IRL: McGehee Texas II Friday notes

FORT WORTH, Oct. 5 0x2022 MBNA Pole Qualifying on Dallas Morning News Day for tomorrow's Chevy 500 Indy Racing Northern Light Series race was rained out Friday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway. The starting line-up will be based on entrant...

FORT WORTH, Oct. 5 0x2022 MBNA Pole Qualifying on Dallas Morning News Day for tomorrow's Chevy 500 Indy Racing Northern Light Series race was rained out Friday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway. The starting line-up will be based on entrant points, so Robby McGehee will take the green flag from the 19th starting spot tomorrow in Cahill Racing's Parallaxmusic.com/Pringles/Dollar Rent-a-Car Dallara Aurora Firestone #10.

The 200-lap season finale is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. CDT tomorrow and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

The race was originally scheduled for Sept. 16 but was postponed due to the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

The rain held off long enough for a short practice session Friday at 4 p.m. so the 26 entrants could get a feel for the new track surface which was applied after their appearance here in June.

"The track was really nice and smooth," McGehee said after Friday's practice. "We couldn't tell too much from that session because of the conditions. The wind coupled with the track temperature kept us all pretty slow, so there's not too much to say."

A two-hour practice session is slated for Saturday morning beginning at 8:30 a.m. to allow the teams to work on their cars' set-up prior to race time.

Texas Motor Speedway always seems to be memorable for McGehee. He and Scott Sharp posted the closest finish in Indy Racing history during a race here in June 2000, but this June he suffered the worst accident of his career here, breaking his left leg in 10 places and sustaining a concussion, a separated shoulder and cracked ribs.

When asked if he thought about his June accident during the first few laps here today, McGehee said, "No; it never even crossed my mind."

McGehee will be admitted to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in his hometown of St. Louis on Tuesday for follow-up surgery on his left leg.

McGehee expects to spend two nights in the hospital for this operation. His doctors believe he'll be able to put weight on the leg within a week following this surgery, and he'll be 100% recuperated in a few weeks.

McGehee has been racing even with his injuries, finishing fourth just a month and a half after the accident even though he was on crutches at the time. (He is able to walk without crutches now.)

However, his mother, Janet, is on crutches here this week. She suffered torn ligaments in her right ankle in a freak accident while walking two of Robby's dogs last week: Lucky, a 65-lb. golden retriever, and Bo, a 150-lb. Akita. They bolted when they saw another dog, the leashes became wrapped around her leg, and she fell. She is expected to be back to normal in three to six weeks.

Both mother and son are continuing aggressive workout programs to speed their recoveries.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby McGehee , Scott Sharp