St. James, Schroeder and Volk To Start 11th Overall and Eighth in Class at Sebring SEBRING, Fla., March 20 - The Supreme Exhaust Systems Products/Purity Farms Chevy Kudzu fielded by TRV Motorsport of Toledo, Ohio will...
St. James, Schroeder and Volk To Start 11th Overall and Eighth in Class at Sebring
SEBRING, Fla., March 20 - The Supreme Exhaust Systems Products/Purity Farms Chevy Kudzu fielded by TRV Motorsport of Toledo, Ohio will start 11th Saturday morning when the Exxon Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring gets the green flag on the 3.758-mile Sebring International Raceway here.
Despite only having about 30 minutes of practice before his qualifying run, Jeret Schroeder of Vineland, N.J., qualified the car on Wednesday at an average speed of 104.944 mph. He will start the race Saturday morning for the three-driver team which also consists of six-time Indy 500 competitor Lyn St. James of Indianapolis and team owner Tom Volk of Blissfield, Mich. The team's qualifying time was eighth-fastest in its class, World Sports Cars, which is the top class in this event.
Rain, some of it torrential, marred the pre-race practice. The team has been getting consistently faster, however. It was 18th overall and ninth in class on the first practice session Wednesday, but by the time the first round of qualifying was over and more adjustments had been made it had earned the inside of the sixth row for the start of this event, the oldest sports car endurance race in the United States.
Thursday night's practice session was rained out and rescheduled for Friday night, but at press time showers threaten again. The team elected not to run in Friday afternoon's session in order to install a new clutch, but that was a planned change in order to prepare for the race.
"We were really fortunate to have a couple of dry sessions to work on the set-up, but unfortunately we didn't have as much time as we'd have liked due to the rain," said Schroeder, one of America's brightest rising motorsports stars. "For the limited track time we've had, everyone feels comfortable with the car and we're ready to go racing!"
The start of the race is scheduled to be broadcast live on ESPN at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday). More live coverage is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2, and there will be an update during RPM2Night at 7:30 p.m. on the same network. The finish will be shown at 10 p.m. on ESPN2, and taped highlights of the entire event are slated to be shown on ESPN2 on Saturday, March 28 at noon. All times are Eastern and subject to change.