Memo Gidley Thunderhill 25H summary

ACCIDENT TAKES AWAY MUSCLE MILK DOMINATION It looked so promising but to quote those famous words, "It's not over until it's over." The Team Muscle Milk Daytona Prototype suffered an accident that took the dominating ...

ACCIDENT TAKES AWAY MUSCLE MILK DOMINATION

It looked so promising but to quote those famous words, "It's not over until it's over." The Team Muscle Milk Daytona Prototype suffered an accident that took the dominating #06 out of contention of this year's 25 Hours of ThunderHill this past weekend. It started as a perfect weekend for the Muscle Milk team by being fastest in practice and sitting on pole for the start of the 70 car field on Sunday.

"The Muscle Milk car was fast and consistent," said Gidley. "Because of the number of slower cars that we would be racing and the huge differences in speed, we worked on having a car that could be easily driven anywhere and everywhere on the track to make passes."

The team did have one early hiccup Sunday morning as a last minute repair meant that the #06 would not make the grid on time and would have to start from pit lane, and in last place. However, team owner and Muscle Milk driver, Greg Pickett, quickly worked his way past the entire field and had put the car in first place when he handed the car off to his son Mike. And in only his second car race ever, Mike held that advantage and had a perfect stint.

As the day progressed the team continued to stretch its advantage as things seemed to be going flawlessly. After five hours the Muscle Milk car had stretched its lead to a dominating 10 lap advantage. "Everybody on the team was doing a good job," said Gidley. "Even though we had a really fast car, it was still really tricky to steer clear of contact with slower and sometimes very unpredictable cars that we were passing."

The race was then red-flagged and stopped at 6:30 PM due to extreme fog that took the visibility down to nothing. After approximately a ten hour delay, the race resumed at five o'clock Sunday morning. Shortly after the restart, Team Muscle Milk driver Klaus Graf and another competitor made contact that left the Muscle Milk car too damaged to fix and the team retired.

"It was really a shame that we had that incident," said Gidley. "We were really in cruise mode and the car was working well. But in a race like this with so many cars anything can happen, and I'm sure the incident could have happened to any of us. However, I really had a great time driving the car and being around everybody at Team Muscle Milk. I can't wait to try this race again next year!"

-credit: www.memogidley.com

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Series Road racing
Drivers Klaus Graf , Memo Gidley , Greg Pickett