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RLR/Andersen Racing's Prendeville to Start Tenth, Scarallo 16th Tomorrow In Freedom 100 at IMS INDIANAPOLIS, May 24 - RLR/Andersen Racing drivers Andrew Prendeville of Morristown, N.J. and Joey Scarallo of Smithtown, N.Y. qualified tenth and ...

RLR/Andersen Racing's Prendeville to Start Tenth, Scarallo 16th Tomorrow In Freedom 100 at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS, May 24 - RLR/Andersen Racing drivers Andrew Prendeville of Morristown, N.J. and Joey Scarallo of Smithtown, N.Y. qualified tenth and 16th, respectively, Thursday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Friday's Freedom 100 Indy Pro Series race.

Prendeville's qualifying run in the Best Friends Animal Society No. 5 was done at 186.460 miles per hour (two laps at 48.1952 and 48.3403 for a combined total of 1:36.5355). Scarallo's run in the GroupAWheels.com No. 15 was done at 185.833 mph (48.3915 and 48.4698 for a combined 1:36.8613). Both drivers are rookies in the Indy Pro Series, the official development series of IndyCar.

Prendeville's time was just 0.9084 of a second off the 1:35.6271 (188.231 mph) of polesitter Ken Losch, while Scarallo's run took just 1.2342 seconds longer than the surprise polesitter's two laps did.

Both of the RLR/Andersen Racing drivers will start on the outside. Prendeville will be on the outside of row five beside Jon Brownson, while Scarallo will be three rows further back beside Shane Jantzi for the 12:30 p.m. Eastern time start of the 24-car, 40-lap race on the Brickyard's famous 2.5-mile oval.

The race will be broadcast at 4 p.m. tomorrow on ESPN2. Live timing and scoring will be offered on indycar.com/pro. More information on the team can be found at andersenracingteam.com. Prendeville is doing a special program for the Best Friends Animal Society that is explained on racinglapsforbestfriends.com.

The weather forecast for tomorrow predicts scattered thunderstorms.

Both of the RLR/Andersen Racing drivers were in the top 10 in the final practice session Thursday afternoon. Scarallo was seventh with a 186.575 mph lap, while Prendeville was tenth with a 184.998.

Andrew Prendeville: "That should be in the top 10. The car was real good. The wind didn't affect it too much. I think the RLR/Andersen Racing guys did a good job with the set-up. I think there's a little more speed in the Best Friends Animal Society car, and it's a big improvement from how we started at Homestead. We keep improving every time we go out. Hopefully we can keep improving. I hope all the fans will go to racinglapsforbestfriends.com and make their pledges. We'll do our best to complete all the laps tomorrow and get a good finish."

Joey Scarallo: "I thought we'd be in the top 10, but I guess we're 16th. The GroupAWheels.com car felt fine. The qualifying run was good; the field is just really tight. It was a bit windy, but it was fine. I think we'll be a lot better in the race though. We're in, and tomorrow we'll try to go to the front and make some really good news."

-credit: rlr/ar

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Jon Brownson , Andrew Prendeville , Ken Losch , Shane Jantzi