Nashville: Andrew Prendeville preview

Fans Can Donate to a Great Cause While Enjoying Saturday's Firestone Indy Lights Race at Nashville LEBANON, Tenn., July 9 - Fans can take an active role in Saturday's Firestone Indy Lights race at Nashville Superspeedway while helping a great ...

Fans Can Donate to a Great Cause While Enjoying Saturday's Firestone Indy Lights Race at Nashville

LEBANON, Tenn., July 9 - Fans can take an active role in Saturday's Firestone Indy Lights race at Nashville Superspeedway while helping a great cause through Andrew Prendeville's Racing Laps for Best Friends program.

Through a Web site at racinglapsforbestfriends.com, fans can make donations to the not-for-profit Best Friends Animal Society based on the number of laps Prendeville completes in Saturday's 77-lap race, which starts at 3:30 p.m. Central time (4:30 p.m. Eastern) on the 1.33-mile oval in Lebanon, Tenn.

In addition to making per-lap donations, fans can also purchase Best Friends raffle tickets at racinglapsforbestfriends.com. Prizes are sessions at the famous Bertil Roos Racing School.

It won't be hard for them to find Prendeville in the race, as his car is the Best Friends Animal Society No. 5. If fans look closely at the car they'll spot a cartoon rendition of Ballsy, a dog rescued after Hurricane Katrina. Ballsy is now one of the 1,500 animals living at Best Friends' sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. Prendeville sponsors him via Best Friends' Web site at bestfriends.org. Fans can learn more about Ballsy on Prendeville's blog about him at racinglapsforbestfriends.com.

Prendeville is looking forward to tackling Nashville's concrete surface this week in practice, qualifying and the race, which is called the Sunbelt Rentals 100. It supports Saturday night's Firestone Indy 200 IndyCar Series race.

The Firestone Indy Lights cars practice from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. local time on Friday. SWE Pole Qualifying will be held at 4:15 p.m. local time Friday afternoon.

Fans who can't attend Saturday's race in person can follow the Internet coverage at indycar.com. The race will be televised at 2:30 p.m. Eastern July 17 on ESPN2.

Prendeville finished all the laps possible in the two Firestone Indy Lights races last Saturday at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. The first race was shortened one lap due to time constraints, so it was 28 laps long rather than 29 as originally reported. The second race went the scheduled 29 laps, so fans that made per-lap donations to Best Friends for the Watkins Glen doubleheader will be multiplying their donation amount by 57. Fans can watch ESPN2 coverage of those races at 2 p.m. Eastern tomorrow, July 10.

After this Saturday's race in Nashville, Prendeville will compete in a doubleheader at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on July 19-20. Donations based on those races, as well as the others remaining on the 2008 schedule, are being accepted now at racinglapsforbestfriends.com.

In addition to racinglapsforbestfriends.com, bestfriends.org and indycar.com/indylights, more information is available at andrewprendeville.com and andersenracingteam.com.

-credit: ap/restart communications

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