That quote from Memo Gidley sums up the last three years for him. Back at Daytona for the first time since suffering horrible injuries in the 2014 running of the Rolex 24 when his Corvette DP car crashed into the back of a slowly moving Ferrari, Memo is back and ready to go racing again.
He wanted to come back to Daytona to let the racing community know that he indeed is back and looking for an opportunity to race once again. He also wanted to thank everyone who has supported him throughout his very tough journey.
Mike Shank is Named the Recipient of the 2016 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 28, 2016) - Michael Shank Racing owner Mike Shank, of Etna, Ohio, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence. The announcement was made during the traditional prelude to the Rolex 24 At Daytona – the Grand Marshal Dinner – which was held at the Daytona 500 Club on Friday, Jan. 27. From a short list of three successful team owners who competed in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, a panel of motorsports professionals selected Shank.
"It's always a pleasure when the Rolex 24 comes around because I get an opportunity to continue a tradition that means a lot to me," said Harris Snodgrass, Bob's son, in introducing Shank as the winner. "First and foremost, I would like to thank Gorsline Company, the premier insurer of high-risk professionals, for continuously helping make this award possible. And, of course, Rolex, for supporting this award and providing the commemorative watch.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chip Ganassi, a former race-car driver who is now one of the most successful and innovative race team owners in the world, was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club with the 2017 Phil Hill Award. RRDC president Bobby Rahal made the presentation at the annual RRDC members' dinner on Jan. 25 prior to the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The Phil Hill Award has been presented annually since 1993 to the person who the RRDC feels has rendered outstanding service to road racing. The recipient may be a driver, entrant or outstanding member of a sanctioning body.
It is named in honor of America’s first Formula 1 World Champion (in 1961), and is not only a tribute to his masterful accomplishments on the race track, it also recognizes his contributions as a great ambassador for the sport. Hill passed away in 2008.
HILLIARD, Ohio (Jan. 18, 2017) - Neil Verhagen, a 15-year-old high school student from Mooresville, N.C., was named the 46th recipient of the RRDC Mark Donohue Award. This unique award is presented annually by the Road Racing Drivers Club for outstanding performance, competitiveness and sportsmanship during the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. It is voted on by RRDC members attending the Runoffs and/or viewing them live on the Internet.
Verhagen became the youngest SCCA National Champion in history, winning the Formula F class during the SCCA Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB at the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Sept. 19-25, 2016. Before this win, IndyCar racer Graham Rahal, a full year older than Verhagen, was the youngest when he captured the Formula Atlantic National Championship at Mid-Ohio in 2005.