Team GAINSCO/Bob Stallings has withdrawn from this seasons TUDOR United SportsCar Championship following the horrific crash of Memo Gidley at the Daytona 24 Hours.
Team owner Bob Stallings said the team had suspended its operation due to the ‘personal and economic pressures’ put on the Texas-based team following Gidley’s collision with Matteo Malucelli during the twice around the clock endurance classic.
“Since Daytona, priority one for us has been on Memo’s recovery,” said Stallings. “Everyone on the team has been focused on his care and comfort, and it has meant the world to see such support from the fans and the racing community at large.
“Even though Memo has a long road ahead, the worst is behind him, and it has allowed us to step back and take a look at the program at large. With both the personal and economic strain this has put on us, we feel it’s in the best interest of everyone to sit out this year, with a firm focus on a return in 2015.”
GAINSCO/Bob Stalling’s crew, as well as drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, have been released from their contracts in order to aid their careers.
Gidley, meanwhile, continues to make progress in his recovery after sustaining back, leg and arm injuries in the Daytona crash.