RLR/Andersen Racing's Scarallo Qualifies Sixth; Prendeville Qualifies 12th At Nashville Friday LEBANON, Tenn., July 13 - RLR/Andersen Racing's Joey Scarallo and Andrew Prendeville got their first look at Nashville Superspeedway Friday morning.
RLR/Andersen Racing's Scarallo Qualifies Sixth; Prendeville Qualifies 12th At Nashville Friday
LEBANON, Tenn., July 13 - RLR/Andersen Racing's Joey Scarallo and Andrew Prendeville got their first look at Nashville Superspeedway Friday morning. On Friday afternoon they qualified sixth and 12th, respectively, for tomorrow afternoon's Sunbelt Rentals 100 Indy Pro Series race.
Scarallo, of Smithtown, N.Y., ran a lap in 25.9039 (180.668 miles per hour) for the 1.3-mile oval with his GroupAWheels.com No. 15 to earn the right to start on the outside of Row 3 beside Sean Guthrie.
Prendeville's Best Friends Animal Society No. 5 was timed in 26.0559 (179.614 mph), and the Morristown, N.J.-based driver will line up on the outside of Row 6 beside Jonathan Klein when the 77-lap race starts Saturday at 3:30 p.m. local time.
Scarallo's qualifying time was just 0.1671 off polesitter Alex Lloyd's 25.7368-seconds lap, while Prendeville's fastest lap took just 0.3191 longer than Lloyd's did.
The afternoon qualifying session went much better for the Fairfield, N.J.-based team than the first practice session did at 9:15 a.m. Friday morning. Scarallo blew an engine early in that session, while Prendeville cut a tire at the end.
Neither driver gave a thought to the fact that it was Friday the 13th, however.
"Friday the 13th doesn't matter at all to me," Prendeville said. "Car 13 is sitting third on the grid."
"I refuse to pay any attention to that Friday the 13th garbage," Scarallo said. "If it was up to me I'd paint the car green, give it number 13, step on every crack on my way out to the track and have a black cat cross my path."
Joey Scarallo: "About five laps into the first practice session this morning we blew an engine, and the guys had to scramble to get a new motor in.
"We learned a few things with Andrew's car in the second practice session, and when my car was on the scale pads the guys could adjust it accordingly. We did some work with our weight balance and made a few other adjustments.
"Andrew went out and did a good lap in qualifying. The guys said my car should be good, so I just went out and went for it, a lot on just their word.
"How do I like the track? Well, I like it better now after I qualified sixth than I did this morning when I blew the motor! It's a little bumpy, but I guess that's the way all concrete tracks are. So far today it's been a one-groove track. Hopefully a second groove will come in and make it easier to pass.
"I think I have the problem with my arms and hands solved. Mike Andersen said the same thing happened to him, and it ended up being the contours of the seat around the shoulders and how the HANS device fits in. It was cutting off some blood flow.
"We tested at Watkins Glen and we changed a few things with the seat. They were miniscule things, but it seemed like it solved the problem. It's great that we have an experienced driver like Mike on our team to give us input like that, or else instead of being a problem that we've solved, we'd still be chasing it."
Andrew Prendeville: "I guess we cut a tire in the first practice session; I didn't even know about it. They told me about it after they brought me in.
"The track is fun. It's bumpy but fast. I've never done a D-shaped oval before. Every oval I go to is new and different; I don't have much to compare it to. This morning was the first time I've seen this track."