RLR/Andersen Entries Qualify At Homestead for 2007 Indy Pro Series Season Opener HOMESTEAD, Fla., March 23 - Andrew Prendeville of Morristown, N.J. qualified 21st and Joey Scarallo of Smithtown, N.Y. qualified 23rd on Friday night ...
RLR/Andersen Entries Qualify At Homestead for 2007 Indy Pro Series Season Opener
HOMESTEAD, Fla., March 23 - Andrew Prendeville of Morristown, N.J. qualified 21st and Joey Scarallo of Smithtown, N.Y. qualified 23rd on Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway as RLR/Andersen Racing made its official debut in Indy Pro Series competition with the two promising series rookies.
Andersen Racing, of Fairfield, N.J., is the official Indy Pro Series development team of top IndyCar team Rahal Letterman Racing.
Driving the RLR/Andersen Racing No. 5 and promoting bestfriends.org, Prendeville was timed in 29.4739 for an average speed of 181.381 miles per hour.
A few minutes before Prendeville's run Scarallo put his RLR/Andersen Racing No. 15 into the show too, running a 29.5564 (180.875 mph) with his Dallara, which advertises GroupAWheels.com.
Prendeville will start in Row 11 tomorrow beside A.J. Russell, while Scarallo will be right behind him in Row 12 beside Jaime Camara.
The two young drivers are among 15 series rookies in the field of 26.
Chris Festa got the SWE Race Car Parts pole with a 28.5455 (187.280 mph) lap.
Scarallo was the second driver to take time while Prendeville was the fifth to go by the timing beacon. Both ran their fastest time on the second of two qualifying laps. The weather was mostly cloudy, with an 18 mph breeze and temperatures in the low seventies for the qualifying session, run under the lights. It rained a little before qualifying, but the track was dry for the session.
The 67-lap/100-mile race is set to get the green flag at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow. Live timing and scoring will be available on indycar.com. The race is slated to be broadcast on Wednesday, March 28 at 5 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.
Andersen Racing is committed to offering a program that gives up-and-coming drivers the proper training to reach open-wheel racing's major leagues. It fields multiple cars in the Hankook Tires F2000 Championship, the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear and the Indy Pro Series. More information on the team is available on its Web site at andersenracingteam.com.
Post-qualifying quotes follow:
Andrew Prendeville: "We're happy. The car's balance was real good. It might have been the best it's been since we got here; it was hard to tell since we only ran a couple of laps tonight, but it was good.
"I've never qualified on an oval before - ever - or at night, or in an Indy Pro Series car, so I don't have much to compare it to. But overall it was cool. We'll see what happens."
Joey Scarallo: "It was OK for the first time. I needed to run a higher line on the first lap to get up to speed quicker. We used the set-up from this morning, and the car was fine. I think the car will be good for the race.
"The track is fine. They did a good job drying it. Everything felt fine. I went higher than normal on the first lap, but I just didn't run high enough. That's what I learned this session."