NA-F2000: Hall of Fame Class of 2000 announced

FAIRFIELD, N.J. (April 7, 2000) -- The U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision has announced the U.S. F2000 Hall of Fame Class of 2000, including Memo Gidley and Sam Schmidt. Established in 1999, the Hall of Fame...

FAIRFIELD, N.J. (April 7, 2000) -- The U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision has announced the U.S. F2000 Hall of Fame Class of 2000, including Memo Gidley and Sam Schmidt. Established in 1999, the Hall of Fame recognizes the accomplishments of F2000 graduates in the motorsports industry. Hall of Fame nominees are voted on by a panel including staff, competitors, sanctioning body presidents, media representatives and previous inductees. Nominees receiving more than 50 percent of the votes are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Gidley enters the Hall of Fame having been a winner at various levels of racing. Gidley joined U.S. F2000 in 1995 and promptly demonstrated the ability to win, finishing second in the Championship and capturing Rookie of the Year honors. Gidley moved up to the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship in 1996, and proceeded to win two races as a rookie. The following year he took three more wins en route to a third place finish in the championship. Last year, Gidley made his FedEx Championship series debut with the Walker Racing team, filling in for the injured Naoki Hattori. Gidley, performed beyond expectations scoring five top-15 finishes. Currently, Gidley is pursing opportunities in CART and the Indy Racing Northern Light Series. "It's a great honor to be inducted into the U.S. F2000 Hall of Fame," said Memo Gidley. "For the young kids in F2000 today, seeing my name in the CART ranks inspires them and shows that they can can do the same." Schmidt is widely considered to be the man who paved the way for F2000 drivers to move up to the Indy Racing Nothern Light Series. After finishing fourth in the 1996 U.S. F2000 National Championship, Schmidt became the first F2000 to make the jump straight to the Indy cars. In his rookie season, Schmidt competed in six races, including the Indy 500, and captured a top-10 finish. The following year, Schmidt ran a full schedule, posting three top-10 finishes, including a career-best second at Las Vegas. Last year marked his breakthrough year in the series. Schmidt captured his first career pole and win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and posted six top-ten finishes en route to finishing fifth in the standings. Tragically, Schmidt's racing career was put on hold in January, when he was left paralysed after a tersting accident at the Walt Disney World Speedway. Currently, Schmidt is undergoing therapy in St. Louis. "It's quite the honor to be inducted into the U.S. F2000 Hall of Fame," said Sam Schmidt. "I've raced against the Hall of Fame inductees and the're a great bunch of guys who have accomplished a lot. "I've always thought racing in F2000 was an easy decision if you wanted to move up the motorsports ladder. It has some great racing against great competition and you learn things you'll need in Atlantics, CART and Indy cars. I know it helped me." Gidley and Schmidt join Steve Knapp, Greg Moore and Greg Ray in the U.S. F2000 National Championship Hall of Fame. Other drivers receiving votes included Robby McGehee, Alex Barron, Mike Borkowski and Jeret Schroeder.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Robby McGehee , Greg Ray , Memo Gidley , Alex Barron , Sam Schmidt , Steve Knapp , Mike Borkowski , Greg Moore