CHAMPCAR/CART: Gidley confident despite Gateway qualifying

American driver Memo Gidley qualified 20th today at Gateway, but heads into tomorrow's race feeling confident in his race car and his Red Menace crew, who will be sporting brand-new pit helmets featuring Gidley's signature centerline bar of...

American driver Memo Gidley qualified 20th today at Gateway, but heads into tomorrow's race feeling confident in his race car and his Red Menace crew, who will be sporting brand-new pit helmets featuring Gidley's signature centerline bar of gold stars. On a day that saw four of the top-six points leaders qualifying out of the top-ten, Gidley's best lap of 26.146 seconds was only a half-second slower than Cristiano daMatta's tenth place effort.

According to Gidley, "this car is probably better than any of the cars I've had on an oval at this point in the weekend with the Della Penna team. We unloaded on Friday in cool weather and the car was really fast, and I thought we had something special. Then we came back in the warmer afternoon session and were quite a bit slower. We've learned a lot but have been scratching our heads a lot too. The car's pretty reasonable at this point, and if we can get a little bit more understeer out of the car it will be quite good. I'm excited for a longer race that should provide plenty of opportunities to pass some people on restarts and pit stops."

Gidley described the his transition back oval racing after four consecutive road and street course events. "Down the straights the increased speed is not such a big deal, but if you get the car working right, carrying that speed through the turns is a lot of fun.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Memo Gidley , Cristiano da Matta