Homestead: Finlay Motorsports No. 19 race report

MEMO GIDLEY AND MICHAEL MCDOWELL FINISH FOURTH AT HOMESTEAD HOMESTEAD, Florida (March 25, 2006) -- As the season gets under way and the Championship battle heats up, Michael McDowell and Memo Gidley prepared for the start of the Homestead Miami...

MEMO GIDLEY AND MICHAEL MCDOWELL FINISH FOURTH AT HOMESTEAD

HOMESTEAD, Florida (March 25, 2006) -- As the season gets under way and the Championship battle heats up, Michael McDowell and Memo Gidley prepared for the start of the Homestead Miami Grand Prix.

The car turned extremely competitive lap times during the morning session, finishing with the fourth quickest time. McDowell, anticipating the drop of the green flag pulled the car three a breast down the front straight heading into turn one. With 43 race laps completed and the team's first pit stop finished, McDowell continued to run just out of the top- five.

"The No. 19 machine ran great tonight," said McDowell. My stint went well but we just didn't have quite what it took to catch the Porsche. We just didn't get the breaks we needed at the end but hopefully we're leading the points." When Memo Gidley slid behind the wheel for his stint, he powered the car into the second position where he ran for several laps.

"We're really close," stated Gidley. "We've been working on our package for the last several weeks and I think we're just about there. I really think we've got what it takes to be competitive at every race; it's just a matter of time. There's plenty of races left to win one and that's what we plan on doing -- Winning!"

The Playboy/Uniden/Palms/Vonage Ford-powered Crawford finished 4th, while continuing to earn the valuable points needed to chip away at the Championship.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Memo Gidley , Michael McDowell