IPS: RLR/Andersen Racing Homestead test notes 2008-02-28

RLR/Andersen Works Hard During Testing at Homestead Thursday HOMESTEAD, Fla., Feb. 28 - RLR/Andersen Racing didn't complete as many laps as it hoped during the open Indy Pro Series test Thursday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but the Palmetto, ...

RLR/Andersen Works Hard During Testing at Homestead Thursday

HOMESTEAD, Fla., Feb. 28 - RLR/Andersen Racing didn't complete as many laps as it hoped during the open Indy Pro Series test Thursday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but the Palmetto, Fla.-based team still ended up fifth and 12th on the time charts at the end of the day with its two Dallaras.

Matt Lee of Syosset, N.Y., who is looking for sponsorship in order to run a full season in IndyCar's development series, ran a lap in 28.6248 seconds (an average of 186.761 miles per hour) for the 1.5-mile oval at the end of the day to place fifth in the rundown in the RLR/Andersen No. 25. His fastest lap was the 79th and last one he ran Thursday. He only did two laps before the lunch break due to a clutch problem, and Thursday's test was only his third time on an oval.

The Best Friends Animal Society No. 5 driven by Andrew Prendeville of Las Vegas was plagued by a fuel pick-up problem. Prendeville was seventh at lunchtime with a 28.8296-seconds lap, one of 74 he ran before the break. He ended up 12th at the end of the day with a lap in 28.7764 seconds (185.777 mph). His fastest lap was also run during the heat of the afternoon, as it was recorded on his 116th trip around the oval out of the 124 he completed.

The competition is so fierce in the series that 12th place was just 0.2236 of a second off the fastest time of the day, which was set by Raphael Matos in the morning with a lap in 28.5528 seconds (187.232 mph) on the 46th of the 53 laps he ran before lunch. Lee's best lap in the much warmer afternoon was just 0.0720 of a second off Matos's top time.

RLR/Andersen Racing, which is sponsored by Allied Building Products, will continue to work hard to prepare for the Indy Pro Series season opener here on Saturday, March 29. It hopes to announce the name of the driver who will join Prendeville on its two-car Indy Pro Series team within the next 10 days.

A total of 21 drivers posted times Thursday.

Andrew Prendeville: "The Indy Pro Series looks like it will be even more competitive this year than it was last year.

"Our team is working well together and we're ready for Homestead."

Matt Lee: "It was an interesting day. We got a late start; I think it was 2:20 before we really got going because of the problem with the clutch. But once I got going I felt really good, especially in the draft. I really got comfortable running close with the other guys.

"The RLR/Andersen crew did a great job getting the car back together after the clutch problem. The engineering department also did a great job to give me a good car for this track. I hope to be able to compete in the race here too; we're working hard on sponsorship."

Dan Andersen (team co-owner): "I'm generally pleased with the results. We were able to work on different set-ups, and it was a practice day, after all.

"Despite losing a lot of laps, Matt Lee proved he definitely can drive fast on an oval in addition to a road course. We knew he was fast on road courses due to his background in Formula BMW and Atlantics, but with very little practice he was fast on an oval too.

"Andrew had a frustrating day, but we learned a few things that should help us on race day."

-credit: rlr/ar

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Andrew Prendeville , Matt Lee