Watkins Glen: Andrew Prendeville preview

Fans Can Donate to Best Friends Animal Society Through Two Races in One Day Saturday at Watkins Glen LAS VEGAS, July 1 - Fans can get involved in the excitement of two Firestone Indy Lights races in a single day and simultaneously help a great...

Fans Can Donate to Best Friends Animal Society Through Two Races in One Day Saturday at Watkins Glen

LAS VEGAS, July 1 - Fans can get involved in the excitement of two Firestone Indy Lights races in a single day and simultaneously help a great cause Saturday through Andrew Prendeville's Racing Laps for Best Friends program as highlighted on the racinglapsforbestfriends.com Web site.

For the first time ever the series will stage two races on one day when the Corning Duels are held Saturday at 11:15 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Both events are slated to be 29 laps long. That's important, because fans make pledges to the not-for-profit Best Friends Animal Society based on the number of laps Prendeville completes in all of the Firestone Indy Lights races in his Best Friends Animal Society No. 5.

Per-lap donations are accepted in any amount starting at 25 cents. Payments are made safely on-line through credit cards. All of the proceeds go directly to Best Friends.

Should a fan pledge $1 per lap for both races and Prendeville finishes all the laps possible on Saturday, the fan will make a $58 donation to Best Friends at the end of the day.

Prendeville finished all the laps in the doubleheader at the Glen last year, although those races were held on separate days. The Las Vegas-based driver, a New Jersey native, finished in the top 10 in both events.

Fans can also purchase raffle tickets to benefit Best Friends on the racinglapsforbestfriends.com Web site. The prizes are sessions at the famous Bertil Roos Racing School.

Practice sessions will be held at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday before SWE Qualifying at 5 p.m. that day sets the starting line-up for the first race.

Then the pressure mounts even higher. It will be very important for Prendeville to avoid being involved in a crash in the first race on Saturday morning. Although his RLR/Andersen Racing pit crew is excellent, if Prendeville is involved in an accident they might not have enough time to repair his car before the second race gets the green flag at 3:20 p.m.

The starting line-up for the second race will be determined by the finishing order of the first race, although several positions at the top of the field may be inverted.

Live timing and scoring and Webcast coverage will be available on indycar.com. ESPN2 will tape both races for broadcast at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, July 10.

Saturday's doubleheader begins a particularly busy span for the series, as there are five races scheduled within 15 days in three different states. After the Glen the circuit moves to Nashville Superspeedway on July 12, followed by another doubleheader at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course July 19-20.

Best Friends is one of the most respected animal welfare groups in the world. It cares for some 1,500 animals on any given day at its sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.

Those animals include 22 of the dogs formerly owned by NFL player Michael Vick, and a dog named Ballsy that was rescued following Hurricane Katrina. Prendeville sponsors the latter animal via Best Friends' Web site at bestfriends.org. Details of Ballsy's rehabilitation can be obtained through a blog Prendeville writes on racinglapsforbestfriends.com. Ballsy was also the inspiration for the Racing Laps for Best Friends logo found on Prendeville's race car.

In addition to racinglapsforbestfriends.com and bestfriends.org, fans can find more information at andrewprendeville.com, andersenracingteam.com and indycar.com/indylights.

-credit: ap/restart communications

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Series Indy Lights
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