IRL: Indy500: Schroeder is in!

INDIANAPOLIS, May 20 - It's official: Jeret Schroeder of Vineland, N.J., has qualified for his third Indy 500. When the 85th edition of the world's largest single-day sporting event gets the green flag next Sunday at 11 a.m. local time and noon...

INDIANAPOLIS, May 20 - It's official: Jeret Schroeder of Vineland, N.J., has qualified for his third Indy 500.

When the 85th edition of the world's largest single-day sporting event gets the green flag next Sunday at 11 a.m. local time and noon Eastern time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Schroeder will be lined up in the middle of row eight in the 33-car field of Indy cars that start three-abreast. He'll be behind the wheel of the now blue and silver PDM Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone #9T, which is sponsored by Purity Products of Miami; Summit Packaging of Minneapolis and Isanti, Minn., Reno, Nev., and Lincoln, Neb., and Graph to Graphics of Pompano Beach, Fla.

Nicolas Minassian will be to Schroeder's left and Buzz Calkins will be on his right. Al Unser Jr., Bruno Junqueira and Michael Andretti will be a few feet in front of him and Eddie Cheever Jr., Davey Hamilton and Donnie Beechler will be right behind him.

Schroeder qualified for the race last Sunday at an average speed of 222.786 mph for the four-lap, 10-mile run. His official starting position is 23rd.

He was never in danger of being bumped today during Bump Day, when the final starting lineup was determined.

Schroeder qualified 21st at Indy in 1999 and finished 15th. He qualified 29th last year with eight minutes to go on Bump Day and finished 14th in the race.

He is the only resident of the Garden State to compete at Indy in almost 20 years.

Schroeder has a busy week ahead of him. Some of his activities will include interviews; charity golf outings; parties; drivers' meetings; autograph sessions; a fashion show where he'll walk down the runway with his mother, Nadine Schroeder; and a parade. There is only one practice session remaining before the race, which is the annual Coors Carb Day on Thursday.

The race will be broadcast live on ABC.

For more information, see www.indyracing.com or www.jeret.com. Cameras are installed in PDM Racing's garage that broadcast live pictures of the activity there on www.jeret.com, Schroeder's official Web site.

-PDM-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buzz Calkins , Eddie Cheever , Al Unser Jr. , Davey Hamilton , Michael Andretti , Jeret Schroeder , Bruno Junqueira , Nicolas Minassian