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Memo Gidley and Matteo Malucelli Taken to Hospital After Rolex 24 at Daytona Crash

January 25th, 2014 at 10:05 PM
By Mark Eddinger

For the first time since the 2004 Rolex 24 at Daytona the race went under a red flag period. The delay lasted about 90 minutes after a scary crash between Memo Gidley and Matteo Malucelli. Both drivers were taken to the hospital and were awake and communicating.

'GWilson_GainsCo_Car' photo (c) 2009, Greg  Wilson - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Gidley was driving the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Prototype class car that teammate Alex Gurney put on the pole Thursday. He ran right into the back of Malucelli's No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 of the GT class exiting the infield portion of the track back to the high-bank part of the track. The sun was setting at the time, about three hours into the race, making conditions blinding at that part of the 3.56 mile course.

"The biggest concern is that Memo is OK," Gidley's co-driver Darren Law said shortly after the accident. "Obviously, they haven't given us a lot of indication of what's going on other than they are taking him to the hospital and skipping the infield care center. I really don't know what happened; I looked up at TV and saw the crash."
 
Currently at 7 hours and 50 minutes into the Rolex 24 at Daytona Jordan Taylor leads the Prototype class in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP with Jamie McMurray in second driving the No. 01 for Chip Ganassi Racing.
 
Further updates on the condition of Gidley and Malucelli are expected later.
Tags: Alex Gurney, Darren Law, Matteo Malucelli, Memo Gidley, Motorsports, Rolex 24

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