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MEMO GIDLEY AND GUY COSMO SET TO TAKE ON INFINEON RACEWAY MOORESVILLE, NC (August 22, 2006) -- With just two races remaining in the 2006 Grand American Rolex Series Presented By Crown Royal Special Reserve season, the crew of the black and...

MEMO GIDLEY AND GUY COSMO SET TO TAKE ON INFINEON RACEWAY

MOORESVILLE, NC (August 22, 2006) -- With just two races remaining in the 2006 Grand American Rolex Series Presented By Crown Royal Special Reserve season, the crew of the black and orange Playboy/Uniden - sponsored Daytona Prototype are still searching for their first race victory of the season. The Finlay Motorsports team currently sits 5th in the Grand American Team Point Standings just a few points behind the 23 car fielded by Alex Job Racing. With the team's regular shoe, Michael McDowell, sitting this race out because of a schedule conflict the Finlay Motorsports team once again turned to their super sub Guy Cosmo.

Cosmo who filled in for Memo Gidley earlier this season, when Gidley injured his back during the morning warm up for the Long Beach event, welcomes the opportunity to race with the popular veteran. "I'm really looking forward to pairing up with Memo Gidley for the Infineon race," said the personable Guy Cosmo. "Infineon is a track I know well and have won at in the past. It's very demanding on many levels and really separates the men from the boys. Having filled in for Memo earlier this season I'm glad we'll finally have the chance to drive together. I led a number of laps at Watkins Glen - now I'm looking for a win!"

The No. 19 Daytona Prototype is credited with nine top-10 finishes thus far and the Mooresville, NC - based team would like nothing more then to finish on the podium this weekend. Memo Gidley will be racing in front of his hometown crowd as well as numerous family members and friends so picking up the team's first win of the season at Infineon Raceway will be extra special for this California kid.

"I'm really looking forward to racing at my home track," said Memo Gidley. "From a driving standpoint it's a great track made very unique by its awesome elevation changes and blind corners. Timing and car placement around Infineon are crucial to being fast and that makes it really challenging as a driver to nail perfect laps. The other part that is great about Infineon Raceway is that I live less than ten minutes from the circuit. Not only do I get to sleep in my own bed but a local race means that all my friends and family will get a chance to come out and see me race. For most of them, this will be the first time they have seen me race the Playboy/Uniden Daytona Prototype in person so they are really excited. I'm thrilled that the Grand American Series added this track to our schedule and I'm excited to have this opportunity to drive with Guy Cosmo, he's done a great job for our team and hopefully we'll end up on the podium Saturday."

-credit: finlaymotorsports.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Memo Gidley , Guy Cosmo , Michael McDowell , Alex Job