Colorado Springs, CO: It was a lackluster day for the Treadway Racing team as drivers Robby McGehee and Shigeaki Hattori worked their way through handling difficulties on the slippery surface of the Pike's Peak International Raceway, and a bit...
Colorado Springs, CO: It was a lackluster day for the Treadway Racing team as drivers Robby McGehee and Shigeaki Hattori worked their way through handling difficulties on the slippery surface of the Pike's Peak International Raceway, and a bit of bad luck to finish with disappointing 13th and 17th place finishes.
Young McGehee in the #5 Mall.com entry lost one position over the course of the race from his 12th place starting position. A combination of bad luck, and ill handling made his day a bit tricky as the set-up on his 2000 G-Force package began to fade as soon as the race began. Fuel economy efforts were also thwarted by random yellow flags-pushing McGehee from 8th position to 13th in the last eight laps of the race. "It was a slippery one out there today," stated the 26 year-old St. Louis native. "We hung in the best we could but it just wasn't enough to be really competitive here. We tried to make up some positions in the pits with fuel strategy-but luck wasn't on our side and our late fueling stop pushed us back a bit. I guess you win some and lose some-but our finish was certainly not where I had hoped to be. I feel bad for the Treadway team because we had a great, competitive car, but it just seemed to fade away as the race progressed."
Teammate Shigeaki Hattori also suffered handling difficulties-to the point of spinning out at one point during the race. He was able to keep the car under control, but after advise from his crew chief Jamie Nanny and his engineer Mike Colliver, he brought the car into the pits and put an end to his efforts in the Radisson 200 just a few laps from the checkered flag to finish in the same position he started in-17th. "I am very disappointed for Epson and the Treadway team," said the Japanese driver. "The car just had a big push all the way around and after working with it throughout the race and adding more downforce-we ultimately decided that the smart and safe thing was to bring it in and park it. I had hoped to improve on our finish from the Texas race, but the slippery conditions of the track and the fading set-up just didn't allow that to happen."
McGehee is currently 10th in driver and entrant points for the Indy Racing Northern Light Series, with Hattori following in 21st.
The next event on the Northern Light Series schedule is the Atlanta 500 Classic on Saturday, July 15th at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.