IRL: Jeret Schroeder Qualifies 8th at Las Wegas

LAS VEGAS, April 21 - Jeret Schroeder and the Tri Star Motorsports team put everything together when it counted Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in MBNA qualifying for Saturday's Vegas Indy 300 Indy Racing Northern Light race. ...

LAS VEGAS, April 21 - Jeret Schroeder and the Tri Star Motorsports team put everything together when it counted Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in MBNA qualifying for Saturday's Vegas Indy 300 Indy Racing Northern Light race. The Vineland, N.J. driver and his team qualified 0.576 miles per hour faster than their Armour Swift-Eckrich/tristarmall.com Dallara Aurora #6 ran in practice to earn the eighth starting spot for Saturday afternoon's race with an average speed of 205.409 mph. Schroeder was the fastest rookie qualifier, which earned him a $2,500 bonus and a plaque from The Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada. Schroeder was only 0.390 seconds off Mark Dismore's pole-winning run over the 1.5-mile superspeedway. "The Armour Swift-Eckrich car ran great," Schroeder said. "It's comfortable and it's real consistent. I just went out and was able to go flat out. The conditions were right, we put everything together and it worked out for us." Schroeder had been 12th-fastest overall in practice Thursday and 20th Friday morning. His best lap in practice was a circuit at 204.833 mph. "We were experimenting with some different exhaust layouts yesterday and this morning that didn't work out the way we thought they would," he explained. "We should have gone faster yesterday afternoon, but that late yellow flag in that session cost us some. Then we came out this morning with the wrong header collector package and lost more speed, so we went back to what we knew worked, and we ended up qualifying faster than we were able to run anytime in practice. "I'm happy," he continued. "My goal tomorrow is to see the checkered flag on the lead lap. If we can do that and stay clean and safe, then we should be able to give them a run for the money at the end of the race." Saturday's race is scheduled to be broadcast live at 3:30 p.m. EDT tomorrow on ABC, with Bob Jenkins, Tom Sneva, Jack Arute and Vince Welch manning the microphones. The Indy Racing 2Day preview show will air live at 3 p.m. EDT tomorrow on ESPN2. MBNA pole qualifying was televised on a tape-delayed basis at 5:30 p.m. EDT Friday on ESPN2. The Indy Racing Radio Network will also broadcast the race live beginning at 3 p.m. tomorrow. On Thursday Schroeder was the celebrity Indy Racing Northern Light driver on The Orleans Hotel and Casino team in the second annual Sam Schmidt's Karting for Kids 500 hour-long go-kart race, which was held on a third-mile track in the infield of LVMS. The team finished third in the event, which benefits Speedway Children's Charities. This non-profit foundation distributes funds to charities providing emotional, medical and social services to children in need. Schroeder was also delighted to see Schmidt at the annual Treadway Racing poolside party Thursday night at The Orleans. Schmidt, whom Schroeder competed against in both Formula 2000 and IRL events, was paralyzed following a crash at Walt Disney World Speedway in Florida Jan. 6 during a practice session. The two have been friends for years.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mark Dismore , Jeret Schroeder , Tom Sneva