NA-F2000: McGehee St. Petersburg report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 23, 1997 Tough Luck Strikes McGehee at St. Petersburg For more information contact: Rob Brown at (217) 345-1010 or brown@xcalibr.com ST. PETERSBURG, FL--Running in second place just twelve ...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 23, 1997

Tough Luck Strikes McGehee at St. Petersburg

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

ST. PETERSBURG, FL--Running in second place just twelve laps from the checkered flag, Robby McGehee lost his engine and did not finish today's Kash `N Karry Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Early on, things looked very good for the St. Louis native. Qualifying seventh for the US FF2000's second race of the season, McGehee quickly moved into fourth place. McGehee grabbed the third position ten laps later before an eight- car accident delayed action, and forced the field of cars to shut down their engines, while debris was being removed from the track.

When action resumed, McGehee quickly moved into second before overheating due to a cracked head resulted in the blown engine on his Hudson Foods/Energizer Van Diemen Ford. McGehee thought the delay may have had something to do with his misfortune. "The car was strong," McGehee said. "I think I may have restarted the engine a bit too soon before the restart. I was prepared to make a charge there at the end, but we didn't get that chance."

There is, however, a bit of positive news for last month's Disney 200 third place finisher. Each driver is allowed to drop his or her worst two races over the course of the season. That means if all goes well the rest of the way, McGehee will not suffer in the US FF2000 point standings.

For fans wishing to catch Robby in action, Sunday's race will be televised at 10:00 p.m. February 28 on Speedvision, while last month's Disney event will be broadcast on ESPN2 March 1 at 5:30 p.m. and March 4 at 4:00 a.m. All times listed are EST. The next stop on the US FF2000 circuit is the Phoenix 200 (with the Indy Racing League) on March 23.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Robby McGehee