Memo Gidley has undergone arm and leg surgery in Halifax hospital following his massive crash in the Rolex 24.
Gidley and Matteo Malucelli were taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach after a violent collision just before the race’s three-hour mark.
The American’s GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Corvette DP had slammed into Malucelli’s Risi Ferrari as the GT car slowed on the kink in the infield section with a loss of drive. The race had to be red-flagged while the drivers were extracted from their cars.
IMSA’s initial update was that both drivers were awake and communicating in hospital. The Stallings team announced in the early hours of the morning that surgery was carried out on Gidley’s left arm and left leg.
“He is currently under observation and further evaluation at Halifax Health. We will continue to provide updates as they are available,” said a team statement.
IMSA subsequently announced that Gidley also has an unstable fracture in his back which will require additional surgery before he can be released from the hospital.
Malucelli also remains under observation in the hospital. IMSA said of Malucelli: “He continues to rest comfortably. An update on his condition will be provided later today [Sunday].”
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