Memo Gidley took over "the hot seat" in Lynx Racing's
Ralt RT-41 #19, replacing 1996 Atlantic champion Patrick Carpentier
(9 wins in 12 races, 8 in a row from the pole) who graduated
to the Bettenhausen Racing team in CART. He raced for
Lynx for two seasons with teammates Alex Barron in 1997 and
Buddy Rice in 1998.
Memo has been winning races since childhood, first on bicycles
and motorcycles, then in karts, the USAC Russell Championship
Series, Shelby Pro Series, Formula Ford 2000 and Barber Dodge
Pro Series. After finishing second in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic
Championship and winning the prestigious "Player's Challenge"
in 1997, he switched from open wheels to fenders and won the
GT American Stock Car class at the Reno Grand Prix.
Memo graduated to Champ Cars in 1999, substituting for an
injured driver on Derrick Walker's team. Since then,
he has driven for Dale Coyne, John Della Penna, substituted
for an injured Patrick Carpentier at Player's/Forsythe and
replaced the fired Nicholas Minassian at Target Chip Ganassi
halfway through the 2001 season. He finised on the podium
three times with Ganassi, but lost the ride at the end of
the season. In 2002, he ran the IRL race at Fontata
when driver Robbie Buhl was injured but finished several laps
down due to various mechanical problems. He does not
currently have a Champ Car ride, but he and manager Donnie
Graves are working toward getting him back in the series full-time
during the 2003 season.
He also continues his activities as a factory test driver
for TrackMagic karts and has recently authored a book on kart
racing. For the latest information on Memo, visit his
web site at www.memogidley.com.
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