IRL: Notebook 2001-10-11

Indy Racing Northern Light Series Notebook McGehee undergoes successful surgery; Panther opening doors INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001 - Indy Racing driver Robby McGehee underwent successful surgery Oct. 9 for follow-up procedures on his...

Indy Racing Northern Light Series Notebook
McGehee undergoes successful surgery; Panther opening doors

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001 - Indy Racing driver Robby McGehee underwent successful surgery Oct. 9 for follow-up procedures on his left leg, which was fractured in an accident during an Indy Racing Northern Light Series event in June.

The surgery took place at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in McGehee's hometown of St. Louis. McGehee was released from the hospital the next day and expects to be on crutches for two weeks.

1999 Indianapolis 500 Bank One Rookie of the Year McGehee will continue his aggressive rehabilitation and therapy program during the offseason and will be ready to race at the 2002 Indy Racing Northern Light Series opener on March 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

McGehee suffered the broken leg during a multi-car, late-race accident in the Casino Magic 500 on June 9 at Texas Motor Speedway. He missed only the next two races in the No. 10 Cahill Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone before returning at Kansas Speedway on July 8 and driving in the last six races of the season, including a season-best fourth July 21 at Nashville Superspeedway.

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Come one, come all: Pennzoil Panther Racing, 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series entrant champions, will open the doors of its new, 30,000 square-foot race shop to the public from noon-4 p.m. (EST) Oct. 13.

Several members of the team, including 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series champion Sam Hornish Jr., will attend the open house. Team co-owner Jim Harbaugh, a former Indianapolis Colts quarterback, will attend the open house from noon-1 p.m. Pennzoil Panther Racing and Indy Racing League merchandise will be on sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to IRL Ministry and the Best Buddies Foundation.

Pennzoil Panther Racing is located at 5101 Decatur Blvd., Suite P on Indianapolis' southwest side. The facility can be reached by traveling south on Kentucky Avenue to Sterling Point Road (approximately 1.2 miles south of Interstate 465). Head west on Sterling Point to the first building on the left. Pennzoil, the Indy Racing League, AmeriPlex and WFMS Radio (95.5 FM) all assisted in the promotion of this event.

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Helping out: The Indiana Sports Alumni Golf Classic will take place Oct. 16 at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Indianapolis, with proceeds benefiting the Davey Hamilton Recovery Fund.

The fund helps Hamilton during his rehabilitation and therapy from an accident in an Indy Racing Northern Light Series event in June at Texas Motor Speedway. Hamilton suffered severe injuries to his legs and feet.

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., and the shotgun start will be at noon. Dinner and awards will start at 6 p.m., after golf. Donations are accepted.

Team members may buy foursomes that include Indy Racing drivers for $750. There are many other sponsorship opportunities available. For sponsorship information, call Molly Beaver at (317) 955-2800, ext. 10.

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Hot laps: New Indy Racing Northern Light Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. met the press Oct. 11 through interviews with Indianapolis media and a satellite media tour with television stations across the United States. The interviews were conducted from Panther Racing's shop in Indianapolis ... Bradley Motorsports manager David Cripps and his wife, Joy, welcomed a baby boy into the world on the morning of Oct. 10.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby McGehee , Davey Hamilton , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Panther Racing