After a disappointing early exit due to engine trouble at the Rolex 24 At Daytona last month, Jeret Schroeder will return to the Rolex Sports Car Series in the TRV Motorsport ...
After a disappointing early exit due to engine trouble at the Rolex 24 At Daytona last month, Jeret Schroeder will return to the Rolex Sports Car Series in the TRV Motorsport #95 Chevrolet Riley & Scott for the Nextel 250 this weekend. Schroeder is expected to be a favorite among the local crowd, with his parents, Bill and Nadine Schroeder, living in North Palm Beach and his sponsor, Miami-based Purity Products, bringing 80 people to cheer him on. Schroeder appears to be the only Indy car driver competing at this weekend's Nextel 250, joining Tom Volk behind the wheel of the Riley & Scott. Homestead-Miami Speedway was the site of the team's last podium finish, coming in 1998 when Schroeder and Volk finished third in class and fifth overall. Schroeder will most likely make more appearances at Homestead later in the season, as he is expected to announce an IRL deal very soon, which would bring him back to the Homestead-Miami Speedway in April.
Genesis Racing Gives Special Invitations to Homestead
Rick Fairbanks and Chris Gleason with the Genesis Racing Team will have three special guests at the Nextel 250 this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The team, which invites disadvantaged children or adults from the area to be their special guests at select races, will have three race fans from the Center for Independent Living cheering them on this weekend. The Center for Independent Living in South Florida provides services for all persons with disabilities, such as this weekend's guests who include race fans who are deaf, has a spinal cord injury or has cerebral palsy. The Center supplies them with support and other needed services.
Lally Hopes Beginners Luck Will Make It Two in a Row
At his first-ever Rolex 24 At Daytona last month, Andy Lally walked away from Daytona International Speedway with a Rolex around his wrist, winning the SRPII class with Archangel Motorsport Services. Team Owner Mike Johnson credited Lally with earning them the victory as he drove nearly 10 of the 24 hours during the race. Now the Northport, N.Y., native hopes to make it two in a row with a win in the Nextel 250 this weekend. Earlier this week another New Yorker, Steve Park from down the street in East Northport captured a Winston Cup victory at Rockingham. Lally is hoping to be the second New Yorker to end up in Victory Lane this week.
Team X-1R Debuts Corvette at Homestead
Flis Motorsports Team X-1R will debut its #09 Chevrolet Corvette in the American GT class at the Nextel 250 this weekend, after running a Chevrolet Camaro last season and at the Rolex 24 At Daytona last month. Team X-1R finished second at the Rolex 24 At Daytona despite every obstacle imaginable including a leaky clutch, tearing the nose off, engine trouble and a severe collision with an out-of-control SRPII. By the end of the 24 hours, the X-1R Camaro had little body work left on it, but it still managed to cross the finish line for its second-straight second-place finish. The ragged-looking Camaro was retired following the race to be replaced by a Corvette. Doug Goad and Craig Conway will pilot the car in its debut race. Flis Motorsports was the winner of the AGT Team Championship last season
Lista Doran Hopes for Repeat Victory with Baldi, Theys
The winning-combination of Mauro Baldi and Didier Theys will return to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend in the #27 Lista Doran Judd Crawford. The pair captured the overall victory at the 2000 Nextel 250, holding off a Dyson Racing Team that threatened throughout the race. Baldi and Theys teamed up with Ross Bentley and Fredy Leinhard at the Rolex 24 At Daytona last month where Team Owner Kevin Doran finally was forced to throw in the towel at his Judd Crawford's debut after two failed gearboxes. After returning to the shop, the team is counting on the car to go the distance this weekend, carrying Baldi and Theys back to victory lane.