FORT WORTH, June 7 - Without turning a hot lap earlier in the day, Robby McGehee of St. Louis qualified 17th Thursday night at Texas Motor Speedway for Saturday night's Casino Magic 500 Indy Racing Northern Light Series event. He was in...
FORT WORTH, June 7 - Without turning a hot lap earlier in the day, Robby McGehee of St. Louis qualified 17th Thursday night at Texas Motor Speedway for Saturday night's Casino Magic 500 Indy Racing Northern Light Series event.
He was in Cahill Racing's Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone #10. His official qualifying speed was 210.290 mph. He'll share row nine with Sarah Fisher for the start of the race Saturday night.
The qualifying session will be broadcast on ESPN2 from 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. EDT Saturday.
A half-hour live pre-race show will air at 6 p.m. EDT Saturday on ESPN prior to the live coverage of the 200-lap race itself on the same network starting at 8 p.m. EDT Saturday.
McGehee effectively lost the only practice session prior to qualifying when his car developed a steering mechanism problem Thursday afternoon. A second practice session later Thursday afternoon was rained out.
"I went out and flat-footed a car I hadn't had a hot lap on," McGehee said after climbing out of Cahill Racing's black #10.
"Something was wrong with our steering mechanism in practice, and I didn't get to do one hot lap before qualifying. My qualifying run was my first hot lap here with this car. Considering that I could have been in the wall this morning, that's not bad.
"The set-up was OK. The car was scrubbing on the front. We can work on that tomorrow."
There are two practice sessions scheduled Friday; one at 2:15 p.m. and the other at 5:15 p.m.
McGehee participated in a Media Day luncheon Wednesday afternoon at the track. That night he was one of six drivers who participated in a promotion at Six Flags Over Texas.
McGehee finished second in this race last year in the closest race in IRL history.