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RLR/Andersen Racing Rebounds from Crash And Is Ready to Go at Mid-Ohio LEXINGTON, Ohio, July 20 - RLR/Andersen Racing had to scramble, but it's at Mid-Ohio and ready to race. With only two weekends off since the Freedom 100 May 25 in ...

RLR/Andersen Racing Rebounds from Crash And Is Ready to Go at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio, July 20 - RLR/Andersen Racing had to scramble, but it's at Mid-Ohio and ready to race.

With only two weekends off since the Freedom 100 May 25 in Indianapolis, Indy Pro Series teams like RLR/Andersen Racing have been busy this summer. Sunday's race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will be the series' ninth event since summer officially started, and its fourth in the month of July alone.

Keeping all the cars and equipment ready for action is hard enough, but the Fairfield, N.J.-based team received an extra challenge last Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway when both of its cars were involved in a crash on the race's initial lap. Luckily RLR/Andersen Racing's Joey Scarallo and Andrew Prendeville and the other drivers involved weren't hurt, but the team was left with two badly-damaged Dallaras and a ticking clock, since Indy Pro Series practice starts at 8:45 a.m. Friday at Mid-Ohio.

Scarallo's GroupAWheels.com No. 15 suffered extensive damage, but the team immediately got to work assessing what needed to be repaired or replaced. Team owner Dan Andersen said the team's engineers, the high-respected Dominic and Nicholas Cape, could find no evidence of any gearbox or shifter problem that was initially suspected as a possible cause of the crash. With no time to waste, the team immediately went into "overdrive" to get the car back in shape for its next race, under the direction of team manager John Andersen.

Just getting Scarallo's car repaired and back in action at Mid-Ohio this weekend is a great testament to the team, which includes Will Paul (lead mechanic for Prendeville's car); Don Conner (lead mechanic for Scarallo's car); mechanics Cory Center, Mike Hawk and Eliott Nudd, and equipment manager and transporter driver Junious Matthews. Since Prendeville got caught up in the crash and hit the wall too, the team also had to quickly make final preparations to a back-up car it owns that Prendeville will use at Mid-Ohio while his primary Best Friends Animal Society No. 5 awaits further repairs next week.

Unlike most of the tracks the series has visited this year, both Prendeville and Scarallo have driven at Mid-Ohio before in other series, so they won't have to learn the track. That makes them optimistic about their chances here, even with the scramble earlier this week. This event is the first Indy Pro Series race ever at Mid-Ohio.

Mid-Ohio is one of Prendeville's favorite tracks. In 11 previous starts at Mid-Ohio in formula cars he's won five times and been on the podium eight times. The other three finishes were a fifth, a seventh and a DNF. One of those victories was the SCCA Formula Continental national championship at the Valvoline Runoffs in 2002.

Prendeville worked at the Mid-Ohio School as an instructor in 2005, and has logged well over 2,500 laps there in the last five years.

Scarallo has raced at Mid-Ohio both in the Formula 2000 division and once in Trans-Am, and he also likes the 2.4-mile road course a great deal.

The weather forecast is perfect for race weekend. Qualifying is slated for Saturday morning, with the 40-lap or 60-minute race starting at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday. It will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Thursday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m.

After Mid-Ohio the series travels to Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., for a race on Aug. 11.

Andersen Racing is the official Indy Pro Series team of Hilliard, Ohio-based IndyCar team Rahal Letterman Racing.

-credit: andersenracingteam.com

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