Colorado Springs, CO: The Treadway Racing stable is keeping up the momentum today at the Pike's Peak International Raceway as qualifications were completed under very familiar skies. Cold temperatures and some early morning rain moved the daily...
Colorado Springs, CO: The Treadway Racing stable is keeping up the momentum today at the Pike's Peak International Raceway as qualifications were completed under very familiar skies. Cold temperatures and some early morning rain moved the daily schedule back approximately an hour, but the weather held off to allow the Northern Light Series teams to qualify and even run a full tank session at the end of the day. Both team drivers, Robby McGehee and Shigeaki Hattori find themselves on tomorrow's starting grid in very familiar places.
With an echo of Texas in the air, the #5 Mall.com car will start in 12th position on the grid for tomorrow's race with a qualifying time of 20.936 and a top speed of 171.953 mph. This will place him on the outside of row six for tomorrow's race. While not quite what young McGehee was hoping for, raceday always proves the point and McGehee is still carrying the momentum from his gripping 2nd place finish at the Texas Motor Speedway last weekend. "We were definitely flat all the way around today," he stated. "I think we left a little on the table today, but the car is right where we knew it would be. The Treadway Racing team did a great job preparing the Mall.com car and I know we have what it takes for a great finish tomorrow."
Teammate Shigeaki Hattori is out to improve on his 8th place finish from last weekend's spectacular race. While struggling a bit early on in practice with some handling questions in his #55 Epson entry, the Japanese driver is pleased to start the Radisson Indy 200 tomorrow on the inside of row nine in 17th position with a time of 20.986 and a speed of 171.543-just a few hundredths of a second off of McGehee's run. Hattori-who was awarded the MCI Long Distance Award for most improved position, and the Highest Finishing Rookie Award at his inaugural Indy Racing Northern Light Series race-is satisfied with his starting position, as he knows that he has what it takes to get to the front during the 200 mile race tomorrow afternoon. "We seemed to have a bit of a push all the way around the track today in practice," said the 34 year-old racing veteran. "To compensate we had to put more downforce in the car for qualifications and it made a difference. We had better balance this afternoon on our full tank runs, so I really think we will be just fine on raceday."
Final full tank runs today proved that the Treadway raceday set-up is a good one, as both drivers improved their positions with McGehee jumping up to 9th on the scoring charts, and Hattori just behind him in 14th.
A favorite track in Treadway history, the team can boast of last year's spectacular performances with two top-five starts-including a tie for pole position, and two top-five finishes-including a second place podium finish at the June race with driver Sam Schmidt.
The Radisson Indy 200 will be broadcast tomorrow on ABC Sports at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
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