Just over a week ago, the Doran Team with drivers Memo Gidley and Dion VonMoltke drove the #77 McDonald’s car to have its best finish in five years, crossing the line fourth at the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 series Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park. “Last week’s race at Barber was great for the Doran Team,” said Gidley. “There is nothing like a good finish to pump everybody up. I am very happy and proud of everybody that is part of the McDonald’s effort.”
Because of that finish and its consistent runs so far this year, the #77 McDonalds car now heads to the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway tied for fifth in the team standings. “The best thing about the last finish is that it was no fluke,” said Gidley. “We were strong at Barber previous years, just as we were strong at VIR last year. I am excited to hit the track and think we are going to have another great weekend.”
After Saturday’s race, Muscle Milk extreme athlete Gidley is once again grabbing a red-eye flight back to California so that he can make round #2 of the DJSA Outlaw Jet Ski Series race at Camp Far West in Wheatland, CA. “People thought I was crazy to race the double last weekend, so I thought I would do it again!” said Gidley. “I will admit, with all the travel and lack of sleep, it was grueling. But grueling is what makes you stronger and I like the challenge.”
Gidley, who is the 2009 DJSA Super 800 class champion, was bumped up to the Super 850 Expert Class this year and finished fourth in the last race. “Fourth place in my last race at Salt Springs was awesome because of the super rough water and much stiffer competition,” said Gidley. “I have been training really hard and have high expectations for myself this year in the DJSA Championship… I’m excited to hit the next race and show what I can do!”
This weekend’s GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Bosch Engineering 250 is Saturday April 24th at Virginia International Raceway. The race kicks off at 12:00 Saturday with full coverage on Speed starting at 2:00 pm EST.