RLR/Andersen's Herrington Qualifies Ninth; Hildebrand to Start 13th Saturday Night at Kentucky Speedway SPARTA, Ky., Aug. 8 - RLR/Andersen Racing's Dallaras will both be on the inside for the start of the 67-lap Firestone Indy Lights race...
RLR/Andersen's Herrington Qualifies Ninth; Hildebrand to Start 13th Saturday Night at Kentucky Speedway
SPARTA, Ky., Aug. 8 - RLR/Andersen Racing's Dallaras will both be on the inside for the start of the 67-lap Firestone Indy Lights race Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. Daniel Herrington of Winston-Salem, N.C. qualified the Andersen Racing No. 5 in ninth place Friday afternoon at the 1.5-mile trioval, while J.R. Hildebrand of Sausalito, Calif., ended up 13th with the Palmetto, Fla.-based team's Allied Building Products No. 25.
Herrington, who is making his first start with the team, will be on the inside of Row 5 for the start, beside Richard Antinucci. Hildebrand, who is fourth in the point standings going into this event, race 13 of 16 to be run this year, will be on the inside of Row 7 beside Mike Potekhen.
The combined time of each driver's two qualifying laps counted for his or her qualifying results. Herrington ended up with a combined time of 56.4021 for an average speed of 188.929 miles per hour. Hildebrand's two laps took 56.5793 for an average speed of 188.337 mph.
The Firestone Indy Lights race follows the Meijer Indy 300 IndyCar event tomorrow night. All 66,089 grandstand seats have been sold for the doubleheader. The 24-car Firestone Indy Lights race is tentatively scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m. Eastern time.
Following tomorrow night's race, the Firestone Indy Lights circuit moves to Hildebrand's home track, Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., for a doubleheader Aug. 23-24. The season finale is at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Sept. 7.
The Kentucky Firestone Indy Lights race will be shown on ESPN2 on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. Eastern time.
RLR/Andersen Racing is sponsored by Allied Building Products Corp. The team is the official development team of Hilliard, Ohio's Rahal Letterman Racing.
The team's Web sites are at andersenracingteam.com and andersenracepark.com. More information on the Firestone Indy Lights series is available at indycar.com/lights.
Post-qualifying quotes follow:
Daniel Herrington: "It was my first time qualifying a Firestone Indy Lights car on an oval, but it went pretty well. We learned a few things. I don't know if I was faster on the first lap than the second or not, but it wouldn't surprise me. On the first lap you can set it up for a good run coming out of the last corner, so the first laps are sometimes artificially faster.
"The Andersen Racing No. 5 was a little loose on the first corner after the green, but then it was better the rest of the way.
"The set-up for qualifying isn't even applicable for the race set-up tomorrow since we qualified in the afternoon and tomorrow's race is at night. You need to do pretty well in qualifying so you can run with the fastest cars during the race, but we've been working hardest on our race set-up today. If you don't start too far at the back, hopefully you can pass a couple cars during the race and it'll work out. That's our plan; hopefully it will pay off tomorrow night."
J.R. Hildebrand: "We were faster in practice; we have to figure out what happened. The Allied Building Products car handled fine; it was just slow for some reason in qualifying. We'll have to go over the data and see if we can find a reason and then fix it for tomorrow."