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Violent crash sidelines pole-winning Prototype at Rolex 24
Posted by: ASkyler on Jan 25, 2014 - 07:15 PM
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Violent crash sidelines pole-winning Prototype at Rolex 24


By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Just before the three-hour mark Saturday in the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona, a violent crash disabled the pole-winning Prototype and sent the two drivers involved to a nearby hospital.

The No. 62 GT Le Mans Ferrari of Matteo Malucelli slowed on the infield portion of the 3.56-mile road course in the kink following the International Horseshoe, a section of the course facing the afternoon sun.

Memo Gidley, driving the pole-winning No. 99 GAINSCO Corvette DP, slammed into the Ferrari, which was rolling slowly to driver's left, knocking Malucelli's car into a tire barrier and leaving the crippled Daytona Prototype sitting in the middle of the track.

The race was red-flagged, and both drivers were transported to Halifax Health Medical Center and further observation. Updates on their conditions were not immediately available.

 

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