Schroeder to Start 15th Sunday
BRASELTON, Ga., April 17 - Jeret Schroeder of Vineland, N.J., will start 15th Sunday afternoon in the American Le Mans Series race at Road Atlanta. The two-hour and 45-minute event is scheduled to start at 2 p.m., and will be covered in a combination live/tape-delayed telecast on CNBC from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Sunday. The event is called the Grand Prix of Road Atlanta presented by Lease Plan.
Schroeder qualified 18th Saturday afternoon, but three cars ahead of his Supreme Exhaust System Products/Purity Farms Chevy Riley & Scott No. 95 were subsequently juggled to the back of the prototype field. That moved everybody else in that class up, including Schroeder's TRV Motorsport team, which is based in Toledo, Ohio.
Schroeder will start the race tomorrow and then share the driving duties with team owner and co-driver Tom Volk of Blissfield, Mich. Schroeder's best lap in qualifying was a 1:17.882 for an average speed of 117.408 mph around the 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course.
The Riley & Scott Judd of the provisional polesitter, the team of Mimmo Schiattarella and Eric van de Poele, didn't pass the post-qualifying technical inspection due to its bodywork being too long and it was relegated to the rear of the prototype field. The car that was going to start second, a Panoz driven by David Brabham and Eric Bernard, elected to go back there too when that team flat-spotted its tires and decided not to start on the same tires it had on when it qualified, which is against the rules. The third car involved, a Riley & Scott driven by George Robinson and Jack Baldwin, didn't pass tech due to an airbox infraction so it lost its original tenth-place starting spot too.
"In a race this long your starting position isn't crucial, but I thought we would go faster than we did in qualifying," Schroeder said. "We're going over everything and we're all thinking about some changes we could make for tomorrow's race that could help. Our team is great and so is our engine builder, so we'll just give it our best shot and try to be there at the finish. We're in pretty good shape."