CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Rocketsports, Memo Gidley preview

Gidley to Molson Indy Vancouver for Rocketsports Racing VANCOUVER, BC (July 22, 2004) - Rocketsports Racing welcomes Memo Gidley back to the team for the Molson Indy Vancouver set for Sunday, July 25, 2004. Gidley first drove the No.17 ...

Gidley to Molson Indy Vancouver for Rocketsports Racing

VANCOUVER, BC (July 22, 2004) - Rocketsports Racing welcomes Memo Gidley back to the team for the Molson Indy Vancouver set for Sunday, July 25, 2004. Gidley first drove the No.17 Rocketsports Champ Car in the Toronto Indy, and made a favorable impression on the second year organization, with his demeanor, feedback and performance. With overwhelming support from Champ Car fans, Gidley will make his fourth Vancouver start in the No.17 Rocketsports Air Force Reserve Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone.

"My first race with Rocketsports in Toronto was new and fun, but a bit of a whirlwind. Another weekend with Rocketsports will be equally exciting, but with more preparation and time, I'll have the opportunity to develop a working relationship with the team. We'll have the chance to be more competitive and produce better results in the No. 17 Air Force Reserve car.

"I've driven the Molson Indy Vancouver three times before and it's an awesome track because it's long with lots of slow and high-speed corners - even a 140 mile corner, which is unheard of in a street course. The passing and chicanes make it exciting to drive and watch. Vancouver's also a great venue because the people are real race fans and make the event," stated Gidley, whose father is from Duncan, British Columbia.

Demonstrating his dedication to racing, Gidley will step out of the No. 17 Rocketsports Lola following Champ Car qualifying in Vancouver at 2:45 PM on Saturday, and hop into a jet helicopter to fly 270 miles south to Portland International Raceway. There, he'll strap into the No. 48 Air Force Reserve Ford Focus for the 4:15 PM start of the Speed World Challenge Touring Car race, as part of the American Le Mans weekend.

"I was thrilled to get another call from Rocketsports and the opportunity to drive for them in Vancouver. I'm appreciative of Rocketsports for being so accommodating, allowing me to fulfill my commitment in the No. 48 Air Force Reserve Ford Focus Touring Car at the Speed World Challenge in Portland on Saturday afternoon," said Gidley. "I love racing and will do it as much as possible - even on the same weekend.

"I'd be happy to race 24/7, 365 days a year if I could," Gidley added. "Pulling double-duty with two events on the same weekend will be a challenge, but it's an outstanding opportunity. I'm excited to build relationships with two fine teams and series, and race a Ford-powered Champ Car and a Ford Focus Touring Car in the same day."

"Champ Cars are awesome, fun cars to drive, and the fan support to keep me in a Champ Car has been most impressive, especially in the weeks since the Toronto Indy. The Champ Car World Series has some of the most committed individuals in the motorsport industry, and it's been great to be welcomed back by drivers, team members and fans."

Gidley will test the No. 48 Air Force Reserve Ford Focus in Portland on Thursday afternoon, then head to Vancouver, ready for Champ Car practice Friday morning. "Attempting to drive two different cars, in two different cities, nearly three hundred miles apart should be interesting and a lot of fun," said Gidley. "I'm grateful to Paul Gentilozzi and Maj. Greg Pachman for the chance to pull-off this different kind of double".

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Memo Gidley , Paul Gentilozzi