Gidley and Team Muscle Milk Race To 25 Hours! Team Cytosport extreme athlete and Grand-Am Daytona prototype star Memo Gidley and Team Muscle Milk are getting set for another one of a kind extreme racing challenge this weekend in the 6th annual...
Gidley and Team Muscle Milk Race To 25 Hours!
Team Cytosport extreme athlete and Grand-Am Daytona prototype star Memo Gidley and Team Muscle Milk are getting set for another one of a kind extreme racing challenge this weekend in the 6th annual NASA ThunderHill Raceway Park 25 Hour Race. Tabbed as the longest car race in the United States at 25 hours, this race brings out a myriad of cars and drivers of all classes and disciplines in a "run what you brung" format.
And bring them they do as the track will see everything from Mazda Miatas to the full blown Muscle Milk Daytona Prototype car circulating throughout the day and night at this 3-mile race track. Memo is teamed up with long time sponsor, friend and Trans-Am legend Greg Pickett, and his son Mike Pickett. "I am so excited to be back racing this 25 Hour race with Greg and now his son Mike," said Gidley. "The entire Pickett family and the Cytosport organization is just a really fun group to be around and they have been big supporters of mine for a number of years."
Greg and Memo did team up a few years back with Sam Stolwell Racing and raced the team's 1995 Chevrolet Camaro. "The last time I raced this race was a few years back with Greg in a yellow Camaro with purple flames!" said Gidley. "We qualified 7th and were running good until transmission problems. The image that sticks out in my mind is it being very cold during the night - around 20 degrees - but Greg and I were having so much fun we were high-fiving each other every time we did a driver change!"
Other drivers sharing duties in the Muscle Milk car are Klaus Graf, Tom Dyer and Dave Smith. "I worked with Klaus when we teamed up with Greg and we finished on the podium in last year Petit LeMans driving the Muscle Milk LMP1 car," said Gidley. "And Tom I have been friends for many years and Dave I know from being around Infineon raceway. We are all friends which will be fun."
As far as race strategy the team plans to have a patiently aggressive attitude. This year's race is expected to see a field of over 70 cars. "At a race like this with so many different types of cars, being patient and really giving other drivers the benefit of the doubt are key to a good race," said Gidley. "But on the other hand, you can't just sit back like you're on a Sunday drive - we are still here to race hard and to be as fast as possible."
Gidley, a Cytosport race extremist, is known to race anything, anywhere, anytime. In the last two months he has competed in Jet Ski, Go-Kart, and now the 25 Hour race this weekend. "Most professional racers use the off season to take a break," said Gidley. "But for me, it just means I am able to race things that I don't have the time to race during the car season! I try to pass it all off as training, but really I just like to compete and win in anything!"
This 25 Hour race does come less than two months before Memo and the Doran Racing team plan to race in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona at the end of January. "This race does come at a good time for me with the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Race coming up," said Gidley. "It is good to get a warm up for not only the long and grueling driving, but also the effects of having not much sleep, irregular eating schedules and so forth. It's really amazing all the things that your body has to go through to race in a long race. Luckily, I do have Muscle Milk on my side to get me through it - and I do drink a lot of it!"