Iindy Notes/I Mcgehee Returns

Robby McGehee was cleared to drive May 13 in the 86th Indianapolis 500 after suffering small fractures in his upper spine and lower left leg in an accident during practice May 5 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, said Dr. Henry Bock, Indy Racing League director of medical services.

The 1999 Indianapolis 500 Bank One Rookie of the Year McGehee became the first driver to hit the new SAFER (Steel And Foam Energy Reduction) barrier, making contact in Turn 3 on Opening Day of practice.

McGehee spun entering Turn 3 of the 2.5-mile oval, hit the SAFER barrier with the rear of the No. 10 Cahill Racing entry and then continued into the barrier with the right side of the car before coming to rest between Turns 3 and 4.

Practice resumes at 11 a.m. (EST) Wednesday, with the final day of qualifying, Bump Day, scheduled to start at noon Sunday.

Mark Dismore, who suffered a concussion in an accident during practice May 9, has not been cleared to drive, Bock said. Dismore's status will be determined after an evaluation sometime this week, Bock said.

Schmidt Finds Sponsorship
Norwalk Furniture announced a season-long associate sponsorship of Sam Schmidt Motorsports beginning with the 86th Indianapolis 500.

In celebration of Norwalk's 100-year anniversary, the Norwalk Furniture logo will be displayed on the No. 99 Sam Schmidt Motorsports season entry driven by Anthony Lazzaro and the No. 20 Grill2Go entry for the Indianapolis 500 driven by Richie Hearn.

Norwalk Furniture is a 100-year-old family business manufacturing and retailing custom-order upholstered furniture.

"The upscale audience of motor racing, and Indy Racing in particular, creates an opportunity, through our association with Sam Schmidt Motorsports, to expose Norwalk to potential franchisee and consumers," said Jim Gerken, chairman and CEO. "The atmosphere of excellence and professionalism, which the Indy Racing League has created, reinforces the positive attributes of our brand, which have attracted consumers to our stores across the United States and Canada."

Said team owner Sam Schmidt: "It's an honor to represent Norwalk Furniture, a company steeped in tradition. I'm really happy to have them on board for the season and truly appreciate their support. And I look forward to celebrating their 100-year anniversary with a trip to Victory Lane."

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