Jeret Schroeder Final Qualifying Effort

MONTEREY, Calif., Oct. 10 - Jeret Schroeder of Vineland, N.J., improved his time by a full second Saturday in the second round of qualifying for Sunday's VISA Sportscar Championships American Le Mans series race at Laguna Seca Raceway....

MONTEREY, Calif., Oct. 10 - Jeret Schroeder of Vineland, N.J., improved his time by a full second Saturday in the second round of qualifying for Sunday's VISA Sportscar Championships American Le Mans series race at Laguna Seca Raceway. The Supreme Exhaust System Products/Purity Farms/Racer Parts Wholesale #95 of Schroeder and co-driver Tom Volk of Blissfield, Mich., will start 15th Sunday at noon in the 2-hour, 45-minute race around Laguna Seca's hilly 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course. The TRV Motorsport team has been plagued by a problem with its engine management system which causes an intermittent and persistent miss in the Riley & Scott's Chevy engine. The 20-minute second round of qualifying Saturday afternoon was the first time all weekend that the engine did not miss, but only time will tell if the problem has been solved or not. Schroeder's best lap in the first round of qualifying on Friday took 1:22.331 (97.858 mph) and put him in 15th place on the provisional grid. On Saturday he improved that with a circuit at 1:21.100 (99.344 mph), but some other teams went faster too and he remains 15th in the unofficial 44-car starting lineup. "The engine didn't miss in that session and we did go faster, so that's good," Schroeder said. "Unfortunately this time I had no brakes. The brake pads we put on before qualifying didn't come in.

"A lot of people are doing their best to try to solve the miss; the entire TRV team; our engine builder, Todd Hertel; and the guys from MoTec are all working hard. Whether we have the problem solved or not, none of us know. We'll just have to start the race tomorrow, take things as they develop and hope we can finish. But at least the Supreme Exhaust System Products/Purity Farms/Racer Parts Wholesale car did go faster today than it did yesterday, so that's encouraging." Tomorrow's race will be televised on CNBC on a same-day, taped-delayed basis from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. EDT. In May Schroeder became the first New Jersey resident to make the field for the Indy 500 in 16 years. He qualified 21st and finished 15th in his first Indy 500 in the Purity Farms G-Force Infiniti fielded by Cobb Racing and 1990 Le Mans winner Price Cobb. One other driver who ran in this year's Indy 500 is competing in this sports car endurance race at Laguna Seca this weekend: Stan Wattles. He still start 19th tomorrow in a Riley & Scott Ford.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Jeret Schroeder , Price Cobb , Stan Wattles