Risi Competizione’s Matteo Malucelli has been released from a Daytona Beach, Florida hospital after his involvement in a harrowing crash with GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing’s Memo Gidley during Saturday’s opening hours of the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.
According to a team release, Malucelli will be heading home to Italy. The release also has the team sending its best wishes to Gidley, who has undergone surgical procedures to his left arm and leg and will need another procedure done for a fracture in his back before he too is released from the Halifax Health Medical Center.
During the third hour of the race, Malucelli and his No. 62 Ferrari 458 Italia reportedly lost power coming out of the International Horseshoe turn in the infield section of Daytona’s road course. Gidley, driving the pole-sitting No. 99 Corvette DP, then slammed into him from behind in a violent crash that sent the Ferrari airborne and sprayed debris across the track.
The incident eventually brought out the red flag, and almost 90 minutes of racing were lost under the red and yellow caution flags before the green came back out to resume the event.
Before his release, team PR representative Fiona Miller tweeted this picture of Malucelli and his young son at the hospital. After his brutal accident with Gidley, it makes you very thankful that both men are now starting to recover and are still around for their families.