IRL: McGehee ready for Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 19 Not even a broken leg can slow Cahill Racing's Robby McGehee. Only one month after suffering a broken leg, cracked ribs and a concussion at Texas Motor Speedway on June 9, McGehee returned to lead 11 laps of...

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 19 Not even a broken leg can slow Cahill Racing's Robby McGehee.

Only one month after suffering a broken leg, cracked ribs and a concussion at Texas Motor Speedway on June 9, McGehee returned to lead 11 laps of the Ameristar Casino Indy 200 and finish a solid tenth at Kansas Speedway on July 8.

Bettering that in Saturday night's Harrah's Indy 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway would really put the icing on this birthday boy's cake. McGehee turns 28 tomorrow (Friday, July 20).

He will celebrate his birthday in a familiar city. McGehee attended Vanderbilt University before transferring to the University of Mississippi. He was graduated from the latter institution in 1997 with a degree in computer science.

With all this excitement, it's shaping up to be a thrilling weekend for McGehee and his entire team. Cahill Racing gave McGehee a great-handling car for the Kansas City race, and this weekend promises more of the same for the Parrallaxmusic.com/Nashville Quality Inns and Suites/Dallara/Aurora/Firestone #10.

ESPN will broadcast this weekend's festivities live. MBNA Pole Qualifying will be shown at 5:30 p.m. EDT tomorrow. The Harrah's Indy 200 will air live at 8 p.m. EDT on Saturday.

Since the day he was discharged from the hospital, McGehee has worked hard to get in shape to be able to resume racing. He's still on crutches, and he couldn't negotiate the tiny set of stairs leading up to the stage for drivers' introductions right before the Kansas City race. Instead he waved to the fans from a tire cart that one of his crewmembers drove in front of the stage when McGehee's name was announced.

On Saturday night he'll hop over to his race car rather than stroll confidently like his rivals, and then ease himself inside the cockpit of the black #10 and try to score another top-10 finish.

For once he's behind the wheel, it's pretty much "business as usual" for the gutsy charger from St. Louis making his first appearance in front of a sell-out Music City crowd.

They're sure to like his "never say die" story, which has all the ingredients of a good ol' country song.

-Cahill Racing

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