Scarallo Places 13th; Prendeville Goes for a Wild Ride But Finishes Second Half Of Liberty Challenge Sunday at IMS INDIANAPOLIS, June 17 - RLR/Andersen Racing's Joey Scarallo of Smithtown, N.Y. improved his finishing position on Saturday by five...
Scarallo Places 13th; Prendeville Goes for a Wild Ride But Finishes Second Half Of Liberty Challenge Sunday at IMS
INDIANAPOLIS, June 17 - RLR/Andersen Racing's Joey Scarallo of Smithtown, N.Y. improved his finishing position on Saturday by five places on Sunday, while his teammate, Andrew Prendeville of Morristown, N.J., was involved in a spectacular accident but still regrouped to finish the second half of the Liberty Challenge doubleheader at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Scarallo had an incident-free race with his GroupAWheels.com No. 15 and crossed the finish line in 13th position after 18 laps around the 2.605-mile, 13-turn road course.
Scarallo started 18th, dropped to 21st at the start, but was up to 14th by lap five after some other people, including his teammate, ran into trouble. He stayed in 14th until lap 13 when Chris Festa dropped back to advance him to 13th, and that's where he was running when Bobby Wilson took the checkered flag over Alex Lloyd and Hideki Mutoh.
A lot happened to Prendeville's Best Friends Animal Society No. 5 between the time it started 21st and finished 20th. Prendeville was able to advance three positions at the start before the event's only full-course yellow waved for contact between Micky Gilbert and Marc Williams in Turn 1 on lap one.
Prendeville had a great restart on lap four initially too, but then he got caught up in a multi-car incident that didn't bring out a caution but saw Prendeville get airborne before he came to a halt in Turn 1. After quickly assessing the situation he got restarted and soldiered on to finish 20th, running lap times that were comparable to the podium finishers. He completed 15 of the 18 laps for the fans that made donations to the Best Friends Animal Society based on his performance.
Both Saturday and Sunday's races will be shown on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 21. After the Liberty Challenge doubleheader Prendeville is unofficially 12th in the point standings and Scarallo is 14th.
The next Indy Pro Series race is coming right up next Saturday at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Another doubleheader follows at Watkins Glen Internati onal in Watkins Glen, N.Y. July 7-8.
Post-race quotes follow:
Andrew Prendeville: "It happened in Turn 1 on the restart.
"I had a great restart. Then one of the Crawford cars went flying down the inside, missed his brake point, and bounced off two or three cars. I went to the right of him so I wouldn't hit him, but he didn't even make an effort to turn going into Turn 2, so I went for a nice little flight.
"I went airborne. They pulled me out of the gravel and I got going again; I wanted to do everything I could to help our Racing Laps for Best Friends program.
"Afterwards, I was running laps that were comparable times to the leaders'. All we have to do is qualify better. It's as simple as that. We'll try again next race."
Joey Scarallo: "We got the GroupAWheels.com car going better, and I want to thank the RLR/Andersen Racing crew for all their hard work. What I like in the car is different than what my teammate likes. The guys did great, and we'll try to do even better next time.
"I didn't have any incidents. We kept it clean."