TRV Motorsport's Schroeder and Volk Rebound from Fire a Year Ago to Record a Solid Finish In U.S. Road Racing Classic at Mid-Ohio Sunday LEXINGTON, Ohio, June 4 - Anyone who remembers TRV ...
TRV Motorsport's Schroeder and Volk Rebound from Fire a Year Ago to Record a Solid Finish In U.S. Road Racing Classic at Mid-Ohio Sunday
LEXINGTON, Ohio, June 4 - Anyone who remembers TRV Motorsport's charred Riley & Scott after a fire at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last June wouldn't have been surprised if the only place that car would have been seen again would be in photographs. That certainly isn't the case, however, as Jeret Schroeder and team owner Tom Volk drove that very same car, rebuilt and proudly carrying the colors of sponsors Supreme Exhaust System Products and Racer Parts Wholesale, to a top-10 finish Sunday in the 2000 edition of Mid-Ohio's U.S. Road Racing Classic.
After qualifying eighth, Schroeder and Volk finished seventh in the SportsRacer class and eighth overall Sunday in the 111-lap/250-mile event, sanctioned by the Grand American Road Racing Association. A total of 41 cars started the race.
Schroeder, of Vineland, N.J., started and finished the race, with Volk, of Blissfield, Mich., handling the middle stint for the Toledo, Ohio-based TRV Motorsport team. The car was pushing throughout the race so they both had their hands full, but they both drove extremely well, stayed out of trouble and finished the race without any contact marks at all on the car.
With just two different turns of luck their placing would have been even higher. They made a pit stop for a driver change and then seconds later a full-course yellow flew, giving their rivals who hadn't pitted yet an advantage. They also had to make a pit stop for a 14-second splash of fuel near the end in order to go the distance, and with the time they lost for both of those things they would have finished at least one position higher.
"Our engine, which was prepared by Todd Hertel, ran perfectly but we had a five-liter engine to the other cars' six-liter ones, so we were underpowered compared to them," Volk said. "The electrical problems that plagued us last year are gone thanks to Todd, and we're grateful that our Pirelli tires held up so well. Jeret drove really well like he always does. He ran laps near the end of the race on used Pirellis which were actually faster than he qualified, which is really saying something for Pirelli too."
Both drivers commented on some wild moves by their rivals. "I'm surprised we have a front splitter left, because I came up on some guys pretty fast," Schroeder said after the race. "Some of these guys were insane.
"It pushed really badly all day so we both had to work hard," Schroeder added. "The brakes got soft under full-course cautions but then they came back up. We worked them hard and abused them."
"The last pit stop for fuel was sort of funny," Volk added. "We knew we had to fuel it for at least 14 seconds. I had a stopwatch in my hand and 14 seconds seemed like a really long time. I wacked poor Kirk [Moellenberg] pretty hard on the back to let him know the 14 seconds were up and he could stop putting fuel in and let Jeret go back out.
"All in all it was a good finish for the team, and certainly a lot better than last year," Volk summarized. "We'll have our six-liter engine in at our next race, which will be at Daytona at the end of the month. That should be a lot of fun too!"
Sunday's race, which was won by Jack Baldwin and George Robinson in a Riley & Scott Judd, will be televised on Speedvision and FOX Sports Net the weekend of June 18. Check local listings for the exact times.