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Gidley To Lap Sonoma in Shifter Kart

Memo Gidley is ready to be back behind the wheel of his shifter kart…

Photo: MemoGidley.com

Photo: MemoGidley.com

Memo Gidley will be back behind the wheel of his 125cc shifter kart at Sonoma Raceway later this month as he continues his recovery from a serious racing accident in the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Gidley’s presence at Daytona International Speedway over the Rolex 24 weekend was a pleasant sight, and the amiable Californian told the assembled media that he was working his way back into driving form.

For Gidley, turning laps at the Sim Raceway kart track on the grounds of Sonoma Raceway marks another step towards returning to competition.

“I have been waiting for what seems like an eternity to get that OK from my doctors, and most recent back surgeon, that I was healed and could go back to doing the things I want to do!” said Gidley.

“And one big inspiration in my recovery was the day that I could announce me being back driving to my family, friends, and supporters who have helped me heal and get to this point.

“The path to where I am today was extreme but I was so determined to get better that I pushed hard. I honestly don’t know how a person would survive it without the kind of support from family, friends, and people trying to help like I was fortunate to have.

“I can’t measure how much I appreciate them or thank people enough.”

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based broadcaster and reporter. In addition to his work covering primarily domestic sports car racing for Sportscar365, he is a pit reporter for SRO America's TV coverage as well as for IndyCar Radio. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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