IPS: Iowa: RLR/Andersen Racing qualifying notes

Scarallo Will Start Fourth; Prendeville 14th In Saturday's Indy Pro Series Race At Iowa Speedway NEWTON, Iowa, June 22 - RLR/Andersen Racing's Joey Scarallo qualified fourth Friday afternoon in the GroupAWheels.com No. 15 for Saturday's...

Scarallo Will Start Fourth; Prendeville 14th In Saturday's Indy Pro Series Race At Iowa Speedway

NEWTON, Iowa, June 22 - RLR/Andersen Racing's Joey Scarallo qualified fourth Friday afternoon in the GroupAWheels.com No. 15 for Saturday's inaugural Indy Pro Series race at Iowa Speedway.

It was the best qualifying run for the Smithtown, N.Y.-based driver to date in his Indy Pro Series rookie season. His previous best start was 15th in the second half of the doubleheader in St. Petersburg, Fla.

It was also the best qualifying result in this series to date for the Fairfield, N.J.-based team. Its previous best qualifying run was Andrew Prendeville's seventh at the Milwaukee Mile.

Prendeville, of Morristown, N.J., qualified 14th Friday in Iowa with his Best Friends Animal Society No. 5. Prendeville's qualifying time was only 0.5447 of a second off the pole in the very competitive field.

Scarallo was the 20th and final driver to go out for qualifying Friday. His first of two laps was his fastest, when he was timed in 20.1914 seconds for the 0.875-mile oval for an average speed of 159.395 miles per hour. His second lap was slower, a 20.8552 for 154.321 mph. His fastest lap in the practice session preceding quals was done in 157.841 mph.

Scarallo's excellent qualifying run was only 0.2392 of a second off the time Wade Cunningham ran to win the SWE pole in 19.9522 seconds (161.306 mph). Alex Lloyd will line up beside Cunningham in Row 1 tomorrow, while Sean Guthrie and Scarallo will take the green from Row 2.

Prendeville's second lap in qualifying was his fastest, when he was timed in 20.4969 seconds for a speed of 157.019 mph. That was much faster than his fastest lap in the second practice session, which was at 154.659 mph. He'll start on the outside of Row 7 beside his friend, former Andersen Racing driver Robbie Pecorari.

In addition to the two cars it is fielding in Indy Pro Series competition at Iowa Speedway, Andersen Racing is fielding multiple entries in the Star Mazda and F2000 Championship races this weekend at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio. The team offers young drivers a comprehensive, multi-tiered program in order to best-prepare them for open-wheel racing's major leagues.

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

Driver post-qualifying quotes follow:

Joey Scarallo: "It's like a real small Homestead or a very banked Richmond. As small as it is, you need to be flat-out all the way around, which we were.

"We were at a disadvantage to some of the other teams because we didn't test here, but the RLR/Andersen guys came up with a great set-up right out of the transporter. We tweaked it a little and the GroupAWheels.com car was even better.

"I think we could have done even better, but the car started to cut out a little in Turn 3 on that last lap. But the first lap was real good.

"It's a big gusty, but the car was fine. One time down in Turn 1 in practice it got a little twitchy in the wind, but it was OK.

"This will be a huge help.  I expect to finish in the top five.  We have to
stay out of trouble, but we will.  We have a great car."

Andrew Prendeville: "It was fine. The whole team is making improvements every time we've gone out on track. I was in the first group in the practice session, and we learned some things there that helped Joey. He went out last in qualifying.

"Starting 14th poses the same challenges that we've been facing all year, but we'll just have to be patient working through the field and try to stay out of trouble. I really want to finish all the laps for everybody who donates to Best Friends on racinglapsforbestfriends.com.

"Yes, the wind was gusty, but the car was good. The RLR/Andersen guys are doing a great job."

-credit: rlr/ar

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Andrew Prendeville , Alex Lloyd , Robbie Pecorari , Wade Cunningham , Sean Guthrie