CHAMPCAR/CART: Memo replaces Minassian in Portland

PORTLAND, OR. -- Target Chip Ganassi Racing announced today that Memo Gidley will replace Nicolas Minassian in the cockpit of the No. 12 Target Toyota/Lola this weekend at the Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 in Portland, Ore. Gidley has appeared in...

PORTLAND, OR. -- Target Chip Ganassi Racing announced today that Memo Gidley will replace Nicolas Minassian in the cockpit of the No. 12 Target Toyota/Lola this weekend at the Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 in Portland, Ore. Gidley has appeared in 22 CART FedEx Series events over the past two years with his career-best 6th-place finish coming at Road America in 2000 while driving for Della Penna Motorsports. The 30 year-old American is excited about the opportunity to drive for the 2000 Indy 500 and four-time CART champions.

"Every day for the past two years I have prepared for an opportunity to race for a team like Target Chip Ganassi Racing," Gidley said. "I can't thank Chip enough for giving me this chance to show what I can do on the track. I have been looking for a ride since the start of the season, and I have had some interest from some other teams but nothing had materialized until now. This is a first-class organization with a tradition of winning. When I got the call this morning, I can't tell you how excited I was. Now I need to focus on the job at hand - to win a race for this team. This is a dream come true for me."

Team owner Chip Ganassi feels that Gidley will give his team a chance to win immediately.

"Memo has shown in the past that he can be competitive, given the right equipment," Ganassi said. "Our team is always working to improve itself. We feel that this move is the best way to accomplish that. Our goal remains the same: to win races and championships. Memo has experience in Champ Cars, and we expect him to be competing for a win this weekend in Portland."

-Team Target Ganassi

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Nicolas Minassian , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing