Mexico City: Finlay Motorsports No. 19 race report

Gidley and McDowell Score Top-10 Finish in Mexico City MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (March 4, 2006) -- Michael McDowell started the Mexico City 250 from the third position and quickly moved into second where he remained for the better portion of his 40...

Gidley and McDowell Score Top-10 Finish in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (March 4, 2006) -- Michael McDowell started the Mexico City 250 from the third position and quickly moved into second where he remained for the better portion of his 40 laps.

McDowell was forced to relinquish the second spot a bit early when he experienced severe blistering to his feet due to the heat from the foot box of the racecar. He entered into the pits and turned the driving duties over to his teammate Memo Gidley.

The crew of the number 19 machine quickly serviced the car and Gidley moved the car off pit row and back onto the racecourse. Gidley wasted no time moving the Playboy/Uniden/Palms sponsored machine back up through the field and was running fourth until an over anxious, Max Angelleli made contact with 20 laps remaining.

Gidley and Angelleli began their battle on the front straightaway and made contact a few times before Gidley was forced off the track. Gidley managed to save the car but fell back to the tenth position.

A few laps later, Grand American determined that the contact was avoidable and penalized the car driven by Max Angelleli allowing Gidley to move into the ninth position.

As the laps dwindled down, Gidley continued to battle back finishing in a respectable eighth place. The Mooresville, North Carolina based team will next compete in the Linder Industrial Komatsu Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 23-25.

Michael McDowell -- "That was really frustrating. The car was running pretty good and I was doing everything I could to continue to drive but my feet were blistering, so we were forced to pit a little earlier than planned. We'll just have to get things figured out and move on to the next one."

Memo Gidley -- "That was a bit of a struggle out there today. We had a heat problem with the foot box of the racecar and Michael and my feet are pretty blistered. But we managed to get through it and came away with some points."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Memo Gidley , Michael McDowell