Rain hits before McGehee qualifies for Indy 500. INDIANAPOLIS, May 19 -- St. Louis's Robby McGehee made one attempt to qualify for the Indy 500 Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Scottrade.com/Dollar Rent a Car/Best Buy RV Dallara...
Rain hits before McGehee qualifies for Indy 500.
INDIANAPOLIS, May 19 -- St. Louis's Robby McGehee made one attempt to qualify for the Indy 500 Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Scottrade.com/Dollar Rent a Car/Best Buy RV Dallara Chevy, but team owner Larry Cahill waved the run off when it wouldn't have been fast enough to survive the bumping procedure. Each entry gets up to three chances, so the Cahill team made a gear change and some other alterations in an effort to try again, but quals were rained out before they were able to make another attempt.
McGehee's first attempt came at 2:03 p.m. His first lap was run at an average speed of 224.083 mph and his second one was at an average speed of 223.393. He was waved off on lap three of four.
In the morning practice session McGehee ran a lap at 224.6 mph before Billy Boat crashed his back-up car to halt practice, which was also rained out later.
"We just ran out of time," McGehee said matter of factly after returning to the garage area after qualifying was cut short by rain. "Our team made a heroic effort, but we just didn't have time to regroup from our accident on opening day.
"The news walls are great, but the new diamond-grooving made the track totally different. I think that played a role too," he said.
"On our qualifying run we were expecting a 226 or a 227 [mph lap], but one of our rear tires was so out of balance that I could barely see.
"After we waved that first run off we changed gears and made some other changes, but it didn't matter because of the rain.
"Everyone on the Cahill team worked extremely hard and we're all disappointed both for ourselves and for our sponsors, Scottrade, Dollar Rent a Car and Best Buy RVs, and for the Think First Foundation. I'm going to take the crew over to Champions at the Downtown Indianapolis Marriott and buy them all a round of Buds, because they tried their best. We all did."