IRL: McGehee Kansas qualifying

KANSAS CITY, Kan., July 7 - Robby McGehee put Cahill Racing's Parallaxmusic.com/ Kansas City Airport Marriott/Dollar Rent A Car Dallara/Aurora/Firestone ...

KANSAS CITY, Kan., July 7 - Robby McGehee put Cahill Racing's Parallaxmusic.com/ Kansas City Airport Marriott/Dollar Rent A Car Dallara/Aurora/Firestone #10 into the field for Sunday afternoon's Ameristar Casino Indy 200 at Kansas Speedway Saturday with a solid qualifying run of 210.850 mph. The inaugural Indy Racing Northern Light Series race at Kansas Speedway will be broadcast live on ABC at 1 p.m. Eastern. McGehee will start on the outside of row seven beside Jaques Lazier when polesitter Scott Sharp takes the green flag tomorrow.

McGehee has to use crutches to hobble over to his car. His left leg was broken in 10 places and he received a concussion and cracked ribs only 28 days ago at the series' race at Texas Motor Speedway. He has undergone strenuous physical therapy sessions since he was discharged from Parkland Hospital in Dallas on June 14. He only missed two races: Pikes Peak June 17 and Richmond June 30.

Despite all this, McGehee said his biggest problem Saturday was the intense heat that everyone at Kansas Speedway is suffering through this weekend. Temperatures at the track in the afternoon were over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

"The car went to a push," McGehee said after his qualifying run. "We're about 1 mph off where we practiced at. The track is a little slippery. That's due to the push, but it's slippery in general partly due to the truck race and mostly due to the heat. The tires aren't coming up to speed right away. My leg is feeling great, and my sore throat is better too. I can talk today. I feel good. My biggest problem is the same as everyone else's â^À^Ô the heat.

"I don't think we're going to set the world on fire my first race back, but overall I think we're doing pretty well," McGehee concluded. "The facility is awesome. It's second to none, and I'm really happy to be here."

-CR/LM

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby McGehee , Scott Sharp , Jaques Lazier