Iowa: RLR/Andersen Racing qualifying notes

RLR/Andersen Racing's Entries to Start Seventh and 17th Saturday at Iowa Speedway NEWTON, Iowa, June 20 - After a 3-hour rain delay, RLR/Andersen Racing's J.R. Hildebrand and Andrew Prendeville ended up seventh and 17th, respectively, Friday ...

RLR/Andersen Racing's Entries to Start Seventh and 17th Saturday at Iowa Speedway

NEWTON, Iowa, June 20 - After a 3-hour rain delay, RLR/Andersen Racing's J.R. Hildebrand and Andrew Prendeville ended up seventh and 17th, respectively, Friday afternoon in SWE Race Car Parts Qualifying at Iowa Speedway.

Hildebrand, of Sausalito, Calif. and Indianapolis, will start on the inside of Row 4 beside Raphael Matos when the 115-lap Jeld-Wen 100 Firestone Indy Lights race gets the green flag Saturday at 4:15 p.m. local time. His Allied Building Products No. 25 qualified with a combined two-lap time of 40.3930 seconds (159.354 miles per hour) for the seven-eighths-mile trioval. His first lap was done in 20.2220 seconds and his second lap was a 20.1710.

"This was my first true qualifying session on an oval this year," noted Hildebrand after qualifying. "We changed the gearing from what we had this morning in practice. The car was a little looser than I'd like it to be in the race, but we're close. We always have good race cars, and I'm confident Iowa will be no different. It's going to be a long race."

Prendeville, of Las Vegas, will line up on the inside of Row 9 beside Marc Williams for the start. His two qualifying laps in the Best Friends Animal Society No. 5 were timed in 20.6215 seconds and 20.4353 seconds for a combined total of 41.0568 seconds and an average speed of 156.778 mph.

"We have our work cut out for us tomorrow," said Prendeville, who spearheads donations for the Best Friends Animal Society through a Web site at racinglapsforbestfriends.com. Fans can make donations on a per-lap basis or by purchasing tickets for a raffle that carries prizes of sessions at the Bertil Roos Racing School. All the donations generated from Saturday's race will go towards Best Friends' flood-relief efforts for the animals in Iowa, which are detailed on bestfriends.org.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. won the pole with laps in 20.0581 and 20.0723 seconds for a combined time of 40.1304 and an average speed of 160.397 mph. That was more than one mile per hour slower than Wade Cunningham's track record set last June.

-credit: rlr/ar

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Andrew Prendeville , Wade Cunningham , Arie Luyendyk Jr.
Teams Williams