IRL: Notebook 2002-01-04

Schroeder testing for Rolex 24; Kelley moves into new shop INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Jan. 4, 2002 - Indy Racing veteran Jeret Schroeder is testing Jan. 4-5 at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the Rolex 24 on Feb. 2-3, 2002....

Schroeder testing for Rolex 24; Kelley moves into new shop

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Jan. 4, 2002 - Indy Racing veteran Jeret Schroeder is testing Jan. 4-5 at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the Rolex 24 on Feb. 2-3, 2002. Schroeder will drive the No. 95 Supreme Exhaust System Products/Racer Parts Wholesale/ Purity Products Riley & Scott Chevy with TRV Motorsports teammates Tom Volk, John Macaluso and John Schneider in the Sports Prototype class. "It's a lot of fun," Schroeder said. "The one thing that really drew me to do this type of racing was the atmosphere. Once I got my feet wet, it really reminded me of the good 'ol experiences, the camaraderie that I had in club racing before I started my professional career. "The whole TRV Motorsports guys are a great bunch of guys. I keep in touch with a lot of them throughout the year." The 2002 event will be Schroeder's fifth year competing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona with the TRV Motorsports team, which had its best finish, eighth, in 1998.

Schroeder will join fellow Indy Racing drivers Scott Sharp and Anthony Lazzaro in this year's Rolex 24 endurance sports-car race on the 3.56-mile road course at Daytona 1996 Indy Racing co-champion Sharp will co-drive a Ford Riley & Scott with team owner Jim Matthews, Indianapolis 500 veteran Robby Gordon and Le Mans veteran Guy Smith. The team was fastest in testing Jan. 3 at 126.326 mph.

Indy Racing rookie Lazzaro will drive a Nissan Lola along with teammates Bill Rand, Terry Borcheller and Ralf Kelleners.

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Kelley Racing moves: Kelley Racing has moved into a new Indianapolis shop and is busy preparing its cars for drivers Scott Sharp and Greg Ray for the 2002 Indy Racing League season.

The new, 34,000-square-foot facility is situated on 8 acres of land.

Sharp and Ray will begin their 2002 testing program for Kelley during the annual Test in the West starting Feb. 6 at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif Ray, who joins the team this season, will drive the No. 7 Kelley Racing entry. Sharp will be in his customary No. 8. Both cars will be Dallara chassis with 2002 update kits and powered by Chevrolet engines.

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Sam coming to Kentucky: Reigning Indy Racing champion Sam Hornish Jr. will appear Jan. 7 at the Kentucky Speedway Ticket Office in Fort Mitchell, Ky., as part of the track's opening day of single-event ticket sales. Hornish will meet and greet fans and be available for media interviews from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (EST). A third annual Indy Racing event is scheduled for Aug. 11 at Kentucky Speedway, located in Sparta, Ky.

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New GM named at Gateway: Matthew A. Strelo has been named vice president and general manager at Gateway International Raceway, site of. an Indy Racing event Aug. 25 Strelo replaces Brian Ulione, who resigned. the post on Nov. 20 Strelo, 36, comes to Gateway after serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League A native of the San Francisco area, Strelo worked for the Oakland Athletics from 1982-94, climbing to the position of director of sponsor services and special events. He also has worked for Sears Point Raceway, the International Hockey League, an East Coast Hockey League franchise and the PGA TOUR

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