CHAMPCAR/CART: Michigan Saturday Memo Gidley notes

Brooklyn, Mich. (July 22, 2000) - Memo Gidley posted a qualifying lap of 224.628 mph (32.063 seconds) in the Della Penna Motorsports ...

Brooklyn, Mich. (July 22, 2000) - Memo Gidley posted a qualifying lap of 224.628 mph (32.063 seconds) in the Della Penna Motorsports #10 DIRECTV Champ Car, starting 21st in tomorrow's Michigan 500 presented by Toyota. The talented American is substituting this weekend for regular driver, Argentine rookie Norberto Fontana.

Gidley circled the two-mile Michigan super speedway at 233.010 mph (30.900 seconds) during this morning's session, but lost the motor during the final minutes of the practice.

"We had a great car this morning, but then we lost the motor," Gidley said. "The guys did an incredible job trying to get the primary car but out here for me, but we ran out of time and had to go with the backup. The backup was balanced real well, but it just wasn't freed up enough to get the speed out of it that we were looking for. We certainly had the possibility of being in the top-ten. We'll just have to pick them off tomorrow in the race."

"I found out about the ride (for this weekend) early in the week, which is pretty good by Gidley standards," he said. "I brought my own seat into the shop, we made some pedal adjustments, and we're off."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Memo Gidley , Norberto Fontana