RLR/Andersen Racing's Prendeville and Scarallo Crash In Separate Accidents Saturday At Kentucky Speedway SPARTA, Ky., Aug. 11 - RLR/Andersen Racing drivers Andrew Prendeville and Joey Scarallo escaped injury in separate accidents in the Indy Pro...
RLR/Andersen Racing's Prendeville and Scarallo Crash In Separate Accidents Saturday At Kentucky Speedway
SPARTA, Ky., Aug. 11 - RLR/Andersen Racing drivers Andrew Prendeville and Joey Scarallo escaped injury in separate accidents in the Indy Pro Series race at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night.
Prendeville, of Morristown, N.J., ended up 17th in the final rundown with his Best Friends Animal Society No. 5. Scarallo, of Smithtown, N.Y., was 20th with the GroupAWheels.com No. 15.
Prendeville completed 39 laps of the 67-lap contest before becoming involved in a multi-car crash in Turn 1. Bobby Wilson, Ryan Justice and Leilani Munter were also involved.
Scarallo's accident occurred on lap eight in Turn 4 of the 1.5-mile tri-oval.
Prendeville started seventh, but slipped to eighth on lap one when Justice passed him. 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.
"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, so that's something for the Racing Laps for Best Friends program," he added.
Scarallo took the green flag in 11th position but dropped to 15th by the end of lap two. He was in 17th when his crash occurred in Turn 4.
The race will be televised 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.