Memo Gidley

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José Guillermo "Memo" Gidley is a Mexican-American racing driver, of German and Canadian ancestry, born in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico in 1973. He holds dual citizenship - American and Mexican.

In his early years, he sold his apartment to fund his career and spent 4 months homeless living in his car.[citation needed] He worked at the Jim Russell racing school as a mechanic to fund his career for some time, eventually getting a chance in Champ Car with Derrick Walker in 1999, although this was as a short-term replacement. He did the same task for Gerry Forsythe a year later, and Chip Ganassi in 2001, twice coming close to race victories. He nearly retained his drive for 2002 - Chip later suggested that they keep Bruno Junqueira over him as the Brazilian was under contract.

He has raced assorted sports cars since, although he made 2 Champ Car starts for Rocketsports in 2004, and briefly ran in the rival IRL series. Since 2005 he has competed full time in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, co-driving with Michael McDowell to a victory in the Mexico City season finale. In 2006 he raced in the Team Playboy cars and in 2007 he partnered Max Angelelli in the SunTrust Racing team.[1] In 2010 Gidley co-drove Team CytoSport's Porsche RS Spyder with Germany's Klaus Graf and Sascha Maassen to second in class (and overall) at Laguna Seca, but he reportedly hasn't given up on a return to major open wheel racing.

Motorspots career results[edit]

American Open-Wheel racing results[edit]

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CART/Champ Car[edit]

YearTeam123456789101112131415161718192021RankPoints
1999Walker RacingUnited States
MIA
Japan
MOT
United States
LBH
United States
NZR
Brazil
RIO
United States
STL
United States
MIL
United States
POR
19
United States
CLE
11
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
TOR
12
United States
MIC
27th4
Payton/Coyne RacingUnited States
DET
Ret
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
CHI
Canada
VAN
12
Canada
LS
13
United States
HOU
14
Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
FON
2000Player's Forsythe RacingUnited States
MIA
United States
LBH
Ret
Brazil
RIO
8
Japan
MOT
Ret
United States
NZR
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
20th20
Della Penna MotorsportsUnited States
MIC
10
United States
CHI
10
United States
MDO
12
United States
ROA
6
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
LS
19
United States
STL
Ret
United States
HOU
Ret
Australia
SRF
United States
FON
Ret
2001Chip Ganassi RacingMexico
MTY
United States
LBH
United States
TXS
United States
NZR
Japan
MOT
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
Ret
United States
CLE
2*
Canada
TOR
17
United States
MIC
14
United States
CHI
5
United States
MDO
11
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
VAN
10
Germany
LAU
14
United Kingdom
ROC
18
United States
HOU
3
United States
LS
2
Australia
SRF
10
United States
FON
14
17th65
2004RocketsportsUnited States
LBH
Mexico
MTY
United States
MIL
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
16
Canada
VAN
11
United States
ROA
United States
DEN
Canada
MTL
United States
LS
United States
LVS
Australia
SRF
Mexico
MXC
21st15^

Indy Racing League[edit]

YearTeam123456789101112131415RankPoints
2000Team PelfreyUnited States
WDW
United States
PHX
United States
LVS
United States
INDY
DNQ
United States
TXS
United States
PPIR
United States
ATL
United States
KTY
United States
TX2
NC-
2001Brayton RacingUnited States
PHX
United States
HMS
United States
ATL
United States
INDY
DNQ
United States
TXS
United States
PPIR
United States
RIR
United States
KAN
United States
NSH
United States
KTY
United States
STL
United States
CHI
United States
TX2
NC-
2002Dreyer & Reinbold RacingUnited States
HMS
United States
PHX
United States
FON
21
United States
NZR
45th9
Duesenberg Brothers RacingUnited States
INDY
DNQ
United States
TXS
United States
PPIR
United States
RIR
United States
KAN
United States
NSH
United States
MIS
United States
KTY
United States
STL
United States
CHI
United States
TX2

Indy 500 results[edit]

YearChassisEngineStartFinishTeam
2000DallaraOldsmobileDNQTeam Pelfrey
2001DallaraOldsmobileDNQBrayton Racing
2002DallaraChevroletDNQDuesenberg Brothers Racing

Complete American Le Mans Series results[edit]

YearEntrantClassChassisEngineTyres123456789101112RankPoints
1999Panoz Motor SportsLMPPanoz LMP-1 Roadster-SFord (Élan-Yates) 6.0 L V8MSEBATLMOSSONPORPET
ovr:5
cls:5
MONLSV63rd15
2006Highcroft RacingLMP1MG-Lola EX257AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4DSEBTEXMIDLIMUTAPORAMEMOSPET
ovr:3
cls:3
MON20th19
2007Team CytosportLMP1Lola B06/10AER P32T 4.0L Turbo V8DSEBSTPLNBTEXUTALIMMIDAMEMOSDETPET
ovr:14
cls:3
MON20th19
2010Muscle Milk Team CytoSportLMPPorsche RS Spyder EvoPorsche MR6 3.4 L V8MSEBLNBMON
ovr:2
cls:2
UTALIMMIDAMEMOSPETNC-
2012Muscle Milk Pickett RacingPCOreca FLM09Chevrolet LS3 6.2 L V8MSEB
ovr:42
cls:5
LNB
ovr:4
cls:2
MON
ovr:6
cls:4
LIMMOSMIDAMEBALVIRPET11th*40*
* Season in progress.

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