Rookie Year in Koni Challenge Only The Beginning... November 27, 2007 - As another one of open-wheel racing's sports-car converts, 19-year old Californian Scott Schroeder came in to TRG's 2007 Koni Challenge assault with a fresh attitude ...
Rookie Year in Koni Challenge Only The Beginning...
November 27, 2007 - As another one of open-wheel racing's sports-car converts, 19-year old Californian Scott Schroeder came in to TRG's 2007 Koni Challenge assault with a fresh attitude on approaching the series.
"I enjoyed my time in open wheel racing, but I found that the challenge of a Porsche was much more of a thrill. My dream has always been to drive in the 24 Hours of LeMans, and my family and I all agreed that the best place to start would be with a team that's won it." stated Schroeder, one TRG's second generation drivers, following in the footsteps of his father Paul who drove with the team several times in the past.
Thrills would be a great way to describe Scott's inaugural season. Driving in a series that has featured a number of LeMans winning teams and drivers, at the end of 2007 Scott can walk away knowing that he was as quick as any of them. With highlights including race leading drives, consistent top-five lap times during practice and race sessions, and a noticeable respect among all the top guys in the series, Scott is quickly being recognized as one of the series' best.
"Scott is one of our best examples of TRG's driver development program" stated an enthusiastic TRG team owner Kevin Buckler. "He has been involved with the team for years and once he committed to a full season, he was up to speed quickly and by the end he was just as quick as the team pros. He is really dedicated and a smart driver---I like that. We are all proud of him"
One of the reasons Scott decided to join TRG was because of his potential to learn through their driver development program. Utilizing the best available on-board data acquisition software and video, and coupling Scott with coaches like Rolex 24 winners Andy Lally and Spencer Pumpelly, Scott has instantly become a team leader, and now he finds himself being seen as a team coach!
"After working closely with guys like Andy and Spencer, I got to know the dynamics of the car pretty well. Not only did it pay off with my laptimes, but now I find myself teaching the SAME principles to some of the other guys!" stated Schroeder.
With 2007 coming to a close, Scott will continue in to 2008 with a major aim to win races and championships. Ask any of the pros, and they'd say it's a strong possibility.
"Scottie has been super-impressive, especially as a rookie," stated Andy Lally, TRG's outbound team leader. "He's not only whicked fast, but he has the fitness, the focus, and the overall attitude to do great things. Scott is going to be a real force next year."
"The entire Schroeder family has been one of TRG's best partners over the years," explained Kevin Buckler, "As we look towards 2008, I am extremely excited, and fortunate, to be able to work with a young man like Scott, and I look forward to watching his career as a professional driver progress even further."