Watkins Glen: Playboy Racing/Finlay Friday report

MEMO GIDLEY REUNITES WITH TEAMMATE MICHAEL MCDOWELL AND STARTS 2nd FOR THE SAHLEN'S SIX HOURS OF THE GLEN WATKINS GLEN (June 2, 2006) -- Memo Gidley, who was injured while practicing for the Grand Am Rolex Series event in Long Beach, has...

MEMO GIDLEY REUNITES WITH TEAMMATE MICHAEL MCDOWELL AND STARTS 2nd FOR THE SAHLEN'S SIX HOURS OF THE GLEN

WATKINS GLEN (June 2, 2006) -- Memo Gidley, who was injured while practicing for the Grand Am Rolex Series event in Long Beach, has anxiously been awaiting his return to the cockpit of the No.19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms Ford- powered Crawford Daytona Prototype machine. The waiting period was unfortunately extended by one day when Gidley and his teammate Michael McDowell were told that day one of practice for this weekend's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen was canceled.

The reason was a conflict between the Indy Racing League and Watkins Glen International regarding the age restrictions of the competitors. The conflict was resolved when Krohn Racing elected to withdraw their young shoe from the team's entry allowing for the racing to resume.

Due to the shortening of the schedule of events for this weekend's racing activities, Grand Am elected to cancel today's qualifying session and set the grid for tomorrow's running of the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen according to the current team point standings.

That being said, the driving duo of Memo Gidley and Michael McDowell will start the 6-hour contest from the second position. Round 8 of the scheduled 14-race Grand American Series is slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 3rd and run well into the evening.

Driver Quotes:

Memo Gidley "Well having a two month lay off is the shortest I've ever had in racing," explained Memo Gidley. "I'm used to eight months off with no testing and then jumping into a race car, I've done that several times before. The Playboy/Uniden car is working good; it really came alive after the first session. It's an awesome car to drive and I can't wait for the race."

Michael McDowell "The car is good," said Michael McDowell. "We spent the session working on race trim since the qualifying session was canceled. I feel good about the tire life and the car for the long run tomorrow."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Memo Gidley , Michael McDowell
Teams Krohn Racing