NA-F2000: Andersen Racing Watkins Glen weekend summary

Andersen Racing's Prendeville Wins on Father's Day at the Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 15 - Andersen Racing's Doug Prendeville of Whippany, N.J. gave his father, Ed, a terrific Father's Day present when he won the sixth round of the F2000 ...

Andersen Racing's Prendeville Wins on Father's Day at the Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 15 - Andersen Racing's Doug Prendeville of Whippany, N.J. gave his father, Ed, a terrific Father's Day present when he won the sixth round of the F2000 Championship Series presented by Hoosier Racing Tire Sunday at Watkins Glen International.

Prendeville became the third Andersen Racing driver to win at the historic 3.4-mile road course in the last eight days. Charles Hall of Sheffield, England won a Star Mazda race here last Saturday, and Anders Krohn of Sandnes, Norway won the first half of the F2000 doubleheader here yesterday for the Palmetto, Fla.-based team.

Prendeville started third in the Allied Interior Products/Restart Communications No. 5 Van Diemen. He took second on the start by blasting by Kyle Marcelli, and then zeroed in on his teammate, Krohn, who had won the pole in the No. 9 Andersen Racing Van Diemen sponsored by Trallfa Industries, Colosseum Dental and Kruse Smith.

Krohn, who has won four F2000 races this year and is the current point leader, won the pole Sunday morning with a lap in 1:53.874, breaking Mike Andersen's former mark of 1:54.0 set in 2006.

Krohn led every practice and qualifying session at the Glen as well as every lap of Saturday's race. He got off to a 3-second lead initially in Sunday's race before a yellow came out on lap three for multiple incidents.

The restart on lap seven turned out to be the race's defining moment. The top runners went four wide in Turn 1, with Prendeville coming out on top.

Prendeville was never again headed. He had a whopping 4.875-seconds lead at the checkered flag as he posted his first victory ever at the historic track, and his first triumph since 2002. He set the fastest lap of the race to boot with a sizzling 1:55.647.

Krohn's day disintegrated shortly after he lost the lead. His car developed a problem with its left-rear suspension, and he was forced to retire from the event a few laps later.

Another Andersen Racing driver, Jonny Baker, could commiserate with Krohn. Baker, of Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire, England, started seventh in the Allied Interior Products entry, but worked his way up from sixth to second behind Prendeville during the chaotic restart. His hopes were immediately dashed, however, when he was hit in the rear by another competitor exiting Turn 1 just seconds later, forcing him out prematurely too.

Andersen Racing's Masters class representative, Scott Willard of Weston, Conn., retired after the right-front wing of his BroadReach Partners No. 14 was bent during an altercation on the initial start.

Sunday's race attracted a field of 35. Joining Prendeville on the podium were runner-up Tim Minor and Marcelli.

The next F2000 doubleheader is July 12-13 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Prendeville's brother, Andrew, will also be in action at Watkins Glen in a Firestone Indy Lights doubleheader here July 5. Andrew Prendeville drives the Best Friends Animal Society No. 5 for RLR/Andersen Racing, which also fields a Firestone Indy Lights car for J.R. Hildebrand. The team is the development team of Rahal Letterman Racing.

Andersen Racing is sponsored by Allied Building Products Corp. It is the official Van Diemen factory team in F2000.

The team's Web sites are at andersenracingteam.com and andersenracepark.com. More information on the F2000 series is available at eformulacarnews.com and f2000championshipseries.com.

Post-race quotes follow:

Doug Prendeville: "I qualified third, got second on the start, and then passed Anders on the restart going into Turn 1.

"Dad went home yesterday, but he'll hear about this, I'm sure.

"Tim [Minor] got close to me once in the Bus Stop, but then I calmed down and put some good laps down and got a gap going.

"This is my third car this season, and I like this one the best.  The car was
the best it's been all weekend today.  It was great!

"I want to thank Dan Andersen, Michelle Kish, Mike Reggio, Steve Thexton and everybody else at Andersen Racing, as well as my driver coach for this race, Tony Kester.

"I was glad to be able to get a win for Restart Communications. They represent a lot of drivers, but they said I'm the first one to actually win a race carrying their decals. They're through the moon about it."

Anders Krohn: "Two bolts that are part of the left-rear suspension worked loose. I don't know if I got hit on the restart or not to cause it; I didn't feel anything.

"I got off to a good start. I was leading by 3 seconds for the first three or four laps, and then the safety car came out. I wasn't ready for the restart, and I got passed in the first corner. Then the bolts came loose, so I would have had to retire anyway.

"We had the pace to win. We need to take Saturday's victory, the two poles and the new track record from here, and take that on to Mid-Ohio."

Jonny Baker: "I got a mega-start; I was flying. I started seventh, and worked my way up to second behind Doug after the restart. Then another driver came up from behind in Turn 1 and turned into my sidepod, taking me out. It's a shame because I did the hard work to get up there, and I wanted to give the team a good result.

"I'm really happy for Doug though. He's looked after me for a year and a half now, so I'm really pleased that he won. He really deserves it. I just wanted to be up there on the podium with him for our team, because it's the best."

-credit: ar

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Tony Kester , Andrew Prendeville , Doug Prendeville , Charles Hall , J.R. Hildebrand , Jonny Baker , Anders Krohn