Gidley Undergoes Back Surgery

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Team owner Bob Stallings and driver Memo Gidley.
Team owner Bob Stallings and driver Memo Gidley.
Team owner Bob Stallings and driver Memo Gidley.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Memo Gidley, who was injured in a crash during the Rolex 24 At Daytona, underwent surgery late Monday to repair and stabilize the fracture in his lower back.

Gidley suffered a fracture to his back as well as a broken left arm and left leg in a crash 93 laps into the twice-around-the-clock race when he made contact with the slower car of Matteo Malucelli, triggering a violent crash.

Gidley, who co-drove the Bob Stallings Racing No. 99 Prototype, had surgery on his arm and leg following the accident on Saturday.

“The objective is to get Memo into a stabilized condition so that the doctors can figure out what all the issues are,” team owner Bob Stallings said. “We are not at that place yet, and doctors are still evaluating him. The procedures needed to stabilize him aren’t finalized yet.”

Stallings has remained at the hospital, and he anticipates staying until Gidley returns to Northern California. Gidley’s athleticism and physical fitness should assist him in this road to recovery.

“Memo is a competitive person and a fighter,” Stallings added. “And clearly he is drawing on those strengths as he makes his way through this ordeal. Since last night’s surgery, he has been sedated all day, so we haven’t been able to communicate with him. There is some expectation that later today, if conditions are right, that the doctors may bring him out of the sedation, but that decision hasn’t been made yet.”

The goal is to have all medical conditions stabilized over the next 24-48 hours. After that point, the expectations are that he will need a week of rest to gain enough strength for the trip back to Northern California.

“We appreciated the outpouring of support, thoughts and prayers for Memo,” Stallings said. “We plan to share those with him once he is awake enough to understand all the well wishes.”

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