GIDLEY AND MCDOWELL FINISH SIXTH AT SAHLEN'S SIX HOURS OF THE GLEN WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 4, 2006) -- The Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen took place yesterday and the No.19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms/Vonage Ford-powered Crawford Daytona Prototype...
GIDLEY AND MCDOWELL FINISH SIXTH AT SAHLEN'S SIX HOURS OF THE GLEN
WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 4, 2006) -- The Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen took place yesterday and the No.19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms/Vonage Ford-powered Crawford Daytona Prototype machine driven by Memo Gidley and Michael McDowell started the event from the second position. The young driving talent, Michael McDowell started the race and ran in the top-five for the majority of his first stint before handing the driving duties over to the veteran Memo Gidley.
Gidley climbed behind the wheel of the black and orange machine for the first time in race competition since the Long Beach event. (Gidley received injuries to his back while practicing in the morning warm-up for that event and was forced to sit out for the last three Grand American Rolex Series events.) Gidley's return to the cockpit was a successful one as he quickly returned to the front of the grid while battling the treacherous race conditions.
"We got a little out of sequence on our pit stop strategy," said Memo Gidley. "Every time we needed to be on wets (tires) we were on dries and every time we were on dries we needed to be on wets. It was a little frustrating but the Playboy/Uniden car still ran towards the top of the charts this weekend and picked up a few more championship points. We just need to keep the momentum going and win some races."
Gidley's teammate, Michael McDowell stepped back into the cockpit and was able to hold his position bringing the Playboy/Uniden/Plams/Vonage- sponsored machine home to a sixth place finish.
"That was pretty wild out there," said Michael McDowell. "I just wish if it was going to rain than it would just rain and not do what it did today. For the most part the car ran pretty well and the team did a great job with the pit stops."
The Mooresville, NC -- based team will enjoy a two week lull in the action before returning to competition at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on the weekend of June 24th.