NA-F2000: McGehee Orlando report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 26, 1997 McGehee Takes Third at Disney For further information contact: Rob Brown at (217) 345-1010 or brown@xcalibr.com St. Louis native Robby McGehee began the 1997 United ...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 26, 1997

McGehee Takes Third at Disney

For further information contact: Rob Brown at (217) 345-1010 or brown@xcalibr.com

St. Louis native Robby McGehee began the 1997 United States Formula Ford 2000 campaign with a thrilling third place finish at Walt Disney World Speedway Jan, 24.

The 50-lap US FF2000 event, the only professional support race for the Indy Racing League's (IRL) Disney 200, featured the most exciting wheel-to-wheel racing of the weekend.

Starting from the fourth position, McGehee took his #18 Hudson Foods/Energizer '94 Van Diemen Ford to the front of the 36-car field before lap one had ended. That is where he stayed until lap 36, when a group of three cars used the draft to drop McGehee to fourth. However, a combination of experience, patience, and great driving paid off as McGehee took back a spot with electrifying pass in turn one with five laps remaining. From there, McGehee held on for his first professional podium finish.

Key Motorsports team owner, Steve Djelebian praised his young driver.

"Robby drove very well," Djelebian said. "He (Robby) didn't get angry and overdrive the car. He stayed calm and did a very good job. The rest of the top ten finishers were in the new `97 Van Diemens. I can't wait to see what (Robby) does when we get our `97 next month."

In the podium interview conducted by ESPN, McGehee thanked his team and sponsors.

"The team did a great job in preparing the car," McGehee said. "The `94 Van Diemen handled perfectly."

The three-day race weekend attracted more than 100,000 fans despite the threat of bad weather.

Three-time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond, finished 20th, while Larry Foyt, son of Indy legend A.J. Foyt, did not finish due to mechanical difficulties.

The USFF race at Disney will be televised March 1 at 5:30pm EST on ESPN2. The next stop on the USFF circuit will be the Kash `N Karry Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on February 23.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Robby McGehee , Larry Foyt , A.J. Foyt