CHAMPCAR/CART: Memo Gidley announces fan poll to name his crew

American driver Memo Gidley is celebrating his eight-race deal with Della Penna Motorsports by announcing a fan poll to name his hard-working pit crew. The poll, which debuted this morning on CART.COM, offers fans a choice of five nicknames...

American driver Memo Gidley is celebrating his eight-race deal with Della Penna Motorsports by announcing a fan poll to name his hard-working pit crew. The poll, which debuted this morning on CART.COM, offers fans a choice of five nicknames for Gidley's posse: Red Menace, Crimson Tide, Wrenchmen, Lug Nutz, and Gidley's personal favorite, Pennamania. Now it's up to the fans to select their favorite name, and the votes will be tallied at the end of the race weekend.

"I feel like I've known these guys for a lot longer than a month," Gidley said. "It's quickly become a family thing. I've been stopping by the shop every day during the week, getting to know them better, and they are some of the most dedicated, determined people I have ever met. So I'm hoping to make us even more of a unit by having a name for the group, and I thought it would be fun for the fans, who have given me such amazing support this season, to have the chance to pick the final name."

Gidley had a difficult qualifying session today, running almost a second slower than his best time in the morning practice. His fastest qualifying lap of 69.623 seconds placed him 24th in provisional qualifying, but he and his as-yet-unnamed Della Penna crew will have another opportunity to qualify on Saturday afternoon.

"It's a rough sea on the ocean today," sighed Gidley after this afternoon's qualifying session. "This morning I thought the car was pretty good and had a lot of grip. This afternoon, man, I couldn't even get a run on the first single tires because of traffic and the red flags. I got a run at the end but it just wasn't there. For some reason we lost a lot of grip and generally were slower everywhere from this morning. So we have some work ahead of us to get more grip tomorrow as the track rubbers up."

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