Andrew Prendeville Captures Zetec Championship Win At Sebring SEBRING, FLA. (March 19, 2004) - Andrew Prendeville, of Monroeville, Pa., won Round Two of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at...
Andrew Prendeville Captures Zetec Championship Win At Sebring
SEBRING, FLA. (March 19, 2004) - Andrew Prendeville, of Monroeville, Pa., won Round Two of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Sebring International Raceway. Completing the top-three is Bobby Wilson, of Dousman, Wis., and Jason Bowles, of Ontario, Calif. Winning the American Continental Class is Bob Wright, of Old Chatham, N.Y.
The last race of the day, the Zetec Championship took the green flag at 5:50 p.m. As in race one, the field fanned out at the green, going three-wide into turn one. With Wade Cunningham looking to the inside, the polesitter Bowles held the lead. Running nose-to-tail the top-four cars battled for the lead around the 3.7-mile road course. At the conclusion of the lap, Bowles had built a small lead, as Wilson and Prendeville went side-by-side down the front straight. As Adam Pecorari joined the battle for second place, Bowles continued to stretch his lead. After falling back to fourth place, Prendeville, in the No. 25 Racelink/Roos Racing Andersen Walko Racing Van Diemen Ford, began to work his way to the front. Driving the fastest car on the course, Prendeville passed Wilson, in the No. 3 GreenKeeper/RW Racing Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, on lap eight, to move into third. Steadily closing on Bowles, in the No. 7 JDC Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, Prendeville took the lead on lap 11 of the 13-lap race. Following Prendeville's lead, Wilson made his way past Bowles on the same lap. For the remainder of the race, the lead trio maintained position, with Prendeville scoring the win by 0.761 second. The win is Prendeville's first in 17career starts.
"This is awesome," said Prendeville, who posted the second fastest lap of the race, marginally slower than his Andersen Walko Racing teammate Pecorari. "The car was absolutely perfect. I've missed being up here on the top spot."
"I'm happy with the second place finish," said Wilson who finished fourth in race one. "It's important to get valuable points early in the season."
"I just made a mistake," said Bowles, who went off-course after being passed by Prendeville. "The team gave me a great car, but I couldn't run with the guys after they got past."
"I was my turn to win," said Wright, who beat his teammate and race one winner Alan Guibord. "Alan spun and I took advantage."
Completing the top-five is Pecorari, of Aston, Pa., in the No. 28 SAI Hydraulics Andersen Walko Van Diemen Ford, who started second and Doug Prendeville, of Morristown, N.J., in the No. 24 Train Collector's Warehouse Van Diemen Ford, who started sixth. The next event for the Formula Ford Zetec Championship is at Road Atlanta in late April.