Watkins Glen: Memo Gidley race report

SUCCESS IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY Memo Gidley and Guy Cosmo Score a Top-10 Finish in Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours at the Glen. Watkins Glen, NY (June 9, 2007) -- Co-drivers Memo Gidley and Guy Cosmo persevered in the face of adversity -- a lot...

SUCCESS IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY
Memo Gidley and Guy Cosmo Score a Top-10 Finish in Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours at the Glen.

Watkins Glen, NY (June 9, 2007) -- Co-drivers Memo Gidley and Guy Cosmo persevered in the face of adversity -- a lot of adversity, including running the final half hour of the race with only 9 psi of air in the right front tire -- to bring the # 77 Feeds the Need/Doran Racing Kodak DORAN JE4 Ford home in 10th place at Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen.

"We went through a lot this weekend, but the Doran team kept working and we were able to achieve a good result. We had to start at the back of the pack and work our way toward the front several times," says Gidley. "I want to dedicate this result to my good friend Earl Ma and his family. This was a weekend about fighting to the end despite adversity, and Earl did just that."

Difficulties for the Doran team began early in practice with shifter problems that kept the car off-track except for one session on Friday afternoon. During qualifying, a loose wire on the fuel pump limited Gidley to half a lap before pitting, and the team was disqualified when a mechanic reached in to re-attach the wire. Working on the car during qualifying is prohibited by the rules.

Gidley started the race 17th and stayed out during the first yellow flag in the early going, moving up to 4th place. At the restart Gidley made a bold to pass the #19 Ganassi Racing car on the outside entering turn 1. Shortly after that another yellow and the Doran racing team pitted and rejoined in 6th place. A strong 6th place run was cut short by a cut tire and an engine misfire bringing the #77 Doran Racing prototype back to the pits for service.

The team executed a driver change at this point, putting Cosmo in the car. Electrical problems continued to prove a challenge although Cosmo was able to bring the car in and have Gidley re-join the race in 8th place for the final half-hour.

At the final re-start, Gidley noticed the car had developed a dramatic understeer. Unknown to him, a leaky front rim had dropped the right front tire pressure to 9 psi, so low that the car was bottoming at top speed and he had to back off the gas in order to make it through the turns.

"Even with all that, we were able to stay in touch with the pack of four cars ahead of us, and we kept a lot of front running cars behind us. Without that flat tire at the end, I'm sure I would have brought the Doran Racing car home in the top 5," says Gidley. "I appreciate the guys on the team for not giving up when it seemed like we were riddled with problems all weekend, and my co-driver Guy Cosmo for doing a great job as usual."

The next event on the 2007 Grand-Am schedule is the EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 22 - 23. For more information, visit Grand-Am.com.

-credit: www.memogidley.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Memo Gidley , Guy Cosmo
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Doran Racing