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RLR/Andersen's Hildebrand Finishes Fourth While Herrington Places Seventh Saturday at Infineon Raceway SONOMA, Calif., Aug. 23 - Six and four were J.R. Hildebrand's lucky numbers Saturday at Infineon Raceway. The RLR/Andersen Racing driver ...

RLR/Andersen's Hildebrand Finishes Fourth While Herrington Places Seventh Saturday at Infineon Raceway

SONOMA, Calif., Aug. 23 - Six and four were J.R. Hildebrand's lucky numbers Saturday at Infineon Raceway. The RLR/Andersen Racing driver started sixth and finished fourth in the 30-lap Carneros 100 Firestone Indy Lights race, which moved him up from sixth to fourth in the current point standings with his Allied Building Products No. 25.

The Palmetto, Fla.-based team's other Firestone Indy Lights driver, Daniel Herrington of Winston-Salem, N.C., finished where he started, placing seventh in the Andersen Racing No. 5.

The RLR/Andersen Racing drivers put on the best show. Positions one through three remained unchanged throughout the race, but Hildebrand charged by Ana Beatriz on lap one for fifth place. The Sausalito, Calif.-based Hildebrand then passed Logan Gomez for fourth place working lap two. He stayed in fourth place the rest of the way, sandwiched between Richard Antinucci and Gomez.

Herrington, of Winston-Salem, N.C., chased Beatriz throughout the race, and as the race progressed he had a closer battle with her than the other top runners were having with their rivals. He got close several times, but couldn't make a pass stick.

Polesitter Franck Perera led the whole way to post the victory over Raphael Matos and Antinucci. Two full-course cautions for spins in Turn 4 slowed the event from laps two to three and laps five to six.

The top eight finishers from Saturday's race will be inverted to set the starting line-up for a similar event here on Sunday, with the rest of the field following as they finished. That puts Herrington in second for the start tomorrow, beside polesitter Pablo Donoso. Hildebrand will start fifth beside Antinucci.

The second half of the doubleheader is scheduled to get the green flag Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

The race distance is advertised as 69 miles, but Turn 11 was added for the start and restarts, which will change the record books for stats.

J.R. Hildebrand: "It went well. The Allied Building Products car felt really good, particularly at the beginning of the race. Then the front tires were going off, so that was affecting me on the brakes, especially in the slower corners. That allowed Gomez to catch up.

"We qualified with these tires. The ones we'll use in tomorrow's race have fewer laps on them, so that should help. We'll make a couple of changes, and I think we'll have a really good run tomorrow."

Daniel Herrington: "The Andersen Racing car was all right, but it lacked front grip. We made a change this morning which probably turned out to not be the best way to go, so we'll probably go back to what we had earlier for tomorrow's race.

"I was faster than Ana through Turns 1 to 6, but she was able to get a gap on me on the back half of the track, where there are more passing opportunities. I could catch her on the first part of a lap, but they she'd get ahead of me on the second half of the track.

"My car is quick on it's own; we'll try to make it better in traffic for tomorrow."

-credit: rlr/ar

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Richard Antinucci , Pablo Donoso , Daniel Herrington , Logan Gomez , J.R. Hildebrand , Franck Perera