IRL: Schroeder works on set-up for Homestead

Schroeder Works on Set-up in Preparation for Sunday's Infiniti Grand Prix at Homestead HOMESTEAD, Fla., April 6 ­ Jeret Schroeder of Vineland, N.J. posted the ninth-fastest time of the day in practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday...

Schroeder Works on Set-up in Preparation for Sunday's Infiniti Grand Prix at Homestead

HOMESTEAD, Fla., April 6 ­ Jeret Schroeder of Vineland, N.J. posted the ninth-fastest time of the day in practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday in PDM Racing's Purity Products/Graph to Graphics/Summit Packaging Dallara Aurora #9.

Tomorrow he's scheduled to be the ninth driver to take time in qualifications, which will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m. EDT tomorrow on ESPN2.

Sunday's inaugural Indy Racing Northern Light Series race at Homestead, the 200-lap Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami presented by 123.com Americatel, will be covered live on ABC beginning at 2 p.m. EDT. It will be preceded by a live pre-race show on ESPN2 at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

Schroeder's fastest lap of the day was his 27th of the 38 laps he turned in the afternoon practice session. He was clocked at an average speed of 194.044 mph that time. That lap was the seventh-fastest turned in the afternoon.

In the morning his fastest lap was his 19th of 37; it was recorded at 192.053 mph and came in as the ninth-fastest posted in that session.

Schroeder did not test at the track at all prior to today, so the performance was very good.

"Everything is going well so far," Schroeder said at the close of the day. "We're trying to set the car up for the race. We've been soft, so this time we stiffened it [the chassis] up some and we picked up some time. We have a good balance for the race, and whether we stick to the set-up we have now or go back to the softer set-up we'll be OK because the car is balanced both ways."

A rain storm hit the track between both sessions, but Schroeder said it really didn't affect his performance.

"The heat came back up and the other group [of cars] laid down some rubber. We went faster in the afternoon, so it was OK."

Schroeder's parents live in North Palm Beach and he's raced on Homestead's 2.21-mile road course many times in other types of cars, but Friday was his first experience using just the 1.5-mile oval here. Last month Schroeder and co-driver Tom Volk finished sixth here in Volk's Supreme Exhaust System Products/Racer Parts Wholesale Riley & Scott Chevy #95 in a Grand-American Road Racing Association event.

"The oval is flat like Indy and Vegas," Schroeder said. "It has long-duration corners, and it's typically sandy. The track can get dirty, but the Homestead track crew is on top of things and they go out and blow it off between sessions. It was pretty clean when I was out there."

Homestead's oval is banked six degrees in the turns and four degrees on the straightaways.

Three of Schroeder's sponsors here this weekend are Florida businesses. Purity Products, Schroeder's primary sponsor here, is based in Miami and it has a special treat planned for tomorrow in honor of the series' first visit to the Miami area. Another company represented on Schroeder's Indy car this weekend, Graph to Graphics, is based in Pompano Beach. A third supporting company, Grout Perfect, is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale.

Summit Packaging is based in Minneapolis and Isanti, Minn.; Reno, Nev. and Lincoln, Neb.

Indianapolis-based Racer Parts Wholesale, which supports his Sports Racing Prototype car, recently featured Schroeder's photo on the back cover of its new catalog. Free copies of it can be obtained by calling 1-800-397-7815 or ordering it through its Web site at www.racerpartswholesale.com. Schroeder is that company's celebrity spokesperson.

More information about Jeret Schroeder can be obtained on his Web site, www.jeret.com, or on the Indy Racing League's Web site at www.indyracing.com.

-PDM-

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