CHAMPCAR/CART: Gidley joins Rocketsports for Toronto

A Sort of Homecoming-- Gidley Returns to the Champ Car World Series in Toronto TORONTO, Ont. (July 10, 2004) - Seasoned Champ Car driver, Memo Gidley returns to the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered By Ford. A favorite...

A Sort of Homecoming--
Gidley Returns to the Champ Car World Series in Toronto

TORONTO, Ont. (July 10, 2004) - Seasoned Champ Car driver, Memo Gidley returns to the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered By Ford. A favorite among Champ Car fans, Gidley will pilot the No. 17 LeasePlan Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola for Rocketsports racing this weekend at the 19th annual Molson Indy Toronto.

Gidley joined the Rocketsports crew late Friday to fit a seat and prepare the No. 17 Rocketsports Lola for the Saturday qualifying session and his 37th Champ Car start on Sunday in Toronto. The 33 year-old Californian native was born in La Paz, Mexico, but has a certain affinity to Canada, as his father is from Duncan, British Columbia.

Gidley is fit, motivated and most importantly, experienced both with Champ Cars and the Toronto circuit. Since his last Champ Car start in 2001, Gidley has been busy competing in Ford touring cars for the Air Force Reserve, karting and ironically, Trans-Am Series racing for Rocketsports. Gidley raced the No. 3 Rocketsports Jaguar R Performance XKR (Gentilozzi's car) at Infineon Raceway in 2003, and finished fourth.

Words from Gidley

"I'm prepared physically and mentally to step in and drive for Rocketsports. I've been doing a lot of karting and the Ford touring cars. Between working out and karting, I'm ready and focused on driving the Champ Car this weekend.

"Some drivers would be reluctant to step in on such short notice, especially having missed a qualifying day, but I have enough self-confidence to jump into the seat and do my best. I'm up for the challenge and I've done it before -- that's why I'm here.

"This is the sixth different team I've stepped in for. I've crossed paths with a number of guys on the team like Phil Howard, Robin Hill, Randy Gibson and Jason Robb. That's a boost to getting settled into the team quickly. It's difficult to jump into a car and people don't see the stress involved in getting ready so last-minute, but I love to race and can handle it. I'm realistic about my expectations, but plan to compete and look forward to it.

"I know Paul (Gentilozzi) through Trans-Am and I got to work with the Rocketsports (Trans-Am) team to get a feel for how Rocketsports operates. I like Paul's style. He's direct and upfront, just as I am, and I appreciate that. We see eye to eye on things and can work together. He's passionate about racing and that's evident in his team too. I like the fact that I've been involved with a variety of racing series, just as Gentilozzi and Rocketsports is all about racing. We both love to compete and I expect this will be a good weekend with a strong competitive team."

-rsr-

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