IRL: Jeret Schroeder Indy 500 Practice Weekend Wrap-Up

Schroeder Runs 218.648 mph First Weekend at Indy INDIANAPOLIS, May 16 - The pride of Vineland, N.J., and the entire Northeast, Jeret Schroeder, ran about 32 laps Saturday and 39 laps Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the...

Schroeder Runs 218.648 mph First Weekend at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, May 16 - The pride of Vineland, N.J., and the entire Northeast, Jeret Schroeder, ran about 32 laps Saturday and 39 laps Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Purity Farms G-Force Infiniti No. 96. His top speed for the weekend was at 218.648 mph, which he ran on Saturday. His best lap on Sunday was at an average speed of 216.654 mph.

Schroeder's top speed over the weekend was 2.052 mph faster than he ran during the Rookie Orientation Program (ROP) here last month. He was the fastest of all 10 drivers gunning for the Bank One Rookie of the Year Award during ROP.

"We were just going out and double-checking things this weekend, and doing a few laps just to get comfortable again," Schroeder said. "218.648 isn't bad. We have a full week ahead of us to get the car even better. The Cobb Racing team is working hard, and we're rolling."

In addition to getting comfortable with the car and the track, Schroeder is becoming immersed in the experience of being a Pep Boys Indy Racing League driver at Indy, with all the fan attention and public appearances that go with that distinction.

"These fans are incredible!" he said. "I'm having as much fun with the fans as I am out on the track. I've never signed so many autographs and posed for so many pictures. The fans at Indy really do support their drivers and they really know racing. It's great!"

On Sunday morning before practice, Schroeder and fellow Pep Boys Indy Racing League driver Scott Harrington visited with patients from the children's ward of Riley Children's Hospital, who were being entertained by Rolls-Royce in that company's Tower Suite overlooking the frontstretch. Another highlight was a luncheon at the Indianapolis Athletic Club on Thursday.

"Jeret is doing great!" said Cobb Racing owner Price Cobb. "I'm more than pleased. I asked him if the wind bothered him on Sunday and he said he hardly even felt it. He seems very comfortable in the car, and now we'll just work on getting more speed out of it and get ready for qualifying next weekend."

Schroeder is attempting to become the first driver from New Jersey to compete in the Indy 500 in 16 years.

The track will be open for practice from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day this coming week prior to qualifications next Saturday and Sunday. The race, the world's largest single-day sporting event, is scheduled for Sunday, May 30.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jeret Schroeder , Price Cobb , Scott Harrington