Prendeville and Pecorari Finish Second and Third in Points after FF Zetec Season Finale ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 22 - Andersen Walko Racing won the 2004 team championship in the SCCA Formula Ford Zetec series on Saturday and its two ...
Prendeville and Pecorari Finish Second and Third in Points after FF Zetec Season Finale
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 22 - Andersen Walko Racing won the 2004 team championship in the SCCA Formula Ford Zetec series on Saturday and its two drivers, Andrew Prendeville of Monroeville, Pa. and Adam Pecorari of Aston, Pa. finished second and third in the driver's championship Sunday afternoon after the 12-lap season finale at Road America.
With an eighth-place finish in Sunday's race due to a bent suspension piece, Prendeville finished the year just 16 points shy of the race winner and the driver champion, Bobby Wilson, 333 points to 317 after 16 events.
Pecorari led three laps Sunday but he spun in turn eight on lap five, regrouping to finish fourth in the race and third in the championship with 308 points.
Pecorari started second in his Grand Prix Distributing/SAI Hydraulics/Andersen Walko Racing Van Diemen Ford #28. He got the lead at the initial start but Ian Lacy got by him going into turn three to lead lap one. Pecorari got him back with an outside move in turn one on lap two to regain the lead. Wilson took over when Pecorari spun in turn eight, which dropped him back to tenth. He was seventh by lap seven but he passed three cars the next lap to move into fifth. He crossed the start/finish line side-by-side with Jason Bowles in the battle for fourth on lap 10. When they came by the next time he was in fourth, which is where he finished when the checkered waved two laps later. He set the fastest race lap in the process.
Prendeville started tenth but unfortunately the left-front A-arm bent on his Racelink/Roos Racing School/Train Collectors Warehouse Van Diemen Ford #25 early in the race and he had his hands full just hanging on to it the rest of the way.
Like Pecorari he got a great start, advancing to seventh on lap one and sixth on lap two. He did his best to catch Jason Bowles but with the bent suspension that was a tall order, and he stayed in sixth place for three laps. When his teammate spun he moved to fifth, but on lap eight Pecorari, Ian Baas and Chris Guerrieri got around him to push him back to eighth, which is where he finished.
Wilson had a 2.484-second margin of victory over Wade Cunningham, while the third podium spot went to Lacy.
For more information on the team championship-winning group, which is based in North Versailles, Pa. and Fairfield, N.J., see www.andersenwalko.com, www.cooperseries.com, www.prendy.net, www.adampecorari.com and www.restartcommunications.com.
Driver quotes follow:
Pecorari: "I spun in turn eight; I just pushed too hard. Nobody else was involved.
"My car was really good; that's how I was able to pass three guys that one lap.
"I can't be too upset; the car was awesome, and that's that. It was a good season."
Prendeville: "The left-front A-arm bent early in the race. There was no contact with anybody; it was just a mechanical failure. I was driving my ass off to get up to Bowles, but the handling was so bad that I just couldn't catch him. I had to stay off the curbs, and it definitely hurt my lap times. It changed the toe too; I couldn't get a draft on anybody.
"The motor was great.
"The team has done an awesome job all year.
"I want to congratulate Bobby Wilson on the championship. He stepped it up when he had to. Bad luck just hit us at the wrong time. I had two parts break and a bad motor this weekend, but we all did the best that we could do.
"I have to thank John Walko, Phil Wills, Ben Butler and Dan Andersen for all the hard work they've done in the last two years. Last year was our first year as a team. We struggled last year getting used to everything. Over the off-season Adam and I talked it over and our goal was to win races and go for the championship. Both Adam and I worked our tails off to help get the team to where it is today and we won the team championship this year. We had the most team wins and we finished one-two twice, and that shows by the team points.
"There's one other person I have to thank - Adam. Adam is probably the best teammate I'll ever have.
"I wish Adam and Bobby the best of luck next year, and I'll beat them next time!"