Schroeder Competing in the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta This Weekend; Start and Finish Will be Covered Live on Speedvision BRASELTON, Ga., Oct. 9 - While the Toledo, Ohio-based TRV Motorsport team prepares the Supreme Exhaust...
Schroeder Competing in the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta This Weekend; Start and Finish Will be Covered Live on Speedvision
BRASELTON, Ga., Oct. 9 - While the Toledo, Ohio-based TRV Motorsport team prepares the Supreme Exhaust System Products/Purity Farms No. 95 for a big Professional Sports Car Racing (PSCR) event at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif., on Oct. 24, one of its drivers, Jeret Schroeder, is competing in this weekend's Petit Le Mans PSCR event at Road Atlanta here.
The Vineland, N.J.-based driver was added to the roster of the Intersport Racing Riley & Scott team earlier this week in a single-race arrangement just for this weekend's 10-hour/1,000-mile enduro. He joins the team's regular drivers, Jon Field of Dublin, Ohio; Joaquin DeSoto of Miami and John Mirro of Bath, Pa., at Road Atlanta. (Schroeder will be back with TRV's Tom Volk of Blissfield, Mich., for the Laguna Seca race, the season finale, in two weeks.)
The Riley & Scott Mk III car Schroeder is driving this weekend is a patriotic red, white and blue and it carries the No. 28. It is sponsored by Banana Joe's Sports Bar and Grill, American Fidelity & Liberty Insurance, and Intersport Wheels. It is part of a two-car entry by the Intersport team; the other car is No. 29.
"It was a great opportunity to drive a Riley & Scott car with a Ford engine at a track that I really love, and I appreciate the opportunity that Jon Field has given me this weekend," Schroeder said. "It's an important race and it's nice to be part of it, since this is the inaugural running of the Petit Le Mans."
Schroeder got about 15 laps in the car on Thursday. In addition to getting used to a Riley & Scott car, which he has never before driven, he was getting used to the track. The configuration of the 2.54-mile, 12-turn course has been changed since Schroeder last raced here in 1995 in a U.S. Formula 2000 event. Schroeder went on to win that series' championship that year.
"I was slipping around a lot in the cockpit on Thursday, so it was hard to get comfortable," Schroeder said. The team poured a new seat for him Friday morning to alleviate that problem.
Schroeder's team was 12th, 13th and 12th again in the three practice sessions on Thursday, one of which was held at night. As far as the World Sports Car class rankings go, that was fifth, fifth and fourth, respectively.
In Friday morning's practice session Schroeder went 2 seconds faster than his best time on Thursday. A bit later in that session DeSoto was involved in an accident, however, and the Intersport Racing crew was busy repairing the damage before Field will qualify the car later Friday afternoon. The team ended up 11th overall and fifth in the World Sports Car class in that practice session.
Schroeder actually comes into this race tied for 19th in the overall PSCR World Sports Car drivers point standings, since the TRV Motorsport team participated in the Exxon Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring in Florida earlier this year. He had not competed in any of the five other PSCR events to date, concentrating instead on the United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) schedule.
Qualifying is scheduled for 2:35 p.m. Friday, and the race is scheduled to begin at 11:07 a.m. on Saturday. It will go for 1,000 miles or 10 hours, whichever comes first.
Both the start and the finish of the race are scheduled to be broadcast live on the Speedvision network on Saturday. The first broadcast is slated for 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., and the second from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Fox Sports network also plans to show highlights of the event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.