Mid-Ohio: Playboy Racing/Finlay race report

THROTTLE CABLE FOILS MEMO GIDLEY AND MICHAEL MCDOWELL'S DAY AT MID-OHIO LEXINGTON, OHIO (June 24, 2006) -- The No.19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms Ford- powered Daytona Prototype qualified seventh for the EMCO Gears Classic but started from the fourth ...

THROTTLE CABLE FOILS MEMO GIDLEY AND MICHAEL MCDOWELL'S DAY AT MID-OHIO

LEXINGTON, OHIO (June 24, 2006) -- The No.19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms Ford- powered Daytona Prototype qualified seventh for the EMCO Gears Classic but started from the fourth position after several cars failed technical inspection.

Memo Gidley took the green flag and continued to run towards the front until experiencing a problem with the throttle. During the first full course yellow, the Mooresville, NC -- based team took advantage of the opportunity and brought the No. 19 machine into the pits and began to diagnose the problem. Attempting to stay on the lead lap the crew kept a watchful eye on the leaders while working on the popular black and orange machine.

Unfortunately after several pit stops the team was forced to take the car back to the garage area and change a throttle cable. Michael McDowell slid behind the wheel and brought the Playboy/Uniden/Palms sponsored machine back onto the circuit. Knowing the importance of the championship points, McDowell continued lapping the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course finishing the event in the 39th position. The Finlay Motorsports team will next compete at the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway next Thursday, June 29.

Driver Quotes:

Memo Gidley -- "Unfortunately we had a mechanical problem with the throttle hanging up. The car was pretty good from the time we unloaded it, we made some changes throughout the weekend and I'm sure we could have challenged for the win."

Michael McDowell -- "The car had a good balance in the race but unfortunately we had mechanical throttle gremlins. The 19 car guys did a great job getting us back on the track. Today's race definitely didn't help our points so we're just going to have to spend the next several races chasing down the 76."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Memo Gidley , Michael McDowell