IPS: Mid-Ohio: Andrew Prendeville race report

Prendeville Finishes All 40 Laps Of Sunday's Indy Pro Series Race At Mid-Ohio LEXINGTON, Ohio, July 22 - Andrew Prendeville not only finished all 40 laps of Sunday's Indy Pro Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Course, but the Morristown, ...

Prendeville Finishes All 40 Laps Of Sunday's Indy Pro Series Race At Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio, July 22 - Andrew Prendeville not only finished all 40 laps of Sunday's Indy Pro Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Course, but the Morristown, N.J.-based driver duplicated his best results in this series to date by finishing fourth in the Best Friends Animal Society No. 5.

Fans who made donations to Best Friends through the racinglapsforbestfriends.com Web site have to be pleased with Prendeville's results. He also posted his best qualifying result to date in this series by earning the third starting spot in the preliminary action.

"It was a great weekend; our best yet," Prendeville said after the race.

Fans who want to get in on the action can still contribute by 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. Raffle tickets for 2008 Indy 500 tickets can also be purchased on the racinglapsforbestfriends.com Web site.

Richard Antinucci, who won the race, and Wade Cunningham, who finished second, got by Prendeville at the start to push him to fifth. But Prendeville was able to maintain that position lap after lap, even after a restart on lap 23.

Point leader Alex Lloyd, who led the first 15 laps before Antinucci passed him in the esses, stopped in turn one on the restart due to mechanical difficulties, which advanced Prendeville to fourth place. Prendeville was able to hold off Hideki Mutoh the rest of the way to finish the 40-lap race in that position.

It was a much more satisfying result than last weekend, when Prendeville was involved in a crash on the initial lap of a race at Nashville Superspeedway. He drove a predominately black back-up car at Mid-Ohio while his primary car is being repaired.

"I don't think I had any contact with anyone today," Prendeville said. "It was close with [Bobby] Wilson; I'll have to ask him if we touched, but I don't think so. We raced hard, but we've done that so many times before. But no, I don't think there was any contact.

"They were gaining 10 car lengths on the straights, and I could pull nine to 11 car lengths on them in the twisty stuff to keep in front of them," he added. "The only way that was possible was because we had a really good-handling car.

"The start was not the greatest," he added. "Cunningham blew right by me; that was just a case of better straight-line speed. But I was able to make up a lot of the distance, and I almost got the position back a little later.

"We finished all 40 laps for the Best Friends Animal Society. We had our best qualifying result yet, and we duplicated our best race result. It was a great weekend," he concluded.

The race will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Thursday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time.

The next event is Aug. 11 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., near Cincinnati, Ohio. Donations to Best Friends based on Prendeville's laps completed are already being accepted for that event on racinglapsforbestfriends.com.

Addition information is available at bestfriends.org and andersenracingteam.com.

-credit: restart communications

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Andrew Prendeville , Richard Antinucci , Alex Lloyd , Wade Cunningham , Hideki Mutoh