Watkins Glen II: Playboy Racing/Finlay preview

GIDLEY AND MCDOWELL LOOK TOWARDS THE PODIUM AT THE GLEN MOORESVILLE, NC (August 8, 2006) -- With eleven races in the record book, the Finlay Motorsports team have scored an impressive nine top-10 finishes thus far the season. The No. 19 ...

GIDLEY AND MCDOWELL LOOK TOWARDS THE PODIUM AT THE GLEN

MOORESVILLE, NC (August 8, 2006) -- With eleven races in the record book, the Finlay Motorsports team have scored an impressive nine top-10 finishes thus far the season. The No. 19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms Ford-Powered Daytona Prototype machine driven by Memo Gidley and Michael McDowell currently sits in fourth position in the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve team point standings, a mere 13 points from taking over the third spot currently held by the 01 machine. Probably one of the most consistent teams in the Daytona Prototype class, the team would like nothing more than to score their first win of the 2006 season Friday night on the 3.4-mile road course at Watkins Glen International Raceway.

"Watkins Glen is one of my favorite tracks," said Michael McDowell. "We had a pretty good run earlier this summer but we really need to step it up this week. The championship is still pretty close and we're closing in on the last three races of the season so now is the time to go for the gold."

The Crown Royal 200 at the Glen will mark the fourth race in three weeks for one of Grand American's young guns, Michael McDowell. Scoring a win in the Grand Am Cup Series at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 29 followed by a sixth place finish in the Daytona Prototype race on Sunday. McDowell and Rob Finlay then headed North to compete again in the Grand Am Cup Series where the duo scored another podium finish in Trois-Rivieres. With McDowell in Canada, Memo Gidley spent his weekend off racing his jet ski around Lake Norman.

Given Thursday's hectic schedule, with practice beginning at 11:00 a.m. and qualifying taking place that afternoon, the Mooresville, NC based team will need to be on their "A" game this week. "I am so excited for Watkins Glen," said Memo Gidley. I'm really a fan of high speed corners and the short track at the Glen definitely has a few of those. As for the speed of the car, we were really fast at the last Watkins Glen race and just got caught out with the rain and tire choices. Other than that the Playboy/Uniden prototype has been running really fast. A number of my family members, including my sister and her husband, the actor who played "Shooter McGavinn" in Happy Gilmore will be there cheering us on so I'm really looking forward to that."

-credit: finlay motorsports

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Memo Gidley , Michael McDowell , Rob Finlay