RLR/Andersen's Drivers to Start Fifth and 20th In First Race Saturday at the Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., July 4 - RLR/Andersen Racing's Andrew Prendeville and J.R. Hildebrand will try to join three other Andersen Racing drivers - Star Mazda pilot...
RLR/Andersen's Drivers to Start Fifth and 20th In First Race Saturday at the Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., July 4 - RLR/Andersen Racing's Andrew Prendeville and J.R. Hildebrand will try to join three other Andersen Racing drivers - Star Mazda pilot Charles Hall and F2000 chauffeurs Anders Krohn and Doug Prendeville - as winners at Watkins Glen International this year when they compete in twin Firestone Indy Lights races tomorrow.
Hildebrand will start fifth in the first 29-lapper at 11:15 a.m. Saturday with his Allied Building Products No. 25 thanks to a lap in 1:38.6933 (122.926 miles per hour) set during SWE Race Car Parts Qualifying Friday on the 11-turn, 3.4-mile road course. He hails from Sausalito, Calif., and Indianapolis.
Andrew Prendeville, a native of Chatham Township, N.J. who now lives in Las Vegas, will do his best to come from the back with his Best Friends Animal Society No. 5. He was involved in a crash in qualifying that caused him to end up 20th on the grid with a time of 1:56.4948 (104.142 mph). He went faster than that during quals, but the rules stipulate that any driver who causes a full-course caution during qualifying loses his or her fastest lap. Prendeville was seventh before the accident occurred.
Luckily he was not hurt, and after qualifying he was busy in the paddock helping the RLR/Andersen Racing crewmembers make repairs to the right side of his car, which was damaged in the accident that occurred going into the Boot. Doug Prendeville (his brother and car owner) and Krohn are at the track and they were helping the hard-working RLR/Andersen crew repair the car too.
The starting line-up for the second half of the Corning Duels will be determined by the finishing order of the first race, although some of the top spots may be inverted. That 97.73-mile race will get the green flag at 3:20 p.m. tomorrow. All times are Eastern.
Friday morning's practice was basically a scrub, as most drivers only completed one lap. Numerous yellows caused the bulk of practice to be postponed until the afternoon. The cautions were caused by fog, which prevented the Mercy Flight medical evacuation helicopter from landing at the track; a problem with Bobby Wilson's car; and whitetail deer and a skunk on the track.
Things went better in the afternoon practice session. Hildebrand was fifth in that session and Prendeville was ninth.
J.R. Hildebrand: "The Allied Interior Products car isn't bad. We were a little confused on how much time we would have at the end of the session. Pretty much everybody, whether right after the last caution or during the last run, put on new tires, and we didn't. We would have gained a little bit, but we stayed on the tires that we started the session on. There's a little bit left there. From the test day and then coming out here, there were a lot of different things we were trying to work on. Without both sessions we were still trying some things in qualifying. It wasn't quite as good as some of the packages we had, but we'll do some set-up work before the race, and we'll have a faster car then."