RLR/Andersen's Drivers Are Off to a Good Start Saturday at Kansas Speedway KANSAS CITY, Kan., April 26 - RLR/Andersen Racing drivers Andrew Prendeville and J.R. Hildebrand took their first laps on Kansas Speedway's 1.5-mile trioval Saturday and...
RLR/Andersen's Drivers Are Off to a Good Start Saturday at Kansas Speedway
KANSAS CITY, Kan., April 26 - RLR/Andersen Racing drivers Andrew Prendeville and J.R. Hildebrand took their first laps on Kansas Speedway's 1.5-mile trioval Saturday and did very well, as the Palmetto, Fla.-based team participated in two practice sessions in preparation for Sunday's Kansas Lottery 100 Firestone Indy Lights race here.
Hildebrand, of Indianapolis, was second in the first practice session Saturday morning, only 0.0074 of a second off Ana Beatriz's fastest time run in that 30-minute indoctrination. Hildebrand's fastest lap in the Allied Building Products No. 25 was done in 28.9014 seconds for an average speed of 189.333 miles per hour.
Although he's not been feeling well all week, Prendeville was third in the first practice session with a lap in 28.9550 seconds at 188.983 mph with his Best Friends Animal Society No. 5. He led the standings for a good portion of that session.
"It was crazy for a first session, but I'm happy with second for the first practice at a new track," said Hildebrand after the first session. "We had a 10-car pack there at the end of the run. The Allied Building Products car was a little loose for being in a pack like that, but we were able to hold onto it. I'm pretty happy with it. A car has to be good on its own and in a draft, and it was in that session. It's a little bit of a handful, but it's definitely fast."
"I guess I should be sick more often," Prendeville joked. "I got the flu or allergies or something, but we were fastest in that session for a while and we ended up third. I'm OK, but it's weird; everything tastes like chocolate. We were in a tow for my fastest lap, but that's how it is here. This is our first time at this track, but the Best Friends Animal Society car is good. It's going to be an exciting race tomorrow. Hopefully I can finish all the laps for the fans who made donations to Best Friends on racinglapsforbestfriends.com."
In the afternoon session Hildebrand was fifth with a lap in 28.9722 seconds or 188.871 miles per hour. Prendeville was 11th in the very close field with a 29.1880 or 187.474 mph.
"We never got a really good tow lap that time with the Allied Building Products car," Hildebrand said after the afternoon session. "I was either behind the fastest pack or just ahead of it. I didn't want to slow up too much to try to drop in with them though, because I didn't want to cause an accident.
"We made some changes to the car before this session," he continued. "The car seems really good on its own, and we're still good in the draft. I think we have a pretty good race car for tomorrow."
"I think the Best Friends car will be good for qualifying," Prendeville said after the second session. "The fast time is going to be a crap shoot though. We're all in a pack. I do like this track; it's a very nice facility."
Both practice sessions Saturday were delayed due to cold temperatures Saturday morning. Rain is predicted overnight. That or the Goodyear rubber laid down by the NASCAR Craftsman trucks racing here later today could complicate things for Firestone Indy Lights qualifying Sunday at 9 a.m. Central time. Hildebrand is tenth in the qualifying order. Prendeville will go 24th or last to keep things exciting.