Memo Gidley to Join GP Racing for SKUSA SuperNationals and PRI Stars Race The man who literally wrote the book on karting will be returning to the forefront of the national scene at the SKUSA SuperNationals at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and...
Memo Gidley to Join GP Racing for SKUSA SuperNationals and PRI Stars Race
The man who literally wrote the book on karting will be returning to the forefront of the national scene at the SKUSA SuperNationals at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on November 19th.
Rolex Grand-Am star Memo Gidley has teamed up with Northern California based KLS racing and Colorado's Rocky Mountain Kartworks for the event, arguably the biggest-ever in karting. "I'm really excited to get back out and be part of racing at the SuperNationals again," said Gidley. "Back when I was racing karts full time, winning the SuperNationals really established me as one of the top karters in the country. This in turn led to opportunities in cars, and that got me to where I am today, which I am grateful for."
This is also the first time Gidley has ever raced anything but a Trackmagic. "Honestly I am excited and sad all at once," said Gidley. "I am excited because I am teamed up with my friend of many years, Mike DesRosiers, and also with a great chassis manufacturer in GP Karts. But also sad, because frankly my time spent with Trackmagic Karts, and specifically my friend and mentor, the late Fausto Vitello, was and will always be a highlight in my racing career and my life. Unfortunately because of the uncertainty of the Trackmagic company right now, I did not have the opportunity to race for them and this forced me to look at another manufacturer for these races."
Mike DesRosiers of KLS Racing has been a fundamental part to Memo's racing since he was a kid, and when the timing was right it only made sense for the two to join forces again. "I've known Memo since he was seven years old, and he has been like a little brother to me. He has the most drive of any individual I have ever met in my life," explains Mike. "He has excelled at everything from motocross to Champ Cars. He also brings a wealth of knowledge to the table and is an excellent fit with our current team of drivers, Ron White and Jason Toft."
Memo also built a friendship with recently-named GP importer Rocky Mountain Kartworks' A.J. Noud when they were both based in the Indianapolis area 7 years ago. "I got so frustrated at him. It didn't matter if we were testing at the track, or at the indoor track in Indiana, he always found a way to set fast lap," stated Noud, "even when we made sure he had the slower kart."
Gidley is by no means unfamiliar with the blue and green GP chassis, as he has been on an intense testing program for the past month preparing for the SuperNats. Memo will be taking on the ultra-competitive SKUSA S3 class using the latest GP9 Chassis prepped by KLS Racing mated to a KLS built motor, a combination which certainly has shown to be capable of finishing at the sharp end of the field. Gidley is no stranger to the top spot in Vegas - in 1999 he defeated a massive field of S1 talent to take the win (coincidently, the same year Noud won the S2 class).
"It's been really fun for me to be back out consistently hammering around in a GP Stock Moto package the last few weeks," said Gidley. "The GP Kart works very well and I can see why they have had a lot of success over the last few years. I can't wait to race it."
Vegas won't be the end of the season for the returning karter; he'll also represent GP at the pro/am Performance Racing Industry Stars of Karting special event, pitting himself against a field stacked with the best driving talent from several pro series as well as top kart racers.