Prendeville Almost Gets Ninth; Scarallo Finishes 18th In First Half of Liberty Challenge Saturday at IMS INDIANAPOLIS, June 16 - RLR/Andersen Racing's Andrew Prendeville advanced six positions in the first half of the Liberty Challenge Indy Pro...
Prendeville Almost Gets Ninth; Scarallo Finishes 18th In First Half of Liberty Challenge Saturday at IMS
INDIANAPOLIS, June 16 - RLR/Andersen Racing's Andrew Prendeville advanced six positions in the first half of the Liberty Challenge Indy Pro Series doubleheader at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday, but the Morristown, N.J.-based driver's stirring run ended with a spin while he was trying to pass Logan Gomez for ninth place on the last lap.
Prendeville couldn't get the Best Friends Animal Society No. 5 restarted because its battery was dead, so he had to get towed in. He finished 17 laps of the 18-lap race for the Racing Laps for Best Friends program, and ended up 21st in the final standings after starting 16th.
His teammate, Joey Scarallo of Smithtown, N.Y., qualified 21st, struggled with a pushing condition with his GroupAWheels.com No. 15, and finished 18th.
The Fairfield, N.J.-based team and both of its drivers will tackle the 2.605-mile, 13-turn road course again tomorrow morning at 8:35 a.m. in the second half of the doubleheader that supports the U.S. Grand Prix Formula 1 race. The top eight finishers will be inverted, giving the pole to Ryan Justice. The rest of the field will start tomorrow's race where they finished today's event, so Scarallo will start 18th and Prendeville will start 21st.
Polesittter Hideki Mutoh led every lap of Saturday's race to break the winning streak of Alex Lloyd, who finished second.
Both races will be shown on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 21.
Prendeville got a great start, passing Chris Festa and Robbie Pecorari to advance to 14th on lap two. He passed Mike Potekhen for 13th on lap four. He got 12th by passing Daniel Herrington on lap six, right before Jonathan Klein spun while in sixth after contact with the driver who went on to finish third, Jaime Camara.
That moved Prendeville up to 11th on lap seven. He stayed in that spot until he cracked the top 10 on lap 11 with a nifty pass of Phil Giebler on the frontstretch. That put him directly behind Gomez and set the stage for the problems that developed on the last lap while Prendeville was in tenth and going for ninth.
Scarallo started 21st, got 20th on lap three when Pecorari pitted, and moved up to 18th on lap eight when Klein dropped back and Scarallo passed Ken Losch.
He dropped back to 20th on lap 11, but got 19th when Daniel Herrington dropped out. That's where he was running when Prendeville's problems occurred, which advanced Scarallo to 18th at the checkered.
Andrew Prendeville: "We had a top-10 car. I have to thank the RLR/Andersen Racing crew for giving me a top-10 car today.
"The pass of Giebler happened on the frontstretch, and it was just a regular pass. I passed him, and he left me alone.
"I'm still trying to understand what happened on the last lap with Gomez. It happened off the frontstretch and Turn 1. In my opinion he was definitely blocking. I had a good run on him, and I'm not happy about what happened.
"The reality is I didn't get the pass done. In hindsight, I should have just stayed in tenth and picked him off tomorrow.
"At least we finished 17 of the 18 laps for the Racing Laps for Best Friends program, and I passed some cars. The guys worked hard to give me a good car. It's a shame."
Joey Scarallo: "The GroupAWheels.com car was pushing terribly all race. I'm a bit perplexed right now.
"I didn't have any incidents.
"We had a decent start. I got by Ken Losch on lap two or something, and I thought I'd be able to move up, but the car just pushed terribly and he ended up passing me back.
"I think I was quicker than some of the guys in front of me, but the car just wasn't working today. Hopefully it'll be better tomorrow."