IPS: Sears Point II: Andrew Prendeville race report

Prendeville Finishes Third Sunday In Second Half of Infineon Indy Pro Series Doubleheader With Best Friends Animal Society No. 5 SONOMA, Calif., Aug. 26 - Andrew Prendeville not only completed all 30 laps of Sunday's Valley of the Moon 100 Indy...

Prendeville Finishes Third Sunday In Second Half of Infineon Indy Pro Series Doubleheader With Best Friends Animal Society No. 5

SONOMA, Calif., Aug. 26 - Andrew Prendeville not only completed all 30 laps of Sunday's Valley of the Moon 100 Indy Pro Series race at Infineon Raceway, he recorded his best finish ever in the series when he placed third with his Best Friends Animal Society No. 5.

Prendeville completed every lap possible in both 30-lap races here this weekend for his Racing Laps for Best Friends program. Fans make donations to the Best Friends Animal Society through a Web site at racinglapsforbestfriends.com or at the Best Friends Donation Center at the races based on the number of laps Prendeville completes.

Prendeville started second in Sunday's race, which went non-stop. He remained in second place behind only polesitter Ryan Justice for the first 13 laps.

Eventual winner Richard Antinucci muscled by Prendeville for second on lap 14 in Turn 11. Contact occurred but Prendeville kept control of his car and remained in third place the rest of the way.

Antinucci passed Justice for the lead on lap 19 in Turn 11 and had a 1.7400-seconds margin of victory over Justice at the checkered. Prendeville was 0.5303 of a second behind Justice at the end.

Prendeville got close to Justice several times. He set his fastest lap of the race, a 1:23.8666 for an average speed of 98.728 miles per hour, on lap 18, which was the fourth-fastest lap of the race.

"We're happy because it's our first podium in this series," Prendeville said. "My car was good and it was a good run. The team has worked extremely hard this year. We've had some frustrating results, but this time we got a podium finish. We hope to keep the momentum going into Chicago and then on into the off-season."

Only one race remains on the 2007 Indy Pro Series schedule: Sept. 9 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. Prendeville is currently 11th in the overall point standings, only five points behind the driver who is tenth, Chris Festa.

-credit: restart communications

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Indy Lights
Drivers Andrew Prendeville , Richard Antinucci , Ryan Justice , Chris Festa