TRV Finishes Fourth in WSC Class In 12 Hours of Sebring SEBRING, Fla., March 21, 11 p.m. - The Toledo, Ohio-based TRV Motorsport team and drivers Lyn St. James of Indianapolis; Jeret Schroeder ...
TRV Finishes Fourth in WSC Class In 12 Hours of Sebring
SEBRING, Fla., March 21, 11 p.m. - The Toledo, Ohio-based TRV Motorsport team and drivers Lyn St. James of Indianapolis; Jeret Schroeder of Vineland, N.J.; and Tom Volk of Blissfield, Mich., finished fourth in the World Sports Car class in the Exxon Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring Saturday night at Sebring International Raceway.
Just one place shy of a podium finish, the Supreme Exhaust Systems/Purity Farms Chevy Kudzu made a final stop to change a battery with 20 minutes left in the once-around-the-clock enduro, which ended a little after 10 p.m. Saturday night. The team was 17th overall in the event, which was won by the MOMO Ferrari 333SP of Gianpiero Moretti, Didier Theys and Mauro Baldi.
As Schroeder crossed the finish line, the entire crew, led by team manager Mike Madden, ran to the outer pit wall to congratulate him on his fine drive and celebrate the team's finish in the oldest sports car endurance race in America.
"This is just great!" team owner and co-driver Volk said while celebrating the finish with his team. "To finish fourth in our class in an international race our second time out is unbelievable!"
"Everyone did a fantastic job," Volk continued. "Lyn, who drove the longest stint of two and three-quarters hours from dusk until dark, and Jeret, who drove the final two-hour stint with no night practice at all, were just great."
A fourth driver, Barry Waddell, was nominated to pinch hit if needed for night driving, but he never got the call as St. James and Schroeder finished the final stages of the race.
If it were not for some electrical problems, the team would have been on the podium.
The crew changed brake pads on one stop, and then just as Schroeder was ready to take over from St. James a little after the halfway point, the electrical problems surfaced.
The team lost 13 minutes while it changed the electrical control unit in the car at the seven-hour mark.
Despite falling back, Schroeder, ever the optimist, told Madden before he got into the car, "I can catch them," referring to the Ferrari that was leading at the time. Schroeder was turning laps at 2:14 in his final stint until the electrical problems slowed his pace.
After her final stint, the longest individual stint completed by any of the drivers, St. James described the electrical problems as "pretty stressful.
"It felt like a slow GT car at that point," she said.
When she climbed out following her dusk-to-dark stint, Volk hugged her and shouted, "Hell of a job, Lyn!"
The night-time driving didn't pose any particular problem for the team. That was an unknown factor, since the team didn't get any night-time practice due to rain.
"The visibility was excellent," St. James said.
The earlier problem of Schroeder's seat belt working loose was solved prior to his last stint by adding padding to the front of his uniform and attaching it with yellow gaffer's tape.
Pleased with a great finish in only his second endurance race, Schroeder said, "I feel real fortunate to be hooked up with TRV Motorsport, and to finish fourth in class is great! These are a great bunch of people to work with, and most of them are volunteers."
In addition to praising his trackside crew and co-drivers, Volk lauded physical therapists Todd and Stephanie Baker, who massaged the drivers back at the trailer between stints.
"The crew worked on the car and Todd and Stephanie worked on us," Volk said with a smile.