Robby McGehee

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Robby McGehee
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McGehee in 2014
Nationality American
Born (1973-07-20) July 20, 1973 (age 41)
St. Louis, Missouri
Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Years active 1999-2004
Teams Conti Racing
Treadway Racing
Cahill Racing
Beck Motorsports
Cheever Racing
Panther Racing
PDM Racing
Starts 38
Wins 0
Poles 0
Best finish 12th in 2000
Awards
1999 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year

Robby McGehee (born July 20, 1973) is an Indy Racing League driver from St. Louis, Missouri. He won the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award in 1999 after finishing fifth and raced for veteran owner Fred Treadway the next few seasons. By 2002 Treadway's team had closed and McGehee bounced around several teams and last raced in the '500 for PDM Racing in 2004.

In third grade, McGehee wrote a paper saying that when he grew up, he wanted to be a professional race car driver. McGehee got started in racing in 1994 when he went to Skip Barber Racing School with his mother. McGehee finished second in the Formula 2000 series Road to Indy Oval Crown series, including wins at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1998.

The 1999 VisionAire 500K at Charlotte was the first IndyCar race he qualified for, starting 13th. The race however, was cancelled after 79 laps due to spectator fatalities and struck from the record. McGehee was running 9th when the race was stopped. Later that month, the 1999 Indianapolis 500 would be his first official start in the IRL. He finished fifth in that race. Later that week, Robby presented his Rookie of the Year trophy to team mechanic Steve Fried, who was severely injured in a pit lane accident during the race, while he was in the hospital.[1]

In 2004, he was to have a fully sponsored effort, but the deal fell through weeks before the race. He was able to get backing from a St. Louis business (his hometown) and eventually Burger King. In order to qualify, he had to sweat out a possible qualification effort by Tony Stewart that never came to pass.

Robby currently lives in St. Louis, with his wife, Norma (married in 2005), and works for his father's company, Huntleigh-McGehee. He is the father of triplets born on April 27, 2009.

Racing record[edit]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1999 Conti Racing WDW PHX CLT
C
INDY
5
TXS
19
PPI
DNS
ATL
14
DOV
9
PP2
7
LVS
6
TX2
12
16th 156
2000 Treadway Racing WDW
10
PHX
24
LVS
6
INDY
21
TXS
2
PPI
13
ATL
4
KTY
14
TX2
24
12th 174
2001 Cahill Racing PHX
8
HMS
12
ATL
21
INDY
11
TXS
14
PPI RIR KAN
10
NSH
4
KTY
18
STL
10
CHI
20
TX2
14
16th 196
2002 Cahill Racing HMS
14
PHX
21
FON
17
NZR
13
INDY
DNQ
TXS 21st 142
Beck Motorsports PPI
17
RIR
9
KAN
13
NSH MIS KTY
Treadway Racing STL
12
CHI
Team Cheever TX2
13
2003 Panther Racing HMS PHX MOT INDY
25
TXS PPI RIR KAN NSH MIS STL KTY NZR CHI FON TX2 35th 5
2004 PDM Racing HMS PHX MOT INDY
22
TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MIS KTY PPI NZR CHI FON TX2 30th 12

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1999 Dallara Oldsmobile 27 5 Conti Racing
2000 G-Force Oldsmobile 12 21 Treadway Racing
2001 Dallara Oldsmobile 14 11 Cahill Racing
2002 Dallara Chevrolet DNQ Cahill Racing
2003 Dallara Chevrolet 31 25 Panther Racing
2004 Dallara Chevrolet 33 22 PDM Racing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steve Fried Medical Update, Motorsport.com, June 4, 1999

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Steve Knapp
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

1999
Succeeded by
Juan Pablo Montoya