IPS: Indy I: Andrew Prendeville race notes

Prendeville Finishes 17 of 18 Laps Saturday in First Half of Liberty Challenge Doubleheader For Racing Laps for Best Friends INDIANAPOLIS, June 16 - Andrew Prendeville finished 17 of 18 laps in Saturday's Indy Pro Series race at the Indianapolis...

Prendeville Finishes 17 of 18 Laps Saturday in First Half of Liberty Challenge Doubleheader For Racing Laps for Best Friends

INDIANAPOLIS, June 16 - Andrew Prendeville finished 17 of 18 laps in Saturday's Indy Pro Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Racing Laps for Best Friends program.

Fans make donations to the Best Friends Animal Society through a Web site at racinglapsforbestfriends.com based on the number of laps that the Morristown, N.J.-based driver completes.

Prendeville has another 18-lap race on the famous track's 2.605-mile, 13-turn road course Sunday morning before the U.S. Grand Prix Formula 1 race.

Both of the Liberty Challenge Indy Pro Series races on IMS' road course will be covered on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 21.

Prendeville was in tenth place and going for ninth place when he had trouble passing Logan Gomez and spun on the last lap in turn one. He couldn't get the Best Friends Animal Society No. 5 restarted because its battery was dead, which is why he ended up one lap down. He ended up 21st place in the final rundown.

Prendeville got a great start, passing Chris Festa and Robbie Pecorari to advance from 16th to 14th on lap two. He passed Mike Potekhen for 13th on lap four. He got 12th by passing Daniel Herrington on lap six, right before Jonathan Klein spun while in sixth after contact with another driver.

That moved Prendeville up to 11th on lap seven. He stayed in that spot until he cracked the top 10 on lap 11 with a nifty pass of Phil Giebler on the frontstretch. That put him directly behind Gomez and set the stage for the problems that developed on the last lap while Prendeville was in tenth and going for ninth.

"We had a top-10 car," Prendeville said afterwards. "I have to thank the RLR/Andersen Racing crew for giving me a top-10 car today.

"I'm still trying to understand what happened on the last lap with Gomez," he added. "It happened off the frontstretch and Turn 1. In my opinion he was definitely blocking. I had a good run on him, and I'm not happy about what happened.

"The reality is I didn't get the pass done," Prendeville continued. "In hindsight, I should have just stayed in tenth and picked him off tomorrow.

"At least we finished 17 of the 18 laps for the Racing Laps for Best Friends program, and I passed some cars," he concluded. " The guys worked hard to give me a good car. It's a shame."

-credit: restart communications

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Andrew Prendeville , Chris Festa , Robbie Pecorari , Phil Giebler , Daniel Herrington , Jonathan Klein , Logan Gomez , Mike Potekhen