MEMO GIDLEY's RECOVERY BEGINS MOORESVILLE, NC (April 12, 2006) - Memo Gidley, driver of the No.19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms Ford-powered Crawford Daytona Prototype will not compete at Virginia International Raceway on April 23 due to an ...
MEMO GIDLEY's RECOVERY BEGINS
MOORESVILLE, NC (April 12, 2006) - Memo Gidley, driver of the No.19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms Ford-powered Crawford Daytona Prototype will not compete at Virginia International Raceway on April 23 due to an injury sustained in the morning warm-up for last weekend's running of the Crown Royal Grand American Challenge of Long Beach.
Gidley was injured April 8 in a single-car accident when a mechanical failure on the No.19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms Daytona Prototype occurred entering Turn 1 on the famed Long Beach street circuit as he prepared for the 90-minute event.
Gidley hit the barriers at over 140 mph and sustained injuries to his lower back as a result. Memo was taken to St. Mary's Hospital where he was released before the start of the race, and then flown to Indianapolis, IN on Monday to be further evaluated by Doctor Terry Trammell at Ortho Indy.
"It was a big hit and unfortunate because I figured we had a great chance to get the Playboy/Uniden/ Palms Ford powered Daytona Prototype into victory lane at Long Beach," said Gidley. "An injury is no fun but considering the speed of impact, I am thankful that my injuries were limited to what I have. I'm sure this is not only because the cars are structurally very strong, but also because my physical fitness helped in protecting me."
Memo is a known fitness extremist and credits this for helping him. "I spend long hours each day in the gym punishing my muscles and pushing myself to be in top physical shape to not only drive at this level, but also to protect myself in the unfortunate incident of a crash. I love to race and I understand the dangers. I am always willing to take the good with the bad and know that crashing is a part of racing and I am not afraid of that." said Gidley.
Doctor Trammell checked over Gidley and had him fitted to wear a back brace for the next two weeks. Gidley is expected to make a full recovery in approximately two months. Gidley was then flown from Indiana to Charlotte on Wednesday and was back in the team's shop supporting them as they get ready for the upcoming race in Virginia in just over one week.
"I love driving this Ford prototype and my immediate plans are to get myself back in the race car as quickly as possible and keep pushing towards the team and manufacturer championship," said Gidley. "I have the guidance of Dr. Terry Trammell, the team at Pit Fit rehabilitation and my own desire to make this happen quickly and I'll get it done."
Since his accident, the ultra popular prototype driver has been bombarded with support. "My friends, family, fans and my team have shown me so much support and that's been really cool," said Gidley. "Also I guess the other benefit is that I've been told because of the impact I will be ¼" shorter.not a bad thing for a race car driver because it will lower my center of gravity!"