SCHROEDER WINS SECOND-STRAIGHT MEMORIAL DAY RACE AT LIME ROCK PARK; BECOME FIRST TWO-TIME WINNER IN 1996 TRANS-AM LAKEVILLE, Conn. -- Dorsey Schroeder, in the ...
SCHROEDER WINS SECOND-STRAIGHT MEMORIAL DAY RACE AT LIME ROCK PARK; BECOME FIRST TWO-TIME WINNER IN 1996 TRANS-AM
LAKEVILLE, Conn. -- Dorsey Schroeder, in the #12 Raybestos Ford Mustang Cobra, made the most of his front row start, swapping the lead with Ron Fellows and eventually taking the SCCA Trans-Am Championship win at Lime Rock Park, his second- consecutive win at the Memorial Day event to become the first driver to win two races in the 1996 Trans-Am Championship.
Schroeder, of Osage Beach, Mo., qualified fifth-fastest to start on the pole with Trans-Am's inverted Goodyear Fast Five, then led the first 15 laps until Ron Fellows, in the #3 Sunoco/AER Manufacturing Chevrolet Camaro, made a pass as the duo dove through the turn three-four complex at the seven-turn, 1.53-mile Lime Rock Park circuit.
Fellows, with Schroeder in close pursuit, led the next 43 laps until suffering a broken rear-differential, slowing the Canadian on the back straight and eventually ending his day in the 18th position.
"Fellows gave me a heck of a race," said Schroeder. "When he passed me I protected my inside, and he passed me on the outside. When Fellows broke, we'd caught a slow car on the back straight, Ron went one way, and I went the other. I looked in my mirrors and he was gone. I didn't know what had happened."
With Fellows out of the way, Schroeder cruised to a 15.186-second margin of victory over Greg Pickett, in the #6 Rain-X/Cytomax Camaro. Pickett's second-place finish, his 43rd top-three effort, put the Trans-Am veteran in a tie for all-time series top- three finishes with Mark Donohue.
"I was running pretty quick laps, about as quick as the leaders, but I couldn't catch them," said Pickett. "It was a good race for us today. Tying Mark Donohue's record for all-time top-three finishes is a nice accomplishment."
Finishing behind Pickett was Tom Kendall, in the #11 All Sport Body Quencher Mustang Cobra. Kendall started the 66-lap, 100.98-mile race fourth after posting the second-fastest qualifying time, and ran in the top-five before darting into the pits on lap 24 for a quick right-rear tire change. After rejoining the field, Kendall sliced his way through the field, moving up from fifth to third on the final two laps of the caution-free contest.
Brian Simo, in the #22 Valvoline Mustang Cobra, finished fourth and Jamie Galles, in the #2 ICI/Glidden Camaro, rounded out the top-five. Boris Said, in the #14 Roush Racing Mustang Cobra, started fifth after qualifying fastest and ran with the front pack for most of the race, falling out of the race on lap 54 after retiring in the pits with a broken rear-differential to finish his day 21st.
With the win, Schroeder reclaims the Drivers' Championship points lead with 156, followed by Galles, 151; Kendall, 144; fifth-place Paul Gentilozzi, 118; Simo, 109; Fellows and 12th-place Scott Sharp, 107; Pickett and 10th-place Bill Saunders, 105; and seventh- place R. J. Valentine, 98.
In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet leads by four, 48 to 44. With the win, Ford has narrowed the gap with Chevrolet by two points.
Schroeder's victory also earned the 1989 Trans-Am Champion the DynoMax Turn On the Power Award, while Don Meluzio, in the #31 Manheim Auction Camaro, earned the Raybestos Rising Star of the Race Award with his 11th-place finish. Valentine, in the #7 Pennzoil Camaro, earned the OPTIMA Batteries Quick Charger Award after improving six positions from his 13th-place start.