Coors Carb Day Over, Schroeder Set for Sunday's Indy 500 INDIANAPOLIS, May 27 - Jeret Schroeder posted the 17th-fastest lap during Coors Carburetion Day on Thursday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the final practice period...
Coors Carb Day Over, Schroeder Set for Sunday's Indy 500
INDIANAPOLIS, May 27 - Jeret Schroeder posted the 17th-fastest lap during Coors Carburetion Day on Thursday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the final practice period before Sunday's 83rd annual Indianapolis 500. Schroeder's fastest lap Thursday afternoon in Cobb Racing's Purity Farms/Summit Packaging G-Force Infiniti No. 96 was at an average speed of 218.542 mph. He did 22 laps in all Thursday, and his fastest lap was his last one. "Things are fine. As far as I know, we're ready to go on Sunday," said the Vineland, N.J.-based driver, one of four drivers vying for the Bank One Rookie of the Year honors this year at the Indy 500. "We scrubbed in some tires and made some adjustments to our wing. We had a problem with the clutch, but the Cobb Racing crew is great and they solved that problem right away. We changed our Infiniti engine after qualifying and we did a systems check today, and everything seems to be fine." On Thursday Schroeder also discovered that he had won an award. "We got an award from Tina Brewer of Buildings to Go in Indianapolis for being the rookie who had the most consistent qualifying laps," Schroeder said. "They make metal buildings and accessories, and the award was for $5,000. That was a really nice surprise, and I want to thank them for their involvement." Schroeder's four qualifying laps last Saturday were run at speeds of 220.794 mph, 220.951 mph, 220.767 mph and 220.475 mph for an average qualifying speed of 220.747 mph. He'll start the race on the outside of row seven in 21st position in the 33-driver field. In the sponsor department, some logos for Scott Harrington's primary sponsor, CertainTeed Building Products, were added to Schroeder's car Thursday morning. "Scott was ready to go out and qualify on Sunday when it started to rain, and he ended up as the second alternate," Schroeder said. "His sponsor needed to be represented in the 500, so we were glad to help him out. Scott is a great guy, and we were glad to do it. His car's paint scheme is being redesigned for the next race, which is at Texas Motor Speedway next month, and I've heard that it's going to look really neat." Now Schroeder must just stay cool in preparation for Sunday's race. "More family and friends are arriving daily," he said. "Our goal is to just try to finish the race," he added. "Anything can happen in a race, especially one this long, but we'll just do our best and see what develops. I think I'm doing a pretty good job of keeping everything in perspective. I just want to stay out of trouble and be there at the finish; that's my goal." Schroeder and his mother, Nadine, will participate in a fashion show for Championship Auto Racing Charities (CARA) tomorrow, and he'll be in the IPALCO 500 Festival parade through downtown Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon. He also hopes to find some time to slip over to Indianapolis Raceway Park Saturday night to watch the MCI WorldCom USAC midgets compete. "They always put on a good show, and I should have some friends in that race," he said. "I also just like IRP; I raced there myself in the USAC/SCCA U.S. Formula 2000 series. [Schroeder won the U.S. Formula 2000 national championship in 1995 before becoming a star of the Player's/KOOL Toyota Atlantic series in 1996 and 1997 and competing in USRRC and PSCR sports car endurance races in 1998 and 1999.] "Then I'll just try to get some sleep," he added. "We have to get to the track really early Sunday morning to beat the crowds." The Indy 500 is the world's largest single-day sporting event, with an attendance of approximately 500,000.
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