CHAMPCAR/CART: Memo Gidley Express Rolls onward to Motegi Japan

American driver Memo Gidley will make his Asian debut on May 13th at the Firestone Firehawk 500 in Motegi Japan. The event will be Gidley's third consecutive race in the ...

American driver Memo Gidley will make his Asian debut on May 13th at the Firestone Firehawk 500 in Motegi Japan. The event will be Gidley's third consecutive race in the #32 Players Ford-Reynard-Firestone substituting for injured driver Patrick Carpentier, who is still recovering from a broken wrist.

Gidley enjoyed excellent results with the Players team in April. He qualified tenth at Long Beach, leading the thirty-fourth lap of the race before retiring with a fuel-pickup problem. In his first career CART event on an oval last weekend at the Rio 200, Gidley qualified eleventh and finished eighth, his best career finish in CART.

Gidley is thrilled about making his first visit to Japan. "I have a cousin who lives over there, and my first experience in Champcars was working with engineers from Honda, many of whom are Japanese. They were super to work with. The Japanese people that I know are very nice, very honorable, real people who are easy to walk up and talk to. So I'm very interested to learn more about their culture and get to know the Japanese fans, who are very knowledgeable about Champcar racing."

Immediately after the Firehawk 500 on May 13th, Gidley will return to Indianapolis to begin practice for his Indy 500 qualification effort. "It's shaping up to be an almost perfect week of racing for me," Gidley enthuses. "I'll be in a racecar five days out of seven, and my ideal is seven out of seven. The only days I won't be driving will be when I'm in transit."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Memo Gidley , Patrick Carpentier