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Prendeville Finishes 39 Laps Saturday Night at Kentucky Speedway SPARTA, Ky., Aug. 11 - Andrew Prendeville finished 39 laps in Saturday night's Indy Pro Series race at Kentucky Speedway for the Racing Laps for Best Friends program before the ...

Prendeville Finishes 39 Laps Saturday Night at Kentucky Speedway

SPARTA, Ky., Aug. 11 - Andrew Prendeville finished 39 laps in Saturday night's Indy Pro Series race at Kentucky Speedway for the Racing Laps for Best Friends program before the popular driver of the Best Friends Animal Society No. 5 was involved in a multi-car accident in Turn 1 of the 1.5-mile tri-oval.

Prendeville, of Morristown, N.J., was not hurt in the accident and his car wasn't badly damaged.

Fans that made donations to the Best Friends Animal Society for the Kentucky Speedway race through the racinglapsforbestfriends.com Web site or at the track will be multiplying their donation figure by 39. Donations in any amount beginning at 25 cents per lap are accepted and appreciated for the program, which benefits the largest no-kill animal shelter in the United States.

In addition to the per-lap program, fans can also purchase raffle tickets for 2008 Indy 500 tickets on the racinglapsforbestfriends.com Web site.

Prendeville started seventh on Saturday night in the 20-car field. He slipped to eighth on lap one when Ryan Justice passed him. Leilani Munter, who had qualified fifth but dropped to ninth initially, passed him on lap six to push him to ninth. He stayed in that spot until lap 18, when he got eighth back after Munter fell back two spots.

Prendeville passed Sean Guthrie for seventh on lap 29, but then his position changed repeatedly as he diced with Jaime Camara, Guthrie and Munter. He was in ninth place on lap 40 when the four-car crash occurred. Bobby Wilson, Justice and Munter were involved in addition to Prendeville.

"Chris Festa was trying to go high, and when he pulled up to Justice they touched and he cut Justice's tire down," Prendeville said. "This was way before Turn 1 that that happened. Justice immediately slowed up and tried to bring it down to the bottom of the track. Leilani clipped his left rear trying to avoid him, and Justice spun sideways.

"I was about the third car behind Justice at that point," Prendeville continued. "I tried to aim high, as did Sean Guthrie. I guess I reacted a little sooner than he did. I got loose trying to avoid Guthrie, and I went into a long, lazy spin in Turn 1. I didn't touch a single car and I almost kept it off the wall, but at the last second I hit the wall. It wasn't a heavy hit at all; it was a really soft hit. There's not much damage to the car at all. We'll fix it and go on to Sonoma.

"We did finish 39 laps for the Racing Laps for Best Friends program," he added.

The race will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, Aug. 16.

The next Indy Pro Series race is a doubleheader at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Aug. 25-26. The distance for each race will be 30 laps.

In addition to the racinglapsforbestfriends.com Web site, additional information is available at bestfriends.org, indycar.com/pro and andersenracingteam.com.

-credit: restart communications

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Andrew Prendeville , Ryan Justice , Chris Festa , Jaime Camara , Bobby Wilson , Sean Guthrie , Leilani Munter