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Rolex 24 rocked by 2-car wreck

GAINSCO/Bob Stalling's No. 99 Corvette protoype is removed from the course..
GAINSCO/Bob Stalling's No. 99 Corvette protoype is removed from the course..AP via Yahoo.com

The 2014 season at Daytona got off to a violent start yesterday when a crash just before the 3 hour mark of the Rolex 24 sent Matteo Malucelli and Memo Gidley to Halifax Medical Center after Gidley , driving GAINSCO/Bob Stalling Racing’s pole winning No. 99 Corvette protype slammed into Maluceli’s No. 62 GT LeMans Ferrari as it slowed down on the infield just past theInternational Horsehoe part of the track. The cars were facing the afternoon sun at the time, which may have contributed to the accident.

Although the Prototype remained on the course, the No. 62 LeMans was pushed into a tire barrier, where Gidley had to be cut out of his car.

According to IMSA director of communications David Hart both drivers were "awake and communicating" when taken to the hospital, where Gidley, 40, underwent surgery on his left arm and leg. It was also reported that an unstable fracture in his back will require an additional operation. In the meantime, it was reported that Malucelli was resting comnfortably as he remains under further evaluation.