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Fans Can Help a Good Cause Through Prendeville's Racing Laps for Best Friends Program LEBANON, Tenn., July 13 - IndyCar fans strolling along the midway behind the grandstands at Nashville Superspeedway today and Saturday can do more than eat a...

Fans Can Help a Good Cause Through Prendeville's Racing Laps for Best Friends Program

LEBANON, Tenn., July 13 - IndyCar fans strolling along the midway behind the grandstands at Nashville Superspeedway today and Saturday can do more than eat a hotdog or buy a hat.

They can help a very good cause at the Racing Laps for Best Friends tent.

Volunteers manning the tent will help them make donations to the Best Friends Animal Society through a unique racing program developed by Indy Pro Series driver Andrew Prendeville.

Fans around the world who can't be at the races this weekend can do the same thing through a Web site Prendeville developed at racinglapsforbestfriends.com.

Fans make donations to Best Friends Animal Society based on the number of laps the Morristown, N.J.-based driver completes in his Best Friends Animal Society No. 5 car in each Indy Pro Series race. He's hoping to complete all 77 laps of the Sunbelt Rentals Indy Pro Series race, which starts at 3:30 p.m. local time on Saturday. It's a support event for the Firestone Indy 200 IndyCar race Saturday night.

Pledges start at 25 cents per lap but can be made in any amount. Straight donations are also welcomed.

A raffle for 2008 Indy 500 tickets is also being offered as a fund-raiser for Best Friends. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the tent or on the racinglapsforbestfriends.com Web site.

Fans at the track can cheer for Prendeville and watch to see how many laps he completes. Fans who aren't at the track can watch the live timing and scoring on indycar.com/pro to see how Prendeville is doing.

Prendeville will start 12th in the 21-car race. He qualified in that position Friday afternoon with an average speed of 179.614 miles per hour (26.0559 seconds) for the 1.3-mile oval.

Best Friends operates the largest no-kill animal shelter in the United States, providing care for approximately 1,500 animals on any given day at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. It is affiliated with shelters and animal welfare groups around the world. Some animals that were displaced by Hurricane Katrina now live at Best Friends, as do some animals affected by the war in Iraq.

Best Friends worked with over 300 individuals and/or shelters in the Nashville area in the recent past. The services provided included everything from placements of animals at local shelters, working with feral cat colonies, to animal transport.

In addition, Best Friends is a major sponsor of "Tennessee Week for the Animals" Sept. 22-30. That event, which benefits shelters throughout the state, will kick off with a special adoption event for Nashville's animals Sept. 22 in Nashville featuring country music legend Emmy Lou Harris. More information about the week, which was designated by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, can be found at tennesseeanimals.org.

Fans can learn more about Prendeville's program on the racinglapsforbestfriends.com Web site. Best Friends' Web site is at bestfriends.org.

Saturday's Indy Pro Series race will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, July 18.

Credit: restart communications

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Series Indy Lights
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