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Scarallo and Prendeville Finish 13th and 14th, Respectively As Indy Pro Series Makes Iowa Debut NEWTON, Iowa, June 23 - RLR/Andersen Racing's Joey Scarallo started fourth and ran in the top five for 23 laps before finishing 13th in the Indy Pro...

Scarallo and Prendeville Finish 13th and 14th, Respectively As Indy Pro Series Makes Iowa Debut

NEWTON, Iowa, June 23 - RLR/Andersen Racing's Joey Scarallo started fourth and ran in the top five for 23 laps before finishing 13th in the Indy Pro Series race at Iowa Speedway Saturday with his GroupAWheels.com No. 15.

His RLR/Andersen Racing teammate, Andrew Prendeville, both started and finished in 14th place. Prendeville's Best Friends Animal Society No. 5 was as high as 11th and finished the race despite spinning on the frontstretch as Prendeville avoided a crash that eliminated the Dallaras of Jonathan Klein and Stephen Simpson.

It was the first Indy Pro Series race ever at this track, and neither RLR/Andersen Racing driver had even seen the facility before this weekend.

Scarallo, of Smithtown, N.Y., ran in fourth place for the first 11 laps and fifth for the next 12 laps around the fast oval. He ran in the top 10 or just outside of it until lap 58 when he slipped to 15th, but then moved back up to 13th at the end, one lap down.

Prendeville had a good start and was ready for a nice fight with Robbie Pecorari until he slipped to the rear due to a handling problem. He worked with his cockpit adjustments and soon was comfortable again, and started working back up through the field as best he could.

The Morristown, N.J.-based driver was in 14th or 15th place towards the end, but leaped to 11th following a restart on lap 92. Seconds later the yellow was out again when Stephen Simpson and Jonathan Klein crashed, and Prendeville spun to avoid getting involved. That put him back in 14th place, which is where he finished, like Scarallo one lap down.

Joey Scarallo: "The car ran great; it really did. We were right up there with the leaders the first 20 laps or so. Then my forearms started to kill me; I need to work on that. With these types of tracks and with these types of cars, it's more of an issue for me than it was with the heavier Trans-Am cars on the road courses. I guess I have to do more cardio or something.

"We would have finished in the top five if it wasn't for that. We're going in the right direction with the car, and we can run with the leaders. We just have to work on being there at the end.

"I've only run the short course at Watkins Glen, not the long course, but I've been to Mid-Ohio before, and racing at a track that I've seen before will help too."

Andrew Prendeville: (About lap 93): "I had a good run on Ken Losch and another driver ahead of me. I heard my spotter say 'Yellow! Yellow!' and I saw Simpson in the wall. Two cars ahead of me checked up real good, and then Jono was coming down the track and I was trying to miss him, and I went spinning down the frontstretch basically. I kept it off the wall, and there was no damage to the car at all.

"Before that, on lap two or three, we had a huge snap oversteer, but I got that sorted out and the car was really very good. We were running the same lap times as the leaders. It's just extremely hard to pass here, so that made it a bit frustrating.

"We finished the race, which is important. The whole month of June has been frustrating, and I'm just really happy that we're heading into July and we're going to get to some tracks that I know."

-credit: rlr/ar

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Andrew Prendeville , Stephen Simpson , Jonathan Klein , Ken Losch