IRL: Kansas PDM Racing and Schroeder race recap

Schroeder Finishes 15th Sunday in Ameristar Casino Indy 200 at Kansas Speedway KANSAS CITY, Kan., July 8 - Jeret Schroeder of Vineland, N.J., escaped injury Sunday when he crashed on lap 149 of the Ameristar Casino Indy 200 at Kansas Speedway ...

Schroeder Finishes 15th Sunday in Ameristar Casino Indy 200 at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan., July 8 - Jeret Schroeder of Vineland, N.J., escaped injury Sunday when he crashed on lap 149 of the Ameristar Casino Indy 200 at Kansas Speedway while running 13th. The official order of finish placed the car he was driving, PDM Racing's Dallara/Aurora/Firestone #9 which was sponsored by High Plains Corp., Summit Packaging and AMVETS here this weekend, in 15th position.

Schroeder got off to a great start, zooming from 20th at the drop of the green to 17th by lap three and 15th by lap 18. But right away he knew he didn't have the car to dice with the leaders on Sunday, and when he was asked over the radio what he needed in the way of adjustments on his first pit stop, he responded honestly when he said "a taller sixth gear."

He ran in 13th for a good portion of the race and he was in that spot when he crashed.

"PDM Racing gave me a great-handling car today, but I was on the rev limiter all the time down the straightaways," Schroeder said. "If I was really close to a car I could hang with them for awhile, but I just couldn't keep up with them when we hit the straights because I didn't have a tall-enough gear."

The accident that ended his day occurred going through turns one and two of the trioval. "We'd just pitted and put new rubber on, and I didn't get into turn one any faster or do anything different than I'd done every other lap before that one," Schroeder said.

"There was definitely some turbulent air involved, but I don't really know what happened other than the rear stepped out two or three times, I thought I collected it, but it kept stepping out further and further and then she was gone and we were into a big, slow spin and I hit the wall with the whole left side of the car.

"Somebody said [Felipe] Giaffone hit me in the rear but that's just a bad rumor; I sure didn't feel anything and I don't think he hit me at all, so I don't know where that came from," Schroeder added.

A heat waved plagued the Midwest this weekend, with overall temperatures over 100 and track temperatures over 140. Sunday wasn't quite as hot and humid as Saturday thanks to some cloud cover, and Schroeder said the heat didn't really bother him during the race.

"I looked up once at the pylon and it said lap 140, and I thought it was probably only around lap 70, so it was OK," he said. "The yellows helped us on that some."

There were six yellows during the 200-lap race; Schroeder's accident was the last one.

Schroeder is in 20th place in the driver standings following this race. PDM Racing is 23rd in the entrant standings. The other team Schroeder drove for this year in the IRL, Tri Star Motorsports, is currently 21st.

The next race is July 21 at Nashville Superspeedway in Nashville, Tenn. Schroeder, the most successful driver that the state of New Jersey has produced in the last 20 years and the only IRL regular who hails from the Northeast, is badly in need of additional sponsorship. After the race when asked if he'd be competing at Nashville and if so, what team would he be running with, he responded, "I have no idea."

-PDM-

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Drivers Jeret Schroeder