CHAMPCAR/CART: Laguna Seca frustrating for Gidely, Della Penna

September 10, 2000, Laguna Seca Raceway: American driver Memo Gidley finished 19th after starting in last place at Laguna Seca today, paying a heavy price for being unable to participate in CART's open test here last month. The race offered...

September 10, 2000, Laguna Seca Raceway: American driver Memo Gidley finished 19th after starting in last place at Laguna Seca today, paying a heavy price for being unable to participate in CART's open test here last month. The race offered few opportunities for creative pit strategy, and featured little overtaking throughout the field.

Owner Della Penna wished he could have played pit strategy a bit differently, even though finishing in the points was out of the question. "We messed up by bringing Memo in a lap early on the second pit stop. In hindsight, we should have waited for the field to pack up rather than coming in on the first available lap under the yellow. We ended up right in the middle of the lead group, but a lap down, with nobody to race for position. It was just a bad weekend all around and we need to move onto the next one."

Racing in front of many family and friends from his Northern California home region, Gidley found precious little satisfaction in the race. According to Gidley, "We made a lot of improvements on the car today, but we started off the weekend too far behind. In order to really move up, we needed multiple yellows to pack up the field and pick off people on restarts."

"To be out there just to run around is not what's fun, you know," sighed Gidley. Running in between the leaders during the third stint was probably the highlight of the race, but it would be a lot more exciting if that was for position."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Memo Gidley