Prendeville and Scarallo Make First Laps at Indy; Now They're Focusing On Winning a Race There INDIANAPOLIS, April 28 - RLR/Andersen Racing drivers Andrew Prendeville and Joey Scarallo made their first laps ever at the famed Indianapolis Motor...
Prendeville and Scarallo Make First Laps at Indy; Now They're Focusing On Winning a Race There
INDIANAPOLIS, April 28 - RLR/Andersen Racing drivers Andrew Prendeville and Joey Scarallo made their first laps ever at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday afternoon during an Indy Pro Series open test. That dream accomplished, on Saturday both were concentrating on an even bigger goal: winning a race there.
Both drivers are entered in the Freedom 100 Indy Pro Series race at IMS on May 25, two days before the Indianapolis 500. The Indy Pro Series is the official development series of IndyCar. Andersen Racing, based in Fairfield, N.J., is the official Indy Pro Series development team of top IndyCar team Rahal Letterman Racing.
Although it's very distinguished in other forms of open-wheel racing, Andersen Racing is tackling the Indy Pro Series for the first time in 2007. Both Prendeville, of Morristown, N.J., and Scarallo, of Smithtown, N.Y., are rookies in the Indy Pro Series.
Friday's test was shortened due to rain, so the schedule was expanded to include four hours on Saturday, when the weather conditions were sunny.
Prendeville ended up 11th for the two days out of the 24 drivers who participated in the test. Scarallo chose not to run in a draft in order to get a more pure reading of his car's capabilities. He ended up 21st.
Prendeville's best lap in his No. 5 Dallara occurred on Saturday when he was timed in 47.9270 for an average speed of 187.786 miles per hour for the 2.5-mile oval. His car promotes the Best Friends Animal Society. He did 48 laps on both Friday and Saturday for a total of 96. His fastest lap was his fourth lap on Saturday.
Scarallo's best lap in his car, which advertises GroupAWheels.com, was a 48.4103 that he ran on Saturday for an average speed of 185.911 mph. He recorded 44 laps on Friday and 63 on Saturday for a total of 107, which tied him with Ken Losch for the most laps run over the course of the two days. His fastest lap was the 12th one he ran Saturday.
ANDREW PRENDEVILLE: "I was surprised at how different each corner is from the others, and how long they are. We're learning more and more. We tried a couple of things here as we continue to try to figure out what the car likes. We'll have to look over the changes we made and figure out what worked and what didn't work, and have a better package when we come back here in a few weeks for the race.
"I've been watching the Indy 500 since I was a child. Now I can walk in here saying I've driven laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and gone 190 miles an hour down the straightaway, and that makes me feel good.
"It was good to get to drive here. The next step is to race here, but the main goal is to win here."
JOEY SCARALLO: "The main thing we got accomplished was just learning the track. There really are four individual corners here that are all different, and you have to attack all four corners differently. You hear people tell you the corners are all different, but it's really true, and until you do it you don't really understand how different they are.
"We'll continue to try to keep the car freed up. Our times here are deceiving because we didn't run in a draft at all. We purposely didn't run with other cars in a draft. We wanted to know what our car could do by itself. We practiced a little bit of our qualifying run today and the car felt fine. The wind picked up in [turn] one and two today and that affected the car quite a bit.
"It's great to get to run at Indy. That ranks up there very high in the things I've done so far in my racing career. But my thing has always been not just to run at Indy, but to win at Indy. That's what I really want to know all about."