IMSA: With Gidley on the mend, Stallings looks to the team's future

IMSA: With Gidley on the mend, Stallings looks to the team's future

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IMSA: With Gidley on the mend, Stallings looks to the team's future

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The first order of business for TUDOR United SportsCar Championship team owner bob Stallings was to make sure his driver Memo Gidley received the best care possible immediately after his horrific crash last month at Daytona International Speedway.
 
Now, and with Gidley having made the trek from the Halifax medical center in Daytona Beach to a hospital near his home on the West Coast, Stallings say he and his driver are getting ready to handle the next order of business.
 
“The first facility in Florida put him back together, and the second facility on Northern California will help him heal as quickly as he can and during that process he’ll do rehab work to strengthen his body so he can get back to work,” he told RACER. “And now that we have him in a place where he can look to the future, we’ll take the same opportunity to do that with our team.”
 
The No. 99 GAINSCO-sponsored Corvette DP was destroyed in the crash that also caused major damage to the No. 62 Ferrari F458 piloted by Matteo Malucelli. The team’s Riley chassis was cut open to extricate Gidley, leaving Stallings to purchase a new car in order to continue racing. According to Stallings, it’s too early to say whether the team and drivers Alex Gurney, Jon Fogarty and Darren Law will be on track again this year.
 
“I haven’t gone through that process; it took me a little longer than I expected to move out of the emotional frame of mind I was in being preoccupied with Memo, and now that I’m more able to focus on the business side of racing, I’ll sit down with the CEO of GAINSCO and take their temperature on how they want to go forward on the racing enterprise,” he added.
 
“And then I need to sit down with [GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team manager] Terry Wilbert to look at what it’s going to cost to get back out with a new car. We’re going to miss Sebring, but we have time to make the next two endurance races and our home race at Texas, which was our plan. I should have an answer in about seven days about what we’re going to do or not do.”
 

A move to the 2013 DP championship-winning Dallara chassis had been on Stallings’ radar for 2014, but with the late confirmation of the team’s four-round TUDOR Championship North American Endurance Cup program, a lack of time prevented making the switch. Facing the need to secure a new DP, Stallings says the “Red Dragon” could return with the Italian chassis carrying Corvette DP bodywork.

 
“That’s part of the thinking and discussion I need to have with Terry,” he explained. “If we come back this year, we need to figure out if we’re going to change chassis first and that decision will dictate what we do and the time involved to get going again.”​

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