Ibriefs:/I Mcgehee Back Strong
July 13, 2001 | 12:00 A.M. EST
Thanks to a fuel-conscious pit strategy, McGehee led 11 laps of the Ameristar Casino Indy 200 at Kansas Speedway in Cahill Racing’s No. 10 Dallara-Aurora. At the end of the 200-lap Indy Racing Northern Light Series race, McGehee found himself with his second top-10 finish of the season.
“They say that stress makes a bone heal better, so I should be all better now,” said McGehee, who finished 10th after starting 14th. “I was playing it really safe. The car was great.”
Along with his injuries, McGehee had to deal with air temperatures of almost 100 degrees. The St. Louis native is accustomed to the Midwest heat, but driving with a leg injury was a bit uncomfortable.
“My knee was vibrating against the steering column, so now I see how I got that one bruise during the crash at Texas,” he explained. “I need to ice down my leg now though, because I think I wrapped it too tight.
“It got a little numb on me there near the end, but I’m really happy that we led and finished in the top 10. I’ll take it. It’s great to be back.”
McGehee will get a couple of more weeks of recovery before the Harrah’s Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway on July 21.
There, McGehee will try to give himself a present for his 28th birthday, which is the day before the race.
Schroeder’s Future Uncertain: Jeret Schroeder’s nomadic year in the IRNLS might take another turn at the next race in Nashville.
Schroeder has competed with both Tri Star Motorsports and PDM Racing this season, but he doesn’t know who he’ll be driving for at the Harrah’s Indy 200 on July 21 or if he’ll even be racing.
“I have no idea.”
That’s how much Schroeder knows about his immediate future.
At Kansas Speedway on Sunday, Schroeder drove for PDM Racing, but he crashed on Lap 149. It is not known if the team will be able to repair the car in time for the next race.
“There was definitely some turbulent air involved, but I don’t really know what happened other than the rear stepped out two or three times,” Schroeder said. “I thought I collected it, but it kept stepping out further and further and then she was gone and we were into a big, slow spin and I hit the wall with the whole left side of the car.”
Schroeder, who finished second to Airton Dare in the Rookie of the Year race last season, was credited with a 15th-place at Kansas.
Schroeder is 20th in the points standings. His best finish of the year is a 14th at Homestead in April.
Calkins Continues Streak: He may not be a front-runner, but Buzz Calkins is one of the most consistent drivers competing in the IRNLS.
He demonstrated that again Sunday at Kansas, where Calkins finished his 10th straight race, dating back to the inaugural Kentucky race last season. Calkins holds the league record for consecutive races running at the finish at 13.
He placed 13th Sunday in his No. 12 Dallara-Aurora.
"We're disappointed," said Calkins, who is ninth in the points standings. "We worked on the Bradley Food Marts/ Sav-O-Mat Dallara all day but could never get the handling right."
Calkins has one career win and was the 1996 Indy Racing Northern Light Series co-champion with Scott Sharp.