Gidley to debut at Sears Point with Rocketsports Racing

Open wheel specialist Memo Gidley is back, this time in Trans-Am East Lansing, Mich. - Open wheel racing specialist Memo Gidley will make his Trans-Am Series debut with Rocketsports Racing driving the No. 3 Jaguar R Performance XKR in the...

Open wheel specialist Memo Gidley is back, this time in Trans-Am

East Lansing, Mich. - Open wheel racing specialist Memo Gidley will make his Trans-Am Series debut with Rocketsports Racing driving the No. 3 Jaguar R Performance XKR in the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup race during Infineon Raceway's Winston Cup weekend June 20-22.

From 1993 to 1998, Gidley won in every type of car he raced. With three Formula 2000 and five Toyota Atlantic wins, Gidley was making a name for himself. After two seasons finishing second and third in the Toyota Atlantics Championship, Gidley drove for veteran Champ Car owners Derek Walker and Dale Coyne in 1999. Gidley scored points in only his second race en route to second place in the Rookie of The Year battle while competing in only half the races.

Gidley, who got his start in racing on the local BMX dirt track, is a native of near by San Rafael, California. "Racing at Infineon Raceway will be great because it's less than ten minutes from where I live and grew up," said Gidley, who is making his sedan racing debut. "It's also where I made a name for myself in racing karts, so many of my friends who have never seen me drive will be at this race.

"I am very excited to be driving with Rocketsports, which is one of the best teams in the business," said Gidley, who has 38 career starts in the Champ Car Series. "I like the Trans-Am Series cars because they look and sound cool, especially a V-8 powered Jaguar.

"I have seen these cars race a lot this year, and the Trans-Am Series is nothing but close racing excitement," continued Gidley, who won the Players Challenge for the Toyota Atlantics Championship in 1997, an award given to the driver that scored the most points in the four Canadian races.

"It would be great to turn this into an opportunity to race the Rocketsports Jaguar XKR in more Trans-Am Series races down the road. Plus now that I have fenders, who knows what kind of excitement you will see."

"We look forward to having Memo drive with us at Infineon. He's got a great reputation as a fierce competitor," said Rocketsports Racing owner Paul Gentilozzi, himself a three-time Trans-Am Series champion. "He'll face a lot of competition from veteran road racers and the great crop of rookies we have this year."

Gidley's red No. 3 Jaguar XKR will be sponsored by ACE Hardware stores.

"Not only am I local, but so are the ACE Hardware stores that are sponsoring my effort to win this race," added Gidley, whose sponsor has never before in their 105-year history been involved in motorsports sponsorship. "It's great to introduce a great company like ACE into the motosports sponsorship arena. I only hope I can make ACE an even bigger household name."

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Memo Gidley , Paul Gentilozzi , Dale Coyne