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Prendeville Finishes Seventh Saturday In First Half of Infineon Indy Pro Series Doubleheader With Best Friends Animal Society No. 5 SONOMA, Calif., Aug. 25 - Fans who pledged $1 a lap via the racinglapsforbestfriends.com Web site or via the Best...

Prendeville Finishes Seventh Saturday In First Half of Infineon Indy Pro Series Doubleheader With Best Friends Animal Society No. 5

SONOMA, Calif., Aug. 25 - Fans who pledged $1 a lap via the racinglapsforbestfriends.com Web site or via the Best Friends Animal Society Donation Center in the infield at Infineon Raceway this weekend donated $30 to the largest no-kill animal shelter in the United States on Saturday. That's because Andrew Prendeville completed all 30 laps and finished seventh in the Indy Pro Series race at Infineon Saturday with his Best Friends Animal Society No. 5.

Prendeville will start second in a similar 30-lap race at Infineon tomorrow morning at 10:20 a.m. local time. Donations for Best Friends based on that race are currently being taken on the Web site and at the Best Friends tent in the infield. Fans on-site can reach it by walking through the tunnel at the end of the main grandstand towards the vendor area. It's next to the U.S. Army display.

Prendeville started 13th in Saturday's race on the 2.26-mile, 12-turn road course. He passed two drivers on the first lap to advance to 11th, and he was in the top 10 by lap five.

He remained in tenth, running between Jonathan Klein and Ryan Justice, until lap 17. At that point he moved up to eighth when there was contact between Jaime Camara and Hideki Mutoh in Turn 11 which left Mutoh stranded and brought out the second and final full-course caution.

Right before the restart on lap 20 the fifth-place car driven by Phil Giebler had a problem and stalled, which moved Prendeville up to seventh two-thirds of the way through the event. He stayed there, running between Logan Gomez and Justice, the rest of the way.

"The car was fine. We moved by a couple people at the start. Most of the rest was attrition," Prendeville said afterwards. "But we started 13th and moved up six spots, and finished all the laps for the Racing Laps for Best Friends program.

"I was never really in a position to strike and make a move today," he added. "I benefited from other people's mistakes.

"Now I get to start second tomorrow," Prendeville noted.  "I'll just try to
do the best I can.  It's a fun track; it's just hard to pass here."

-credit: restart communications

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Andrew Prendeville , Ryan Justice , Phil Giebler , Jaime Camara , Jonathan Klein , Logan Gomez , Hideki Mutoh