IPS: Indy I/II: RLR/Andersen Racing qualifying notes

Prendeville Will Start 16th; Scarallo 21st In First Half of Liberty Challenge Saturday at IMS INDIANAPOLIS, June 15 - RLR/Andersen Racing's Andrew Prendeville of Morristown, N.J. qualified 16th while his teammate, Joey Scarallo of Smithtown, ...

Prendeville Will Start 16th; Scarallo 21st In First Half of Liberty Challenge Saturday at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS, June 15 - RLR/Andersen Racing's Andrew Prendeville of Morristown, N.J. qualified 16th while his teammate, Joey Scarallo of Smithtown, N.Y., qualified 21st Friday on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course for the first half of the Liberty Challenge Indy Pro Series doubleheader Saturday afternoon.

The Fairfield, N.J.-based team and both of its drivers are making their first start on the 2.605-mile, 13-turn road course here in a doubleheader that supports Sunday's U.S. Grand Prix Formula 1 race.

Prendeville's fastest lap in Friday afternoon's qualifying session came when his Best Friends Animal Society No. 5 was timed in 1:27.3170 for an average speed of 107.402 miles per hour. Scarallo's qualifying time in the GroupAWheels.com No. 15 was a 1:29.2000 for an average speed of 105.135 mph.

Prendeville will start on the outside of Row 8 beside Chris Festa, while Scarallo will start on the inside of Row 11 beside Marc Williams for the 18-lap, 35-minute race tomorrow.

Both drivers ran faster in the practice session Friday morning, so they were disappointed with their qualifying results. The practice session was held in the morning when the temperatures were in the high 70s, while it was 90 in the afternoon qualifying session. The Indy Pro Series was the first class on the track Friday morning too, while other series, including the F1 cars, ran on it before qualifying and laid down rubber from their different tire compounds.

Hideki Mutoh topped the charts in both practice and qualifying. He won the SWE pole with a 1:25.2810 (109.966 mph), which broke Graham Rahal's record set here last June.

Following Saturday's race, another one will be held Sunday at 8:35 a.m. Both will be shown on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 21.

For more information see andersenracingteam.com, indycar.com/pro, racinglapsforbestfriends.com and GroupAwheels.com.

Driver post-qualifying quotes follow:

Andrew Prendeville: "This is the first time on this road course for us. We're behind the eight ball now, but we usually seem to find a way to come out OK in the race. Hopefully that will be the case tomorrow and Sunday.

"We have some work to do.

"I really want to finish every lap of both races here for our program for Best Friends Animal Society and racinglapsforbestfriends.com. Finishing is always our first goal."

Joey Scarallo:  "The GroupAWheels.com car was just not cooperating at all
today.  It was pushing everywhere and not putting the power down in the corners.

"I think the track changed a lot from this morning. I guess the teams that have been here before knew something that we didn't, but hopefully we'll do better tomorrow and Sunday.

"It's a nice track. It seems to be a real momentum track, and with the car not working right that killed us in that session.

"I was trying to get the most out of my tires that I could. We went out on used tires at first and we were down to the cords on the fronts. I thought when we came in for stickers it would help a lot, but it really didn't. We have some work to do."

-credit: rlr/ar

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Graham Rahal , Andrew Prendeville , Chris Festa , Hideki Mutoh , Marc Williams
Teams Williams