Pro4 Driver, Max Schroeder, Joins The Weekly Racer From Tacoma Washington
Newport News, VA — This past week I have had to do my homework to bring you a new featured driver, not just a new driver but a completely different division. He’s coming to us all the way from the state of Washington. Now Max Schroeder is not your typical high school teenager waiting for the day they get to climb behind the wheel of a car. “I started racing Quarter Midgets in 2007 at the age of 9 after my family took me to a local ride day,” Max tells us. “From then on, through 2011, I moved up from class to class racing at the local track in Graham, WA as well as regional races in Oregon, various tracks in Washington and a track in Langley BC Canada.”
In 2012 Max grew out of the largest quarter midget made so he was unable to compete, so Max and his family spent the remainder of 2012 looking for a division to race in. Finding just what they were looking for in 2013, at the age of 15, Max ran his rookie year in a 4 cylinder Late Model Stock Car. Max competed in two separate organizations in 2013, the F.S.C.R.A. Super 4 Late Models as well as the Northwest Pro4 Alliance [click the links for more detail on each organization].
Growing up Max tried to act like your typical teenage boy, “Growing up my parents always had me involved in various sports,” Max told me. He has played soccer, baseball, basketball, football, swimming, Max even acquired his brown belt in Tae Kwan Doe! “I can honestly say that although I enjoyed them all… none of them compared to getting in a race car,” Max expresses, “I love to Race!”
At such a young age Max has managed to build quite an impressive resume. In 2008 winning most improved driver in the quarter midgets then winning Rookie of the Year honors in 2009! In ’09 & ’11 Max captured A-main finishes at the Western Grand Nationals quarter midgets. Max claimed the 2013 F.S.C.R.A. Super 4 Late Model Rookie of the Year title, finishing only 35 points away from the series championship. In addition, Max also captured his first pole in the NW Pro4 Alliance race at the 5/8th mile “Super Speedway of the West” Evergreen Speedway.
Max looks to come back strong in 2014 for his sophomore season. “Sure would like to win one in the Late Models series!” Max never finished outside of the top three at his home track in 2013 even leading all but the final four laps in a feature event. “We have not won one yet,” Max stressed. “It’s a learning curve, we understand it can take some time… We’ve been close… Really looking forward to taking the checkered home in 2014.”
I wanted to thank my guests from the west coast, Max and the entire Schroeder family for reaching out to me. I have to admit I was both excited yet nervous to take this interview. I was truly amazed that someone from all the way out in Washington state would hear about my little blog. I can say I had a good time researching some background info on four cylinder late model racing. Hopefully this was a good step out of my comfort zone, so thank you for that Max! So without any further delay head on over to Max’s interview page and see just how down to earth this kid really is.