Memo Gidley suffered injuries to his lower back at Long Beach last
weekend – after his #19 Playboy / Uniden Crawford hit the
wall in the race morning warm-up, an accident attributed to a “mechanical
He hit the
Turn 1 barriers at 140 mph. He was taken to St. Mary's Hospital,
where he was released before the start of the race, and then flown
to Indianapolis on Monday to be further evaluated by Dr. Terry Trammell.
a big hit and unfortunate because I figured we had a great chance
to get the Playboy/Uniden/ Palms Ford powered Daytona Prototype
into victory lane at Long Beach," said Gidley this week. "An
injury is no fun but considering the speed of impact, I am thankful
that my injuries were limited to what I have. I'm sure this is not
only because the cars are structurally very strong, but also because
my physical fitness helped in protecting me.
to race and I understand the dangers. I am always willing to take
the good with the bad and know that crashing is a part of racing
and I am not afraid of that.”
Grand Am doesn't
require its cars to be crash-tested.
wear a back brace for the next two weeks, but the good news is that
he is expected to make a full recovery in two months.
still got his sense of humour: “I've been told because of
the impact I will be ¼" shorter...not a bad thing for
a race car driver because it will lower my center of gravity!"
Here he is in
the race morning warm-up....