DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY All Systems Are 'Go' for Volk, St. James and Schroeder at Rolex 24 of Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 29 - Things went as planned for the Toledo, Ohio-based TRV Motorsport team Thursday at Daytona...
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
All Systems Are 'Go' for Volk, St. James and Schroeder at Rolex 24 of Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 29 - Things went as planned for the Toledo, Ohio-based TRV Motorsport team Thursday at Daytona International Speedway, as Indianapolis' Lyn St. James put the Supreme Exhaust Systems Products Chevy Kudzu No. 95 into the field for the Rolex 24 of Daytona during the first round of qualifying Thursday afternoon. She and teammates Tom Volk of Blissfield, Mich., and Jeret Schroeder of Vineland, N.J., spent the rest of their "on-track" time getting more practice laps in, bedding in a new set of brakes and scuffing in tires for the race, which begins Saturday at 1 p.m.
The final qualifying grid won't be set until qualifying is concluded on Friday, but St. James was 21st-fastest in the first qualifying session Thursday with an average speed of 115.19 mph. The pole was won by the Ferrari being driven by Max Papis, Andy Evans, Yannick Dalmas, Bob Wollek and Ron Fellows with an average speed of 129.20 mph. There was a two-hour evening practice session on Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the TRV team was 18th fastest overall in that session with a fastest time of 112.189 mph.
The TRV team will now change the motor in the car and it plans to skip Friday morning's 1 hour and 15-minute practice session while that work is being done. A 20-minute final qualifying session for the Can-Am class is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. Friday, but the team plans to stand on its time from Thursday and use that session for a systems check following the engine change.
Saturday's schedule calls for a half-hour warm-up at 9 a.m. prior to the start of the race at 1 p.m. Team owner Tom Volk has decided that Schroeder will drive the first leg of the event for the team, which is an honor for the young star, who is competing in his first Rolex 24.
ESPN2 plans to broadcast live from the track Friday at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. The network will provide nine and one-half hours of live race coverage beginning on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern and again on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern.