podium. We've been super-consistent for the last part of the season. We've been very consistent, which, to me, is good. We had a bad day and finished seventh. We were disappointed in finishing seventh. I would have expected a podium to come sooner but we've got two more races left and you can only try hard and hopefully it works out."

-credit: ford racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Memo Gidley , Brad Jaeger