Mechanical Difficulties Spoil a Top-10 Run For Prendeville and Team Moore Racing In Friday's Firestone Freedom 100 at IMS INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., May 22 - Everything was going as planned for Andrew Prendeville Friday in the Firestone Freedom 100 at...
Mechanical Difficulties Spoil a Top-10 Run For Prendeville and Team Moore Racing In Friday's Firestone Freedom 100 at IMS
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., May 22 - Everything was going as planned for Andrew Prendeville Friday in the Firestone Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway until a rare mechanical problem thwarted his efforts. He ran in eighth place for 12 laps, conserved his tires and was poised to move up even further in the last 10 laps of the 40-lap race when an input shaft broke on his Team Moore Racing-Xtreme Coil Drilling No. 2, causing him to place 15th in the final rundown.
The Henderson, Nev.-based driver qualified 11th on Thursday to start the marquee event of the Firestone Indy Lights series on the inside of Row 6, beside James Hinchcliffe. He dropped back two spots initially, and then one more spot on lap two when Daniel Herrington got by the native of Chatham, N.J.
Trying to save his tires and avoid getting caught up in an accident, Prendeville remained patient. He got 13th on lap six by passing Jonathan Summerton, and then moved up two more positions when Martin Plowman and Pippa Mann tangled a few seconds later.
Prendeville cracked the top 10 on lap 14 by repassing Herrington. He moved up two more spots when Ana Beatriz and Gustavo Yacaman crashed in Turn 1 on lap 16. He remained in eighth place for 12 more laps until the problem developed as the green waved for a restart on lap 29 after a full-course yellow for debris on the frontstretch.
Although more than half of the field was bearing down on his crippled car, Prendeville got off the track without any further damage.
He officially completed 29 laps.
Although disappointed, Prendeville was pleased with how fast his bright yellow No. 2 ran. His car's telemetry showed that he ran several sections of the world-famous 2.5-mile oval at over 200 miles per hour several times, which is quite an accomplishment for a Firestone Indy Lights car.
"I ran over 200 miles an hour in an Indy Lights car; that was cool and I'm happy about it," Prendeville said afterwards.
"The car was awesome," he continued. "The team did a good job. We have fast cars everywhere we go, but we keep having problems that are outside of the team's control. It's really frustrating.
"Ana Beatriz's crash happened in front of me but I got through it OK. I got through all the problems and I was having a lot of fun out there. It was good racing and obviously the fans liked it a lot. I just wish I could have finished because it would have been a top five, no question."
Prendeville will get to try again very soon, because his next race is coming right up May 31 at the Milwaukee Mile.
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