KART/CART: Memo Gidley To Promote Karts in Hawai

KART/CART: Memo Gidley To Promote Karts in Hawai

Post by motorsport.co » Wed, 01 Dec 1999 04:00:00

Honolulu, Nov. 30 - The collapse of the Hawaiian Super Prix
notwithstanding, a CART driver will still see some on-track activity in
the 50th state at year's end.

Fresh off his rookie CART campaign which saw him score points for both
Derrick Walker and Dale Coyne's teams, Memo Gidley will appear at Hawaii
Raceway Park on Leeward Oahu on December 10 and 11, promoting the Hawaii
Shifter Kart Racing School's new semester of classes beginning this coming

Like many of his CART colleagues, Gidley is no stranger to shifter karts,
having competed in IKF and NSKA-sanctioned karting events throughout the
decade. He swept both heats and the main event in the 1999 Shifter Kart
USA North American Karting Championship's 125cc S1 Pro class in Las Vegas
this November, the same weekend the Super Prix would have run at Kalaeloa
Airport - a scant few miles away from Hawaii Raceway Park.

Along with local karting enthusiasts, Gidley will do several laps in his
SKUSA-winning Trackmagic shifter kart, which the school will fly in from
San Francisco via air cargo expressly for this event. Gidley will hold
trackside tutoring and Q&A sessions for karters, local news media, and
others on both days.

The number of shifter karts on Oahu has doubled over the past year, with
the likes of Formula 1 veteran Andrea deCesaris sampling the facility on
occasion.  Compared to other forms of motorsport available on the island,
karts provide an affordable entry point into the sport, with 80cc models
available ready-to-race for as low as $5,000.

Other items on Gidley's itinerary for his four-day working vacation
include a media get-together at world-famous Nick's Fishmarket that
Thursday night, appearances on various TV and radio shows the following
morning, an autograph session at All-Star Cafe in Waikiki that afternoon,
and a "Baywatch Hawaii" cast party Saturday night.

For more information, contact the Hawaii Shifter Kart Racing School at
(808) 682-6006.