ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 5 Robby McGehee very likely holds a distinction that no other driver entered in this coming Sunday's Belterra Resort Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway holds: He won his last race. Not even Buddy Lazier, who won...
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 5 Robby McGehee very likely holds a distinction that no other driver entered in this coming Sunday's Belterra Resort Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway holds: He won his last race.
Not even Buddy Lazier, who won three of the last four Indy Racing events including the last race, July 21 at Nashville Superspeedway, can make that claim. Unfortunately Lazier was involved in an accident in the last race he competed in, the International Race of Champions season finale at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, and he wasn't able to finish that event.
McGehee, on the other hand, earned his first pole position ever and won the American Cities Racing League (ACRL) race Sunday at Road America. The St. Louis-based driver also set the fastest lap recorded in that race and for the entire weekend's action at Road America, in fact.
On Sunday McGehee was in a car that was brand-new to him: Duke Johnson's Team Duke Racing Carbir.
Johnson drove in the race too and finished second.
A third driver representing St. Louis in the event, Jeff Clinton, finished fifth. Together the trio earned enough points to also bring home the "top city" honors for St. Louis Sunday.
McGehee's fastest race lap (2:19.46) was even faster than the time he recorded in winning the pole (2:19.6) for the 12-lap race around Road America's 4-mile road course.
He took the lead on lap four.
"I had a ball!" McGehee said of his winning weekend.
McGehee is operating under conditions unlike any other driver at Road America on Sunday or at Kentucky Speedway next Sunday is dealing with, too: He can't walk unassisted to his race car. McGehee finished in the top 10 in the last two Indy Racing events including an incredible fourth at Nashville even though he's on crutches from a severely broken leg suffered in an Indy Racing event June 9 at Texas Motor Speedway.
"My leg doesn't hurt at all," McGehee contends, adding that he might be off his crutches soon.
Neither McGehee, the latest "Iron Man" of the IRL, or Lazier, who has always been stoic about the back pain he deals with from a racing accident several years ago, let things like broken bones get in the way of their racing if at all possible.
Lazier, the defending race winner at Kentucky; McGehee and all the other stars of the Indy Racing Northern Light series will get this coming weekend's activities at Kentucky Speedway underway on Friday morning (Aug. 10) with practice. Qualifying is slated for noon on Saturday (Aug. 11), with the 200-lap Belterra Indy 300 slated to get the green flag at 1:30 p.m. this coming Sunday (Aug. 12). All 200 laps will be covered live on ABC.
McGehee, riding high from his perfect weekend at Road America, will be in the black #10 Cahill Racing Dallara/Aurora/Firestone with sponsorship from Parallaxmusic.com, Pringles0x00a9, the Cincinnati Airport Marriott and Dollar Rent- a-Car.
A pre-race show will be aired on ESPN2 live at 11 a.m. Sunday. Qualifying will be shown on a tape-delayed basis at midnight Saturday on the same network.