GIDLEY AND MCDOWELL HEAD SOUTH OF THE BORDER TO DEFEND MEXICO CITY VICTORY MOORESVILLE, NC (February 27, 2006) - With the Grand American season opener, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, behind them the duo of Jose Guillermo "Memo" Gidley and Michael ...
GIDLEY AND MCDOWELL HEAD SOUTH OF THE BORDER TO DEFEND MEXICO CITY VICTORY
MOORESVILLE, NC (February 27, 2006) - With the Grand American season opener, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, behind them the duo of Jose Guillermo "Memo" Gidley and Michael McDowell look forward to their team's return to Mexico City.
In the series inaugural trip south of the border, Gidley and McDowell qualified on the pole and took the lead for the final time on lap 74 holding off a closing-laps charge by Max Angelelli to score the team's first victory. Gidley, who was actually born in La Paz, Mexico and whose family called Mexico their home for thirteen years, can't wait to return to the famed Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez facility.
"Racing and winning in Mexico City last year was a dream come true for me," stated Gidley. "I am very proud of my background of being both a citizen of the United States and Mexico and I have a tremendous amount of fans and friends in both countries. So for me, to be going back again to race in Mexico is like coming home to my other family. It's also a great opportunity for the #19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms Daytona Prototype to score another victory on the awesome Autrodromo Hermanos Rodriguez race track. I can't wait for the race and to see my friends."
McDowell, who competed in both the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series and the Champ Car World Series in Mexico City last year, likes his team's chances of repeating their podium finish. "Our goal obviously is to make it two for two in Mexico City," said McDowell. "We won there last year and with our new package (Ford-powered Crawford)I feel that we should be even more competitive."