Ring and Pinion Lets Go on Schroeder, Halsmer and Volk at Sebring SEBRING, Fla., March 20 - The TRV Motorsport team was all set to crack into the top 10 in Saturday's Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring when the car's ring and ...
Ring and Pinion Lets Go on Schroeder, Halsmer and Volk at Sebring
SEBRING, Fla., March 20 - The TRV Motorsport team was all set to crack into the top 10 in Saturday's Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring when the car's ring and pinion failed, forcing the Toledo, Ohio-based team from the competition at Sebring Int'l Raceway with about a quarter of the event complete.
Drivers Jeret Schroeder of Vineland, N.J.; Pete Halsmer of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; and Tom Volk of Blissfield, Mich., started 20th and ended up 48th. Their Supreme Exhaust System Products/Purity Farms/Yokohama Tires No. 95 completed 87 laps.
There were both positives and negatives about the entire team's experience in the event, which was attended by some 100,000 people and covered live by ESPN and ESPN2.
Perhaps the biggest positive was the team's new 6-liter Chevy powerplant, which was prepared by Todd Hertel at Clements Racing Engines.
"Todd gave us absolutely great power," said Schroeder, who qualified the car, started the race and drove two stints. "We were as fast as the Dyson cars in a straight line, but they are still ahead of us in the set-up department and they'd get us in the turns. [The Dyson team won the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in January.]
"We'll get there; this is only the team's second race with this chassis. Obviously we're all disappointed with not finishing, but that happens sometimes."
Another positive was the team's Yokohama tires. "The Yokohama tire engineers told us we could do two stints on our tires, and they were right on," noted Halsmer, who also got two stints in before the trouble developed. "We went ahead and did two and a half stints on our Yokohamas because the grip and the tire wear were so great. They were very consistent and competitive, and speed-wise we were right there."
Halsmer also pointed out that the team had some help here at Sebring by one of its rivals: the Dyson team.
"I'd like to personally thank Pat Smith and James Weaver of Dyson Racing for helping us with the baseline [set-up] information before the race," Halsmer said. "That was a big help, and we all appreciated it."
"The team did a great job to get us through tech, which was a lengthy process here because of all the new rules," Schroeder pointed out. "This race was different for a lot of reasons. It was the first event in the new American Le Mans Series, and it attracted a lot of top entries from experienced European manufacturers. Their experience in building and racing cars to these new rules gave them a serious advantage here, but it's just the start. With a little more time on the track, we're looking forward to battling it out with the best of the traditional World Sports Cars.
"This was the first race that we've had enough power to stay with the Dyson cars, so that was encouraging. Debuting a new chassis at Daytona and the new engine here at Sebring were big steps forward for us as a team."
Volk, who never actually got to drive the car, was perhaps the most disappointed.
"TRV Motorsport does not DNF, so we don't like this," he said. "I mean three hours into the race and we're in eleventh place, and then this happens. It's beyond frustrating. For the first time in four years we gave up nothing on power, though.
"We found a problem with an engine sensor that hurt us on our fuel mileage too, and that cost us at least a lap a stop. It was a frustrating weekend, but we'll get 'em next time."