Memo Gidley moved to rehabilitation facility after Daytona crash
|Thursday, February 6th 2014, 09:33 GMT|
Injured United SportsCar Championship racer Memo Gidley has been discharged from hospital in Daytona to continue his recovery at a rehabilitation centre nearer his home in northern California.
The GAINSCO/Bob Stallings driver, who sustained back, leg, foot and arm injuries in the crash early in last month's Daytona 24 Hours, was medically transferred by plane on Wednesday evening to the unnamed facility on the West Coast.
Gidley gave thanks to the staff at the Halifax Health Medical Center, where he underwent surgery three times in the week after the accident.
"I've had great care while I have been here at Halifax: from the nursing staff to the doctors, I appreciate all they have done for me," he said.
No timescale has been set for Gidley's recuperation, but a statement from his team stated that "doctors anticipate that he will make a positive recovery".
Gidley continued: "I know it will take a while for me to get back on my feet, but I will be working hard for all the fans, friends and family who have been pulling for me since the accident."
Gidley crashed his Riley-Chevrolet Daytona Prototype in the infield section of the Daytona International Speedway.
He jinked out from behind a GT Daytona class Ferrari and straight into the back of the slowing Risi Competizione GT Le Mans Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Matteo Malucelli.
Malucelli, who spent a night in hospital under observation after the accident, had just reported to the pits that he had lost drive. A reason for this has yet to be revealed.