Daytona II: Playboy Racing/Finlay preview

MEMO GIDLEY AND MICHAEL MCDOWELL HOPE TO MAKE UP SOME GROUND AT DAYTONA MOORESVILLE, NC (June 26, 2006) Most people visit Daytona Beach, Florida on vacation but the crew of the No.19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms Daytona Prototype machine have other ...

MEMO GIDLEY AND MICHAEL MCDOWELL HOPE TO MAKE UP SOME GROUND AT DAYTONA

MOORESVILLE, NC (June 26, 2006) Most people visit Daytona Beach, Florida on vacation but the crew of the No.19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms Daytona Prototype machine have other plans. Memo Gidley and Michael McDowell are in the hunt for the team points lead for the Rolex Sports Car Series and need to make up some ground at Thursday's running of the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

The Mooresville, NC based team who just competed Saturday in the EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course experienced a bit of bad luck during the 250-mile event. The team started the event from the fourth position and the popular orange and black machine was running strong until Gidley was forced to return to the garage with a broken throttle cable. Although the team was able to change the cable and return to race competition they lost a few positions in the championship battle. With their work cut out for them and a very challenging schedule at Daytona the Finlay Motorsports team is ready for action.

"Daytona is going to be interesting," said Michael McDowell. "Just because you were fast earlier in the year at Daytona doesn't mean you will be fast again. The shortened race weekend is going to be a real engineering exercise. The teams have been improving the cars throughout the season and what you had in January isn't going to be enough this time around."

Practice for the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 29 with qualifying taking place at 12:40 p.m. The green flag for the 250-mile/77-lap/2 - hour time limit race will drop at 7:00 p.m.

"I'm looking forward to the race at Daytona," said Memo Gidley. "At the 24 hour race we had one of the fastest cars on the track and if it wasn't for a few minor incidents that put us behind we had a good chance of winning."

This will be the first of two Grand American Rolex Series races this season run in conjunction with the NASCAR series and will be televised live on the Speed Channel.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Memo Gidley , Michael McDowell