TRV Is Running in Top 10 at Halfway; Waddell Added to Driver Roster SEBRING, Fla., March 21 - Halfway into the Professional Sports Car Racing Inc. Exxon Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring, the TRV ...
TRV Is Running in Top 10 at Halfway; Waddell Added to Driver Roster
SEBRING, Fla., March 21 - Halfway into the Professional Sports Car Racing Inc. Exxon Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring, the TRV Motorsport/Supreme Exhaust Systems/Purity Farms Chevy Kudzu is running fourth in the World Sports Car class and ninth overall Saturday afternoon at Sebring International Raceway. The team is very pleased with its progress and hopes for a podium finish in its class when the checkered falls Saturday around 10 p.m.
Jeret Schroeder drove the first stint of approximately 45 minutes and then Tom Volk did a stint. Lyn St. James did a double stint her first time in the car.
Barry Waddell of Evansville, Ind., was added to the TRV Motorsport drivers' list at the last minute to possibly help out when night driving starts. No one had any night practice due to the rain which plagued practice. Waddell has been a TRV team member in previous events.
At the six-hour mark Tierry Boutsen was leading overall in a GT1 Porsche.
"The car is good; traffic is good; and the track is good," said St. James after her first double stint.
Volk said Schroeder was turning laps close to his qualifying times during his first stint, and the team has been in the top 10 overall all afternoon.
The team was assessed a 10-second penalty during one pit stop when Schroeder went over the wall during a driver change before the car came to a complete stop.
"The 24-hour race is like a whole season for these cars," crew chief Mike Madden said, referring to the team's recent appearance at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. "At the halfway point is where it really starts to get tough in these races. Parts start to break, the engine begins to heat up, tires go away, etc." he added. "We're all just hoping for the best."
Madden said the Goodyear Eagle tires the team is using have been excellent and they were able to run the first two stints on one set of tires.
After the morning practice session when Volk complained of a sticking throttle, everything has gone well for the team as of the halfway point.
The only problem so far is that Jeret Schroeder's seat belt keeps unhooking when he is in the car.
"There are two sets of belts in the car and I'm the thinnest member of the team, so I use the outer belts and cinch them up real high to hold myself in the car," Schroeder said. The crew is working on a solution to that problem with other belts and duct tape, and hopefully that problem will have been solved when Schroeder gets back in the car later tonight.