IPS: Mid-Ohio: Andrew Prendeville qualifying report

Prendeville Off to a Great Start at Mid-Ohio By Qualifying Third on Saturday For Sunday's Indy Pro Series Race LEXINGTON, Ohio, July 21 - Madge is wagging her tail. The puppy that recently found a new home thanks to the Best Friends ...

Prendeville Off to a Great Start at Mid-Ohio By Qualifying Third on Saturday For Sunday's Indy Pro Series Race

LEXINGTON, Ohio, July 21 - Madge is wagging her tail.

The puppy that recently found a new home thanks to the Best Friends Animal Society is happy because Andrew Prendeville qualified third on Saturday morning at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Sunday's Indy Pro Series race there. If the Morristown, N.J.-based driver can finish all 40 laps of Sunday's race, it will mean more donations for Best Friends through Prendeville's racinglapsforbestfriends.com Web site.

Through the Racing Laps for Best Friends program, fans make donations to the not-for-profit organization that operates the largest no-kill animal sanctuary in the United States. Donations in any amount from 25 cents and up per lap can be pledged using the racinglapsforbestfriends.com Web site and a major credit card. Raffle tickets for 2008 Indy 500 tickets can also be purchased on the Web site.

Other ways to contribute include calling the sanctuary at (435) 644-2001, extension 4801, or by mailing checks payable to 'Racing Laps for Best Friends' to: Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741-5000.

Madge, a puppy Prendeville met during a visit to Best Friends' sanctuary in Kanab, Utah in March, has since been adopted and is living in Las Vegas.

Prendeville, 25, turned Mid-Ohio's 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course in just 1:14.4874 for an average speed of 109.130 miles per hour with his Best Friends Animal Society No. 5 on Saturday morning to earn the third starting spot for Sunday morning's race. He's driving a black back-up car prepared in just four days by the RLR/Andersen Racing team after his primary car was damaged in a crash at a race at Nashville Superspeedway last Saturday.

"That's the least I could do for all the hard work the crew put in," Prendeville said after the qualifying session. "They prepared a whole new car in about three days.

"It's our best qualifying position yet, so we're happy," he added.

"Starting position is very important here," he noted. "Starting in the top-two rows is crucial. Once you drop out of the first two rows, your chances of winning here decrease dramatically."

Sunday's 40-lap or 60-minute Indy Pro Series race starts at 10:45 a.m. Eastern time. It will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Thursday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time. Live timing and scoring will be offered at indycar.com/pro.

For more information see racinglapsforbestfriends.com, bestfriends.org and andersenracingteam.com.

-credit: restart communications

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