Memo Gidley

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Memo Gidley
Nationality Mexican-American
Born (1970-09-29) September 29, 1970 (age 47)
La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
United SportsCar Championship career
Debut season 1999
Current team GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing
Car no. 99
Previous series
1999-2004
2000–2002
1999–2012
Champ Car
Indy Racing League
American Le Mans Series
Awards
1995 Team USA Scholarship

José Guillermo "Memo" Gidley is a Mexican-American racing driver, of German and Canadian ancestry, born in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico in September 29, 1970. He holds dual citizenship - American and Mexican.

− In his early years, he sold his apartment to fund his career and spent 4 months homeless living in his car.[citation needed] He worked at the Jim Russell racing school as a mechanic to fund his career for some time, eventually getting a chance in Champ Car with Derrick Walker in 1999, although this was as a short-term replacement. He did the same task for Gerry Forsythe a year later, and Chip Ganassi in 2001, twice coming close to race victories. He nearly retained his drive for 2002 - Chip later suggested that they keep Bruno Junqueira over him as the Brazilian was under contract.

He has raced assorted sports cars since, although he made two Champ Car starts for Rocketsports in 2004, and briefly ran in the rival IRL series. Since 2005 he has competed full-time in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, co-driving with Michael McDowell to a victory in the Mexico City season finale. In 2006 he raced in the Team Playboy cars and in 2007 he partnered Max Angelelli in the SunTrust Racing team.[1] In 2010 Gidley co-drove Team CytoSport's Porsche RS Spyder with Germany's Klaus Graf and Sascha Maassen to second in class (and overall) at Laguna Seca, but he reportedly hasn't given up on a return to major open wheel racing.

In the 2014 24 Hours of Daytona, Gidley suffered serious injuries when his Corvette DP slammed into the back of a Ferrari being driven by Matteo Malucelli. Malucelli's car had lost power and had rolled to a near stop on the track, when Gidley hit him at approximately 120 miles per hour (190 km/h).[2] Gidley was taken by ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center, where doctors diagnosed him with a broken back and leg and arm injuries.[3] Gidley had eight surgeries that took him three years to recover.

Motorsports career results[edit]

American Open-Wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

Complete USF2000 National Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos Points
1995 Cape Motorsports United States
PIR1
46
United States
PIR2
1
United States
IRP
1
United States
RIR
4
United States
WGI
43
United States
MDO1
1
United States
NHS
2
United States
ATL1
6
United States
ATL2
2
United States
MDO1
7
2nd ???

CART/Champ Car[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
1999 Walker Racing MIA MOT LBH NZR RIO STL MIL POR
19
CLE
11
ROA
Ret
TOR
12
MIC 27th 4
Payton/Coyne Racing DET
Ret
MDO
Ret
CHI VAN
12
LS
13
HOU
14
SRF
Ret
FON
2000 Player's Forsythe Racing MIA LBH
Ret
RIO
8
MOT
Ret
NZR MIL DET POR CLE TOR 20th 20
Della Penna Motorsports MIC
10
CHI
10
MDO
12
ROA
6
VAN
Ret
LS
19
STL
Ret
HOU
Ret
SRF FON
Ret
2001 Chip Ganassi Racing MTY LBH TXS NZR MOT MIL DET POR
Ret
CLE
2*
TOR
17
MIC
14
CHI
5
MDO
11
ROA
Ret
VAN
10
LAU
14
ROC
18
HOU
3
LS
2
SRF
10
FON
14
17th 65
2004 Rocketsports LBH MTY MIL POR CLE TOR
16
VAN
11
ROA DEN MTL LS LVS SRF MXC 21st 15^
  • ^ New points system implemented in 2004

Indy Racing League[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Rank Points
2000 Team Pelfrey WDW PHX LVS INDY
DNQ
TXS PPIR ATL KTY TX2 NC -
2001 Brayton Racing PHX HMS ATL INDY
DNQ
TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH KTY STL CHI TX2 NC -
2002 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing HMS PHX FON
21
NZR 45th 9
Duesenberg Brothers Racing INDY
DNQ
TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH MIS KTY STL CHI TX2

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2000 Dallara Oldsmobile DNQ Team Pelfrey
2001 Dallara Oldsmobile DNQ Brayton Racing
2002 Dallara Chevrolet DNQ Duesenberg Brothers Racing

Complete American Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
1999 Panoz Motor Sports LMP Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S Ford (Élan-Yates) 6.0 L V8 M SEB ATL MOS SON POR PET
ovr:5
cls:5
MON LSV 63rd 15
2006 Highcroft Racing LMP1 MG-Lola EX257 AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4 D SEB TEX MID LIM UTA POR AME MOS PET
ovr:3
cls:3
MON 20th 19
2007 Team Cytosport LMP1 Lola B06/10 AER P32T 4.0L Turbo V8 D SEB STP LNB TEX UTA LIM MID AME MOS DET PET
ovr:14
cls:3
MON 20th 19
2010 Muscle Milk Team CytoSport LMP Porsche RS Spyder Evo Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8 M SEB LNB MON
ovr:2
cls:2
UTA LIM MID AME MOS PET NC -
2012 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing PC Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet LS3 6.2 L V8 M SEB
ovr:42
cls:5
LNB
ovr:4
cls:2
MON
ovr:6
cls:4
LIM MOS MID AME BAL VIR PET 12th 40
* Season still in progress.

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