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RLR/Andersen Racing's Prendeville Finishes Eighth; Scarallo Gets Spun Out At Watkins Glen Sunday WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., July 8 - Andrew Prendeville had to deal with oil spewing from a car ahead of him and Joey Scarallo got the worst end of an ...

RLR/Andersen Racing's Prendeville Finishes Eighth;
Scarallo Gets Spun Out At Watkins Glen Sunday

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., July 8 - Andrew Prendeville had to deal with oil spewing from a car ahead of him and Joey Scarallo got the worst end of an altercation with another competitor, but both RLR/Andersen Racing drivers finished Sunday's Indy Pro Series race at Watkins Glen International.

Prendeville started tenth and finished eighth with his Best Friends Animal Society No. 5. Only the top two finishers ran a lap faster than he did. It was the second top-10 finish in 24 hours for the Morristown, N.J.-based driver.

Scarallo, of Smithtown, N.Y., started 16th with his GroupAWheels.com No. 15, spun on lap eight of the 29-lap race during an altercation with another competitor, restarted under his own power, and finished 20th.

There was only one yellow flag, which flew from laps four to six after Jon Brownson hit a tire wall in Turn 5. The lack of yellows caused the field to be more strung out than usual, which made it hard for drivers to improve their positions.

Alex Lloyd took the lead from polesitter Daniel Herrington on lap four and he had a 4.7194-second advantage over Saturday's winner, Wade Cunningham, at the checkered.

Prendeville got ninth right away because Bobby Wilson, who started second, spun in Turn 1 at the start. From lap two until lap 19 Prendeville had his hands full because he was directly behind Jonathan Klein's car, which was dropping oil.

Jaime Camara got around Prendeville on lap 19 to push him back to tenth, but Prendeville got Camara back on lap 23 to regain ninth. On the next lap he covered the 3.4-mile road course in 1:38.8626 (122.716 miles per hour) for his fastest race lap. That was only 0.6728 of a second slower than the fastest race lap, which was set by Lloyd. Prendeville finally got around Klein on lap 26 to move into eighth, and that's where he was running when the checkered dropped on lap 29.

Scarallo ran in 17th for the first two laps, and then dropped to 18th on lap three when Wilson got around him. He dropped to 23rd on lap eight when another competitor hit him, causing him to spin and flat-spot his tires. He restarted on his own and didn't cause a full-course caution, and started over from the rear.

No other yellows flew to bunch the field up, but Scarallo passed Doug Boyer on lap 22 for 22nd and he got 20th on lap 26 when Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Ryan Justice retired due to mechanical difficulties.

The Watkins Glen doubleheader, which was called the Corning Twin 100s, will be shown on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time this coming Thursday, July 12.

Andrew Prendeville: "Just like yesterday, Jono's [Jonathan Klein's] car was spewing oil the entire race.

"I passed Camara in the Bus Stop. He got loose because he got in Jono's oil, and I took advantage of it just like he took advantage of the same thing earlier when I got in Jono's oil and he passed me.

"We were all faster than Jono, and once we got by him we clearly showed that.

"The RLR/Andersen guys did an awesome job with the car. Now we'll go on to the next race."

Joey Scarallo: "Ryan Justice spun me out going into [Turn] 1. I got going again, but the tires were shot by then. We'll try again at Nashville."

-credit: rlr/ar

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Andrew Prendeville , Alex Lloyd , Ryan Justice , Wade Cunningham , Jaime Camara , Daniel Herrington , Bobby Wilson , Jonathan Klein , Arie Luyendyk Jr.