Injured sports car racer Memo Gidley thanks fans for support

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Two months after his devastating crash at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, sports car driver Memo Gidley has thanked fans for their support in a letter posted on his web site.

Gidley has been recovering from the injuries he sustained in the accident, which took place during the third hour of this year’s Rolex and involved him running at speed into the back of a slowing Ferrari driven by Matteo Malucelli.

After multiple surgeries at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach, Fla., Gidley was released in February and medically transported by air back to his home in California.

The subsequent recovery process has been a grueling one, as Gidley details in his letter. A short passage…

“I was in the hospital bed for nearly 5 weeks and I lost something like 20lbs of body weight… mostly muscle. I currently get surprised often how it takes to get this… actually really any muscle back on my thin frame. I broke and fractured something like 12 bones so this makes me working at an injured level that I have never been to in my life. The physical therapy from this point is overwhelming if you try to think of all the work…”

Nonetheless, Gidley vows that he will heal and return to racing “because of the people behind me, and my determination.”

You can read the full letter from Gidley HERE.

INDYCAR: Newgarden, Sato quickest in first of 2 Friday practices at Road America

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Josef Newgarden was quickest in the first of Friday’s two INDYCAR practice sessions at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion covered the 4.048-mile, 14-turn course with a best lap of 1:43.0477, followed by Takuma Sato (1:43.4729), Alexander Rossi (1:43.5603), Robert Wickens (1:43.5774) and Marco Andretti (1:43.8825).

Sixth-quickest was Tony Kanaan (1:44.0429), followed by Spencer Pigot (1:44.1080), Zach Veach (1:44.1306), Scott Dixon (1:44.1643) and Matheius Leist (1:44.2963).

Alfonso Celis Jr., making his Verizon IndyCar Series debut and with Juncos Racing, was 22nd quickest in the 23-car field at 1:44.9164, while Gabby Chaves was the slowest driver on the course at 1:46.4485.

While there were no significant incidents during the 45-minute session, a number of drivers struggled in several turns, primarily due to some lingering puddles from overnight rain, as well as on rumble strips that threw their cars into adjacent grass areas.

The second practice session today takes place at 4:15 p.m. ET.

A third practice kicks off Saturday’s busy day at Noon ET, followed by qualifying at 4 p.m. ET, the second round of qualifying at 4:40 p.m. ET and the third and final round of qualifying at 5 p.m. ET.

The weekend’s main event, Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix, takes the green flag shortly after 1 p.m. ET. Make sure to tune in to NBCSN for the live telecast of the race.

We’ll have the full practice grid and driver quotes shortly. Please check back soon.

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