Date of Birth:
Tacoma, Washington (State)
Family: Mother, Michele
Home Track: Southsound
Speedway in Rochester, Washington
Race Team: Schroeder
Facebook Page " Schroeder
Max Schroeder is a 15-year old honor role, race car driver,
Sophomore student at Stadium High School in Tacoma, WA.
He started racing Quarter Midget's at age 9 until he was 13 (when he
grew out of them due to his height, currently 6'2"). While racing
quarter midgets he won many races, placed high in Grand National Races
and was voted by his peers as Rookie of the year as well as other
After sitting out a year of racing and spending every moment he
could at various race tracks learning the "big cars" while we (his
family) looked into buying a race car. He raced his rookie season
in 2013 with F.S.C.R.A. Super 4 Late Models (never finishing lower than
3rd) as well as a couple races with NW Pro 4 Alliance.
He is honored this year to have received the F.S.C.R.A
Super 4 Late Model "Rookie of the Year" designation and finished 2nd in
Championship points. At 15 he was lucky enough to start on the
pole for the NW Pro-4 Alliance race at "The Super Speedway of the
West", Evergreen Speedway and race to a 6th place finish of 25 race
teams that started the day in his 1st time racing with that series on
the big 5/8th's mile track. He would like to continue progressing
forward with Super Late Model racing here in the Pacific NW and then on
from there. Max has tremendous respect for racing, his fellow
competitors, sponsors and the tracks where he races.
How did you get started in racing?
I attended a "ride day" at Little Wheels QMA in Graham,
Washington at the age of 9 where they let me drive a car around the
track for the 1st time. As soon as I got out of the car I asked
to go a 2nd time (which I wasn't supposed to do as there were other
kids waiting a turn). I asked my Dad to stick around for hours
while other kids took their turn and they let me drive again at the
very end of the day.
And whats the most enjoyable thing
SPEED! and the friends I have made
What division do you race in and what
tracks do you race at?
I race in two series: "F.S.C.R.A Super4 Late Model race cars" and "The
NW Pro4 Alliance". I race at Southsound Speedway and have raced
at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe Washington on the big 5/8th's mile and
in Wenatchee at the Wenatchee Valley Super Oval.
You started racing Quarter Midget's
could you tell us little bit about what a Quarter Midget is?
A quarter midget is a 1/4 size open wheel midget car. Quarter midgets
are raced under the rules and regulations of Quarter Midgets of America
and is for kids from age 5 to 16.
Now you are racing late models at the
age of 15. How hard was it learn how to drive a full size car? And how
does the other drivers act towards you?
It was surprisingly easy to move from a 340 lb Quarter Midget to
a 2100 lb Late Model race car. I was so excited to get into the
big car the 1st time in practice I was just mashing the gas pedal and
staying off the wall. As far as the other drivers... We have been
greeted with respect and assistance. The teams we race with are
very helpful and I have appreciated any and all advice they give me.
What would you tell young kids who say
they want to race to start?
Find a local racing series (Like QMA) and beg your parents to go to a
ride day. Once you start racing learn from others that have been
it for a while and always keep it fun.
Tell us a little about your car and
My car is coil over tube frame chassis with a 2300 Ford 4-cylinder
engine with an ARCA head. It has an "outlaw" body style with an
Impala nose. It makes about 210 HP. My team is me, my Mom
and my Dad and anyone else who is willing to help us. We have
been given wonderful help from Pittman Racing and my Uncle Mike who has
a long history of racing in the Pacific NW. We also get a lot of
support from other friends and family members as well as many of the
race teams we compete against. We have been very fortunate to
represent the Lakewood Officer Charity with a decal on the hood of our
car and assist in fund raising for the charity which was established by
Lakewood Police officers to help those within the communities they
serve and later expanded to include help for fallen and injured
officers around the state.
Is there any race that sticks in your
mind from the past, and why?
My 1st race with the NW Pro4 Alliance at Evergreen Speedway on the big
5/8th's mile track. I was lucky enough to start on the pole in
field of 25 cars and led the 1st lap. I Finished 6th and had a
Movie- Taledega Nights
TV Show- Big Bang
Food- There's so
many of them! Can't name just one!
NASCAR Driver- Dale
Do you sim race. if so does it help you at all?
Not yet but my friend just got me hooked on IRACE when I went to his
home last week and I can't wait to get it for myself and I do believe
it will be helpful in my racing (other people have told me that it has
been helpful to them)
Who are some your favorite drivers to
Kayla Pittman, Alex Peck, John Grosvenor, Ron Grosvenor,
When you are not racing what do you do
Tell us something about you that would
surprise your fans.
I think that I am 15 years old. When people watch me race
they just see a driver with a helmet on inside a dark car on a Saturday
night. When I am lucky enough to have fans visit the car after a
race they are surprised to see that I am actually only 15.
Is there anybody you would like to thank? I There are many....
Pittman Racing, Larsen Sign Company, Les Schwab of Fife, Uncle Mike,
Jim Bailey, Ryan Bailey, F.S.C.R.A Super 4 Late Models, NW Pro 4
Alliance, Grandpa Mike and my Mom and Dad.