AWR's Prendeville Is Second Again Sunday at Road Atlanta
BRASELTON, Ga., April 25 - Andersen Walko Racing's Andrew Prendeville of Monroeville, Pa. earned second place for the second time in two days Sunday afternoon at Road Atlanta in Formula Ford Zetec competition, part of the Cooper Tires championship series.
Another driver on the team, which is based in Fairfield, N.J. and North Versailles, Pa., Adam Pecorari of Aston, Pa., started at the rear but finished seventh in the SAI Hydraulics-sponsored #28.
A third AWR driver, Mike Andersen of Green Pond, Pa., had to park his Van Diemen early when a fuel line came off.
In Formula SCCA action on Sunday morning, AWR's Jonathan Klein of Long Grove, Ill. charged up from tenth to finish fourth, setting the fastest lap of the race and a new track record.
AWR's Chris Meredith of Potomac, Md. started eighth and finished fifth in the FSCCA race even though his car was pushing.
The team's third driver in that class, Danny Abbale of Northport, N.Y., had to start at the rear but he clawed his way up to seventh at the checkered.
Prendeville's AWR Racelink/Roos Racing School Van Diemen Ford No. 25 had a complete new set of gears for Sunday's FF Zetec race after he experienced problems in that area on Saturday, but the car was still popping out of gear during Sunday's race. Somehow he held it together for the podium finish, vaulting to third in the overall point standings.
"It was important to come away with valuable points at Road Atlanta," said Prendeville of his double second-place finishes. "It got interesting late in the race, as the car kept popping out of fourth gear in turn one, which cost me a lot of time."
Point leader Bobby Wilson led all 18 laps. Prendeville was busy battling for most of the race with the third-place finisher, Jason Bowles.
Pecorari had to start next to last due to being taken out of Saturday's race. He charged up to seventh despite the fact that his car developed a push due to a loose front winglet that developed around the mid-way point.
In FSCCA action, Klein got off to a great start in his AWR Van Diemen No. 26, which is sponsored by Nexus Distribution Corp., Midwest Steel & Services, Ironclad Performance Wear, ProStar, Kalfact Plastics and Fettes, Love & Sieben.
He drove with conviction, and was already in the top five by lap two. One lap later he charged by Justin Pritchard for fourth.
Meredith was on the move too, taking fifth on lap 11 with his MII Security Consultants-sponsored car.
Two laps later Klein closed in on the eventual third-place finisher, Enzo Potolicchio of Venezuela, and in so doing set the fastest lap of the race and a new track record with a 1:27.482 (102.878 mph). He couldn't quite make a pass stick, however, and he ended up fourth at the end of the 18-lap race with his teammate right behind in fifth.
Abbale almost got by Pritchard at the end too, and finished seventh.
Franklin Futrelle of Augusta, Ga. led all the way for his first FSCCA victory. Point leader Elivan Goulart of Huntington, Conn. was second, 1.09 seconds behind.
The FF Zetec cars race again right away, as they'll appear at the Road and Track U.S. Sports Car Invitational at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif. on May 2. Then they're off to Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario on May 23 and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 27.
The series officials want to investigate some concerns with the FSCCA cars' gearbox components, so that class will have a pause in its schedule until July 5, when it's slated to join the FF Zetec cars at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.
For more information see the team's Web site at www.andersenwalko.com and the series' Web site at www.cooperseries.com. Additional information can be found at www.prendy.net, www.adampecorari.com, www.abbalemotorsports.com and www.meredithmotorsports.com.