Nashville: RLR/Andersen Racing qualifying notes

RLR/Andersen's Drivers to Start 10th and 12th At Nashville Superspeedway Saturday LEBANON, Tenn., July 11 - RLR/Andersen Racing's J.R. Hildebrand and Andrew Prendeville will start on the outside of Rows 5 and 6 when the Sunbelt Rentals 100 ...

RLR/Andersen's Drivers to Start 10th and 12th At Nashville Superspeedway Saturday

LEBANON, Tenn., July 11 - RLR/Andersen Racing's J.R. Hildebrand and Andrew Prendeville will start on the outside of Rows 5 and 6 when the Sunbelt Rentals 100 Firestone Indy Lights race gets the green flag at 4:30 p.m. EDT Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway.

Hildebrand, of Sausalito, Calif., and Indianapolis, recorded laps in 26.1389 and 26.3100 seconds with the Allied Building Products No. 25 in SWE Race Car Parts Qualifying Friday afternoon. That gave him the tenth starting spot with a total time of 52.4489 and an average speed of 178.459 miles per hour.

Prendeville, a native of Chatham Township, N.J. who now lives in Las Vegas, clicked off laps in 26.3314 and 26.2468 in the Best Friends Animal Society No. 5 to qualify 12th. His combined time was 52.5782 for an average speed of 178.021 mph.

Although he said his car was loose in qualifying, Hildebrand picked up 1.5 miles per hour in qualifying from the best time he ran in practice earlier on Friday. Prendeville gained even more, jumping 3.2 miles per hour when it counted.

The RLR/Andersen Racing drivers will share their rows with Guthrie Racing drivers at the start of the 77-lap race. Logan Gomez will start alongside Hildebrand, while Sean Guthrie will share Row 6 with Prendeville when the green flag drops.

Twenty Dallaras are entered here. Qualifying was held in hot and humid conditions, with temperatures of 92 degrees Fahrenheit and 41 percent humidity. Similar conditions are expected when tomorrow's race on the 1.3-mile concrete oval begins at 3:30 p.m. local time.

After Nashville the circuit moves to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio for a doubleheader next Saturday and Sunday. Andersen Racing's F2000 team is competing there this weekend.

Allied Building Products Corp. sponsors the Palmetto, Fla.-based team. It is the official development team of Rahal Letterman Racing.

J.R. Hildebrand: "The Allied Interior Products car was super loose on the first lap, and I'm a little unclear why. We've been up and down with the set-up all day. We'll have to look over some stuff and see if we can figure out what's going on. My car was plenty quick, but it was a handful."

Andrew Prendeville: "We definitely made some improvements on the Best Friends Animal Society car from practice, but they're set-up things that I can't talk about.

"It's hard to pass here, but I think the car will be good for tomorrow. We're just looking for a good finish tomorrow."

-credit: rlr/ar

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Andrew Prendeville , Logan Gomez , Sean Guthrie , J.R. Hildebrand