IRL: Indy 500: Robby McGehee practice day twelve notes

McGehee uses every bit of practice time Saturday in preparation for Bump Day INDIANAPOLIS, May 18 - Robby McGehee got Cahill Racing's Scottrade.com Dallara Chevy ...

McGehee uses every bit of practice time Saturday in preparation for Bump Day

INDIANAPOLIS, May 18 - Robby McGehee got Cahill Racing's Scottrade.com Dallara Chevy #10 up to 224.577 mph Saturday during practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for tomorrow's "Bump Day" activities, when the 33-car field will be filled for next Sunday's Indy 500.

His previous fastest lap here this week was 224.152 mph run on Thursday.

McGehee ran 108 laps in practice Saturday. His fastest lap was his 102nd circuit. It was the 14th-fastest lap any driver ran on Saturday, which was cold and blustery in the capital city of the Hoosier State.

McGehee and the Cahill Racing team will have one hour and 15 minutes of practice beginning at 10 a.m. local time tomorrow morning before qualifications begin at noon. They will conclude at 6 p.m. local time.

ESPN will cover the action live from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow. ABC will take over from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and then ESPN2 will wrap up the day's TV coverage from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

McGehee is 42nd out of 45 drivers in the qualifying order Sunday.

Yesterday the team didn't get to run any hot laps. It experienced a problem with the car's gearbox; fixed it and then the rest of the day's action was rained out.

That wasn't the case Saturday, when McGehee spent every possible moment working on getting more speed out of the car.

"Today was a good day," he said. "We're just behind the eight-ball because of the accident, but today we found something that works. Now we just have to develop it tomorrow morning and try our best to qualify.

"Earlier we thought we needed less grip in the turns, but we learned we need that grip to maintain our speed," McGehee elaborated. "We gained a lot in the turns today.

"I think there are 650 miles on this engine now," he noted. "We may put a new engine in tonight but I don't know that for sure. If we do, hopefully that will give us some more speed tomorrow too.

"I sure hope the wind dies down tomorrow," he added.

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Series IndyCar
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