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Memo Gidley has a broken back that will require surgery after a terrifying accident in the early stages of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Gidley's GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team says the driver will remain at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach until doctors repair an ''unstable fracture'' in his back.
Gidley had surgery on his left arm and leg late Saturday.
Matteo Malucelli also was involved in the two-car crash Saturday afternoon near the three-hour mark of the prestigious endurance race.
Gidley was driving the pole-winning car. He had to be cut out of the No. 99 Corvette, which crumpled like an accordion when he plowed into the back of Malucelli's Ferrari.
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After three hours of the Rolex 24 on Saturday a horrific crash took place. Memo Gidley slammed into the rear of a nearly stopped Matteo Malucelli.
After Gidley was removed from his car both drivers were taken to Halifax Medical Center.
Below is the IMSA Statement from Sunday
Memo Gidley, driver of the No. 99 GAINSCO / Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP, underwent surgical procedures...
Memo Gidley and Matteo Malucelli were admitted to a Daytona Beach hospital Saturday night for further testing following a two-car accident right before the three-hour mark of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
IMSA officials said both drivers were awake and communicating, but gave no other information about their conditions.
Gidley was driving for the pole-winning GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing...
Drivers Memo Gidley and Matteo Matucelli were hospitalized after a frightening high-speed, rear-end crash during the Tudor United SportsCar Championship’s Rolex 24 Hours at the Daytona International Speedway. Three hours into the race, Gidley’s Corvette rear-ended Matucelli’s slow-moving Ferrari in the infield, just before the kink turn in the track. Matucelli reported that his engine […]
Driver Matteo Malucelli has been released from Halifax Medical Center.
Malucelli was involved in a crash in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The crash took place three hours into the 24 hour event when Memo Gidley slammed into the back of Malucelli’s nearly stopped car. Maluccelli had just began reporting that his car had lost power.
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