Rolex Grand-Am series star and Muscle Milk extreme athlete Memo Gidley
came away from Round #4 of the 2009 DJSA Outlaw PWC Series Race Tour
with a win and the points lead this past weekend in the Super 800
May 29th, 2009 (Suisun, CA) — Rolex Grand-Am series star and Muscle Milk extreme athlete Memo Gidley came away from Round #4 of the 2009 DJSA Outlaw PWC Series Race Tour with a win and the points lead this past weekend in the Super 800 Stand-up class.
This particular event is known as the "Widowmaker" because the turn buoys are sandwiched between un-forgiving 10′ high concrete walls. Not only do the concrete walls allow very little room for error, but they also deflect the waves back onto the course which makes for extreme rough water conditions. "I have raced cars dozens of times on street courses and totally understand how unforgiving concrete is. I know from personal experience that if you hit concrete, it does not move!" said Gidley.
Memo not only kept it off the walls, but he also racked up 1st-, 3rd-, and 1st-place heat race finishes to claim the overall win for the day. "The waves on the course deflected from the concrete walls are so rough that I think my ski was in the air more than it was in the water," said Gidley. "And the times it wasn’t in the air I was submerged and plowing through them. Even trying to keep my mouth closed, I have never drank so much water in the span of one day!"
With his race win, Gidley also came away with the points lead. "It’s very cool to win and now have the points lead in my class," said Gidley. "I just love being in a position to race Jet Skis one weekend, Go-Karts the next, and then hop into my #77 McDonalds/Doran Daytona Prototype for a Rolex Series race. I’m actually trying to figure out how I can race even more but I think that would require me to make a clone of myself… probably not a good idea!"