Posted February 24, 2014 05:03 pm

Wheel Man: Gidley injury prompts No. 99 sports car team to cease operations

The horrifying accident involving prototype driver Memo Gidley during this year’s Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona prompted GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing to suspend operations for the rest of the TUDOR United SportsCar Challenge season, the team said Monday.

Gidley suffered severe injuries to his back, left arm and left leg when he slammed into a stopped sports car in the infield portion of the Daytona International Speedway’s road course.

The No. 99 “Red Dragon” Chevrolet Corvette will skip the rest of the IMSA sports car season, Stallings said.

“Since Daytona, priority one for us has been on Memo’s recovery,” he said. “Even though Memo has a long road ahead, the worst is behind him, and it has allowed us to step back and take a looking at the program at large. With both the personal and economic strain this has put on us, we feel it’s in the best interest of everyone to sit out this year with a firm focus on a return in 2015.”

The car includes primary drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty. Together they won a pair of Grand American Road Racing prototype championships before it merged with the American Le Mans Series to form the new USCC.