RLR/Andersen Racing's Scarallo Finishes Eighth; Prendeville Caught Up in Crash Saturday in Milwaukee WEST ALLIS, Wis., June 2 - RLR/Andersen Racing's Joey Scarallo of Smithtown, N.Y. persevered and finished eighth in the Indy Pro Series race ...
RLR/Andersen Racing's Scarallo Finishes Eighth; Prendeville Caught Up in Crash Saturday in Milwaukee
WEST ALLIS, Wis., June 2 - RLR/Andersen Racing's Joey Scarallo of Smithtown, N.Y. persevered and finished eighth in the Indy Pro Series race Saturday at the Milwaukee Mile with his the GroupAWheels.com No. 15.
His teammate, Andrew Prendeville of Morristown, N.J., was hit in the rear at the start and ended up in the wall. Fortunately no one was hurt but unfortunately Prendeville didn't finish even one lap in the 100-lap race, which was called the Road Runner 100, with his Best Friends Animal Society No. 5. He was scored 20th at the end.
The race was a support event to Sunday's ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 IndyCar race.
Scarallo qualified 18th but moved up to 16th for the actual start after Stephen Simpson hit the outer backstretch wall in Turn 2 on the pace lap and Jon Brownson pitted. The multi-car accident that Prendeville was caught up in occurred next. By avoiding it Scarallo moved up to 13th when the race actually got going on lap 12.
Brownson spun in Turn 2 on that restart to move Scarallo up to 12th for the next restart on lap 17. He passed Brad Jaeger on that one to move into 11th, right behind the driver he would follow for most of the race, Marc Williams.
When the eighth-place car driven by Tom Wieringa went off on lap 21 Scarallo moved into the top 10, and with a quarter of the race in he was sandwiched between the drivers he would run with the bulk of the race, as Williams was ahead of him in ninth and Al Unser III was behind him in 11th. The latter had been slightly involved in the first-lap melee, but was still running and would eventually finish seventh.
On lap 36 Scarallo got around Williams to take ninth place. He tried to pass Bobby Wilson, who was eighth, but instead Unser passed Scarallo on lap 51 to push him back to tenth at the halfway point.
Scarallo stayed between Unser and Williams in tenth place until lap 83 when the fifth-place car driven by Ken Losch spun and hit the inside wall entering Turn 2, moving Scarallo to ninth. That moved Wade Cunningham into fifth but he faded eight laps from the end to move Scarallo into eighth place for the checkered.
Prendeville's race was less successful but more spectacular.
Probably the only person more surprised than Prendeville was when Stephen Simpson hit the backstretch wall on the pace lap was Simpson himself. Simpson had lined up sixth, while Prendeville started seventh.
Prendeville avoided getting involved but he wasn't so lucky at the actual start, becoming a victim of a seven-car crash in Turn 2 and the backstretch that started when Hideki Mutoh lost control of his car. Mutoh had taken the green in fifth and he and Prendeville were side-by-side at the start due to Simpson's absence.
After being clipped by Mutoh Prendeville had a wild ride, shooting across the track, getting hit by another driver who couldn't avoid him, and then ending up in the inside wall on the backstretch. It was his first DNF of the season.
Alex Lloyd continued to be unbeatable, leading all 100 laps from the pole. He was followed by Mike Potekhen, Jonathan Klein, Sean Guthrie and Bobby Wilson on Saturday.
Prendeville qualified seventh in the 22-car field Saturday afternoon. His second of two laps was his fastest, as he ran a lap in 25.5353 seconds for an average speed of 143.096 miles per hour.
Scarallo qualified 18th. His fastest lap took 26.3209 seconds for an average speed of 138.825 mph.
Alex Lloyd got the pole with a 25.0142 (146.077 mph).
The Milwaukee race will be broadcast at 6 p.m. Eastern time this coming Thursday, June 7, on ESPN2. A feature on Prendeville's Racing Laps for Best Friends program is scheduled to be part of that telecast.
Saturday's race was the fifth of 16 races on the 2007 schedule. The next two races are coming up June 16-17 on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of the U.S. Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend.
More information on the team can be found at andersenracingteam.com, while the series' Web site is at indycar.com/pro. Prendeville's program for the Best Friends Animal Society is explained on racinglapsforbestfriends.com.
Driver post-race quotes follow:
Joey Scarallo: "All I really saw of the big wreck at the start was a lot of smoke. It's a balancing act; you can't be too aggressive and you can't be too easy. For a minute I couldn't see anything. I got to the outside and threaded my way through.
"After the problems we had starting the race, I didn't think it would go green as long as it did.
"The car was fine. My biggest problem was my hands were going asleep. I might have a little bit of carpel tunnel syndrome or something; I'm going to the doctor on Tuesday to have it checked out. It's the worst I've ever had it. My hands were fine at Indy, but here they were going asleep. I think we could have finished even higher up if that hadn't happened."
Andrew Prendeville: "Before the start, Simpson popped the clutch, lit up the rear tires and went straight into the wall right in front of me.
"Then at the start, Mutoh essentially did the same thing. He popped the clutch, floored it, lit up the rear tires, bounced off the rev limiter, and that's what started it all.
"I know he was trying to get a good run, but I thought we had one going. I don't know why he was so impatient.
"He clipped me and I got into the outside wall. I tried to keep the car up against the wall, but it shot across the track. [Chris] Festa had nowhere to go and he hit me, and then I went into the inside wall. I just covered up at that point; I pulled my legs in and waited for the hit.
"This didn't help the Racing Laps for Best Friends program at all. It's a shame. We had a good car. I need to qualify better so I can avoid the messes.
"On a scale of one to 10, I guess the car is a two or a three. It could have been a lot worse."