Prendeville to make sportscar debut in Monterey

ECO Racing Enters ALMS Season Finale at Laguna Seca Oct. 18; Noda and Prendeville to Drive Environmentally Ground-Breaking Car MONTEREY, Calif., Oct. 9 - The much-anticipated world debut of ECO Racing's environmentally ground-breaking, ...

ECO Racing Enters ALMS Season Finale at Laguna Seca Oct. 18; Noda and Prendeville to Drive Environmentally Ground-Breaking Car

MONTEREY, Calif., Oct. 9 - The much-anticipated world debut of ECO Racing's environmentally ground-breaking, production-engined, bio-diesel LMP1 Radical AER is scheduled to occur at the American Le Mans Series' season finale, the Monterey Sports Car Championships Oct. 16-18 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.

The British team has chosen Japanese star Hideki Noda and America's Andrew Prendeville, a veteran of the tough Firestone Indy Lights Series, to drive the car in the four-hour race that begins at 2:45 p.m. Pacific time on Saturday, Oct. 18.

The race is scheduled to be broadcast on NBC on a tape-delayed basis from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, Oct. 19.

Noda, 39, of Osaka, Japan, has raced worldwide in Formula 1, Indy cars and sports cars.

"I am honored and excited to be joining ECO Racing at the final round of the American Le Mans Series," Noda said. "The Radical SR10/AER machine is in its final stages of development, and I am honored to be chosen as a driver to be part of the development process. I would also like to thank my sponsors and fans for making this happen.

"I haven't run Laguna Seca since 1997," Noda added. "It is a challenging track, and I am looking forward to racing there. The ALMS is a competitive series, with a solid fan base. I would like to take this opportunity to see what I can do in the ALMS and make it a race that will be a good start for the next season."

Las Vegas-based Prendeville, who has raced competitively in the Firestone Indy Lights Series for the past two seasons, will be making his sports car debut in the No. 10 car.

"I think this is going to be a very interesting weekend for me," said the 27-year-old native of New Jersey. "The American Le Mans Series is very intense this year and puts on a good show. I'm very excited to be teaming up with Hideki Noda, ECO Racing, Matt Connolly and P1 Groupe to make this all come together. This is a very intriguing opportunity, and I'm hopeful for a positive outcome."

The team was created by pioneering race engineer Ian Dawson. It is dedicated to developing, using and showcasing environmentally efficient technologies on the elite stage of international motorsports.

In 2004 Dawson raced the first bio-diesel sports car at Le Mans, two full years ahead of the debut of Audi's diesel racer and three years ahead of diesel-powered rival Peugeot.

Since that time Dawson has continued to develop the production road car-based V10 engine, creating a partnership with D1 Oils to use the Jatropha-based bio-diesel fuel. All test-bed and on-track testing has been undertaken using Jatropha bio diesel. It is made from the Jatropha curcas tree, a drought-resistant, inedible oilseed plant that makes use of otherwise unusable land and has no impact upon the food chain.

"After testing successfully over the past two months in the UK, I am delighted that ECO Racing will be at Laguna Seca, one of the great race tracks and a real challenge for our car in its debut event," Dawson said. "The team and our partners, Radical and AER, have worked very hard to create the best possible baseline for us to begin our journey into 2009. I am also very pleased that we have a very strong driver lineup in Hideki and Andrew. We have a great mix of experience and speed."

-credit: restart communications

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Series ALMS , Indy Lights
Drivers Hideki Noda , Matt Connolly