RLR/Andersen Racing's Prendeville Finishes Seventh, Hildebrand Involved in Crash At Infineon on Saturday

SONOMA, Calif., Aug. 25 - RLR/Andersen Racing's Andrew Prendeville started 13th and finished a solid seventh in the Carneros 100 Indy Pro Series race Saturday at Infineon Raceway here with his Best Friends Animal Society No. 5. His teammate, J.R. Hildebrand, started 12th but dropped out with four laps complete when his Formotion Products No. 15 was the victim of a multi-car accident in Turn 11 of the 2.26-mile road course on lap two of the 30-lap race.

Prendeville, of Morristown, N.J., will start second in the second half of the doubleheader here on Sunday because race winner and series champion Alex Lloyd pulled the number eight in a special drawing after Saturday's race. That meant the top eight finishers of Saturday's race will be inverted for the start of Sunday's race, which is slated to get the green flag at 10:20 a.m. local time. Ryan Justice will be on the pole Sunday with Prendeville alongside him.

Hildebrand, of Sausalito, Calif., will have to start 22nd in tomorrow's race, which is called the Valley of Moon 100. Both events support Sunday's Motorola Indy 300 presented by Jackson Rancheria IndyCar race.

Prendeville got by Justice and Hildebrand on the first lap to move into 11th, while Hildebrand was 13th at the end of lap one.

Bobby Wilson spun in Turn 11 on lap two. Wilson stopped safely out of the racing line, but then rejoined the field right in front of a pack of cars that included Hildebrand, Robbie Pecorari and Wade Cunningham. Hildebrand had nowhere to go, contact occurred, and although Hildebrand dipped into the pits for repairs, his race was over due to suspension damage. The accident also brought out the first of two full-course yellows on laps three and four for debris, which included pieces of Hildebrand's car's nose and front wing.

That moved Prendeville up to tenth for the restart on lap five. He remained in tenth, running between Jonathan Klein and Justice, until lap 17. At that point he moved up to eighth when there was contact between Jaime Camara and Hideki Mutoh in Turn 11 which left Mutoh stranded and brought out the second and final full-course caution.

Right before the restart on lap 20 the fifth-place car driven by Phil Giebler had a problem and stalled, which moved Prendeville up to seventh two-thirds of the way through the event. He stayed there, running between Logan Gomez and Justice, the rest of the way.

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