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Gidley Confirmed in Al Autosport Duqueine for Remainder of Year

Memo Gidley secures full-season IMSA Prototype Challenge driver in AL Autosport with JDC Motorsports Duqueine…

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Al Autosport with JDC has secured Memo Gidley to drive alongside Alexander Koreiba in the No. 23 Duqueine D08 Nissan for the remaining IMSA Prototype Challenge rounds beginning with next weekend’s round at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The decision comes following a highly successful team debut at Daytona International Speedway. AL Autosport team principal Alex Damalas, who was initially set to share driving duties with Koreiba, has elected to step aside and allow Gidley to use the points he collected in Daytona to aim for the season-long championship.

“I’m so looking forward to this,” said Gidley. “Alexandar Koreiba is a super up-and-coming driver, and a really nice person, so being his teammate for the rest of the year is great.

“Alex Damalas, our team owner, is a super likable man and has so much support and belief for our effort. Then the JDC team is a hardworking, great group of experienced racers. This will be my first full time ride in ten years, which is crazy to think, but I am just very excited to see what the AL Autosport with JDC team can do!”

Twenty-four year old Koreiba is eager to lean on Gidley’s experience as he works on honing his own skills in his first year of IMSA competition.

“It’s an honor to have a veteran driver of Memo Gidley’s caliber joining AL Autosport with JDC, and I’m really excited to be his teammate full time for the 2022 IMSA Prototype Challenge season,” said Koreiba.

“I’m looking forward to taking on the rest of the schedule with Memo, and judging from our podium finish in our debut race together at Daytona, I think we’re off to a great start.”

Following a three-month gap in the IPC schedule, the AL Autosport with JDC team is gearing up for Round 2 at Mid-Ohio. The Minneapolis-based group has already spent the last two days testing in preparation for the event.

“The Mid-Ohio race track brings back a lot of great memories for me,” said Gidley. “The location is awesome and the track is very technical and challenging to drive- it’s definitely a rhythm type track.

“The fans that come to watch are awesome and so knowledgeable about racing. It has been great to have their support over the years.”

A total of 18 LMP3 cars are entered for next weekend’s 90-minute race. 

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