Former No. 99 Driver Memo Gidley
|BIRTHDATE||September 29, 1973|
|BIRTHPLACE||La Paz, Mexico|
Gidley has raced in nearly every top-tier road racing division in the U.S., including several seasons in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and joined GAINSCO/Bob Stallings in three Rolex 24 competitions. He co-drove with Michael McDowell to the Daytona Prototype victory in the season-ending race in Mexico City in 2005.
In addition to his winning sports car racing experience, Gidley has three Indy Car podium finishes – two second-places and a third – several top five showings, numerous top-10 finishes and a total of 230 laps led. Like teammates Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, Gidley also raced in the Toyota Atlantic Championship where he amassed five career victories. Prior to that, his first four-wheel racing experience came in race and championship-winning efforts in go-karts before stepping up to cars in USAC Russell Championship and U.S. Formula Ford 2000 competition in the first half of the1990s. While competing for GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing at the 2014 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, Gidley sustained serious injuries to his legs, back and arms. Despite multiple surgeries and intense rehabilitation, Gidley’s positive attitude and dedication led to a full recovery and he announced his intention to return to professional motorsports at the 2017 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
Gidley’s first racing experience of any kind came in BMX bicycles, which eventually led to motorcycles and multiple 125 and 250cc motocross championships. He is also a current and championship-winning competitor in the DJSA Outlaw Jet Ski series in addition to continuing to race in recent years in top-level go-kart categories.
Literally born into a life of adventure, Gidley spent his early years living on a sailboat with his family on the Pacific Ocean between Mexico and Northern California. Although he was born in La Paz, Mexico, Gidley and his family eventually moved to San Rafael, California, and he now calls Novato, California home. Gidley remains proud of his heritage, however, and his 2005 victory with McDowell made him the first ever Mexican-born driver to win a professional race in Mexico.
- Third Rolex 24 At Daytona with GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing after 2012 debut
- 2005 Daytona Prototype victory with Michael McDowell in Mexico City
- Experienced Indy Car driver with three career podium finishes, including two second-place results
- Co-driver on overall winning team in the 2012 25 Hours of Thunderhill sports car race
- Championship-winning professional Jet-Ski racer and continues to race go-karts when his schedule allows