DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — IMSA and Bob Stallings Racing issued a statements Sunday regarding the condition of road racers Memo Gidley and Matteo Malucelli who were involved in a violent crash during the early stages of the 52nd annual Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Malucelli’s Ferrari was off the pace on the infield section of the track when Gidley’s pole-sitting Gainsco Prototype plowed into it at full speed. A violent impact spewed debris across a wide area and led to a red flag of one hour and 25 minutes.
Gidley underwent surgical procedures on both his left arm and left leg at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach, Fla. Gidley also has an unstable fracture in his back, which will require additional surgery before he can be released from the hospital. He continues to be evaluated.
Malucelli remained at Halifax Health overnight for further evaluation. He continues to rest comfortably.
“As you can imagine, we are devastated about what happened yesterday on track, but are hopeful that our friend and teammate Memo will make a full recovery,” said Bob Stallings, owner of the No. 99 Gidley co-drove with Alex Gurney, Jon Fogarty and Darren Law, in a statement. “We want to thank the safety team at Daytona Int’l Speedway for being so diligent in getting Memo out of the car safely and to the hospital. Memo is receiving excellent care from the staff and doctors at Halifax Health. We want to thank everyone for the messages, thoughts and prayers for Memo.”
Gurney visited with Gidley at the hospital.
“We’re extremely relieved that our friend Memo is recovering,” Gurney said. “That was one scary crash that could have had a much worse outcome. We were able to see him and speak with him this morning. He is one tough guy, and he’s going to pull through this. I told him to take the rest of the day off.”