Prendeville and Hildebrand Prep for Glen Doubleheader; Mechanical Issues Force Postponement of Hall's Debut PALMETTO, Fla., June 26 - Andrew Prendeville and J.R. Hildebrand had a successful test day with their Firestone Indy Lights cars...
Prendeville and Hildebrand Prep for Glen Doubleheader; Mechanical Issues Force Postponement of Hall's Debut
PALMETTO, Fla., June 26 - Andrew Prendeville and J.R. Hildebrand had a successful test day with their Firestone Indy Lights cars yesterday at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. as the RLR/Andersen Racing team prepared for a doubleheader to be held there July 5.
Unfortunately another one of the Palmetto, Fla.-based team's drivers, Charles Hall, only got a handful of laps of testing in on Wednesday due to mechanical problems with a car the team leased from another team. Without that valuable seat time, Hall and the teams jointly decided to postpone his Firestone Indy Lights debut for now.
Hall, of Sheffield, England, is the current point leader in the Star Madza Championship presented by Goodyear.
"We struggled all day with Charles's car, so we've withdrawn his entry in the Watkins Glen doubleheader," said team co-owner John Andersen. "Other competitors in the paddock did everything they could to try to help us in a variety of ways, and the people from Speedway Engines went above and beyond in their efforts. We had fuel pressure and electrical problems, and we just couldn't get it sorted out in time to give Charles enough laps. His Firestone Indy Lights debut is postponed for now, but we all expect that it'll happen sometime before the end of the year. In the meantime, his focus remains the Star Mazda Championship."
Andersen said he was very happy with the progress made during the test with the team's other two cars. Prendeville drives the Best Friends Animal Society No. 5, while Hildebrand is at the controls of the Allied Interior Products No. 25.
The July 5 Firestone Indy Lights doubleheader at Watkins Glen will mark the first time in that series' history when two races are held on the same day.
Hall and the rest of the Star Mazda set, including Andersen Racing's Peter Dempsey, Tom Gladdis and Juliana Gonzalez, have a doubleheader next too. It's slated for July 26-27 at Portland International Raceway in Portland, Ore. Hall won that series' last race June 7 at Watkins Glen.
Andersen Racing competes in the F2000 Championship Series presented by Hoosier Racing Tire too. It consists of double race weekends, with the next one scheduled for July 12-13 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Andersen Racing's Anders Krohn and Doug Prendeville shared the top honors at the last F2000 doubleheader June 14-15, which was also held at Watkins Glen. Other Andersen Racing F2000 drivers include Jonny Baker and Scott Willard. Krohn leads that series' point standings.
Andersen Racing is the development team for IndyCar's Rahal Letterman Racing. It is sponsored by Allied Building Products Corp. More information is available at andersenracingteam.com and andersenracepark.com.