Absent Jimmie Johnson, GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing has still managed a coup of a driver signing besides Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty for the 50th anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona. The team announced Monday it has signed Memo Gidley as the team's third driver for the Rolex.
“As soon as Jimmie told me he wanted to take a year off from the 24, I immediately thought of Memo,” said GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team owner Bob Stallings. “We have known him a long time, he's a really solid driver, he's an American from California, and I have always held him in high regard. He's just a terrific person, gets along really well with Alex and Jon, and is awesome on the track. He rarely lays a tire off the track. We just had a test in Texas last week and Memo was just as solid as expected. We feel very good about our driver lineup.”
While GAINSCO/BSR has won two Daytona Prototype championships, a Rolex 24 win has eluded them, and Gidley should be an ace addition to the lineup. His most recent DP experience came with Doran Racing in 2010.
“It was very exciting to get a call from Bob asking if I would be interested in driving for him in the 24,” Gidley said. “His first question was whether I am ready for this. I told him I was ready last year...last month...and I'm ready NOW, so let's do it. In the short time talking to and being around Bob, I realized that he is a great motivator and has fantastic energy that I believe is a key to his team's success. I am really looking forward to being a part of the 50th Rolex 24 with such a great team.”
Gidley also has a full-season ride in the American Le Mans Series, in a Muscle Milk Pickett Racing entry in the LMP Challenge class.