Experienced sportscar racer Memo Gidley will switching to front running SunTrust team for th latest round of the Grand-Am Rolex Series at Barber Motosports Park.
Replacing Jonathan Cochet at short notice after the Frenchman was forced to remain in his native country due to problems with immigration paperwork, Gidley will complete alongside Max Angelelli in the Wayne Taylor Racing run Pontiac Riley.
The 35-year-old Gidley was the 2005 Rolex Series race winner at Mexico City when he piloted the Finlay Motorsports entry, while he has raced the Kodak Ford Doran over the first seven rounds this season too.
“We're delighted to have Memo join us this weekend at Barber,” said team owner Wayne Taylor. “It's unfortunate that Jonathan had problems with his paperwork because he's done a solid job for us in the three races he's driven, and he is also very familiar with the Barber track.
“Memo, however, has been on our radar for quite some time but it hasn't worked out until now that he is able to join us. Memo won the Rolex race in Mexico City back in '05 on the day Max and I clinched the championship for SunTrust. He also finished second to us here in Birmingham that year. So we are more than confident he and Max can keep us in championship mode this weekend.”