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Memo Gidley announces ‘Memo Back Driving Day’ in a shifter kart

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Memo Gidley is set to return to driving this week, in his Team RattleSnake Racing/Cameron/Aluminos 125cc shifter kart at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday.

The open-wheel and sports car veteran made his return to Daytona International Speedway a little more than a week ago, and announced he was cleared to return to driving. He’ll do so on Saturday at Sonoma’s Sim Raceway Kart track, in an event that is open to anyone interested to attend. There will also be a BBQ and refreshments served.

“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!” Gidley said in a release. “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.”

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.