IRL: Schroeder qualifies 14th in Homestead

HOMESTEAD, Fla., April 7 ­ Jeret Schroeder of Vineland, N.J. will start on the outside of row seven tomorrow in the Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami by virtue of setting the 14th-fastest time in MBNA qualifications Saturday afternoon at ...

HOMESTEAD, Fla., April 7 ­ Jeret Schroeder of Vineland, N.J. will start on the outside of row seven tomorrow in the Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami by virtue of setting the 14th-fastest time in MBNA qualifications Saturday afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race, the Indy Racing Northern Light Series' first at Homestead, will be televised live beginning at 2 p.m. tomorrow on ABC.

Schroeder's Purity Products/Graph to Graphics/Summit Packaging Dallara Aurora #9 fielded by PDM Racing traveled the 1.5-mile oval in 27.6338 seconds for an average speed of 195.413 mph during the first of Schroeder's two qualifying laps.

His second lap took 0.0326 seconds longer to complete.

Photographers shooting the starting grid will think they're seeing double when they get to row seven, as Davey Hamilton's #99 will be to the inside of Schroeder's #9.

"That's the fastest I've run here so far this weekend, so we're happy," said Schroeder. "We've been working on our race set-up and not really worrying about qualifying, so we should be in good shape for tomorrow.

"It was a pretty routine run, really," Schroeder added. "We did an engine change last night and the morning practice session was really just a systems check for that. We made some changes for qualifying but nothing major. We didn't do any testing here at all, this is our first race here, and so it's been our game plan all along to focus on getting a good race set-up in the limited amount of practice time we have before a race. The PDM Racing crew has given me a good race car, so we'll just hope for good luck tomorrow and see what happens.

"There are about 80 people coming from Purity Products tomorrow," he added, "and we want to give them something to cheer about."

Jeff Ward took the MBNA pole away from Greg Ray with a lap at 201.551 mph. A total of 26 cars will start tomorrow's race.

A half-hour final practice session is slated for later this afternoon.

Schroeder and the other drivers here will sign autographs for an hour and a half beginning at 4:30 p.m. Earlier in the day Schroeder also signed autographs at the IRL Crew's booth.

-PDM-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Jeff Ward , Davey Hamilton , Jeret Schroeder