Pecorari Sets New Track Record at Mid-Ohio; His AWR Teammate, Prendeville, Is Second LEXINGTON, Ohio, June 25 - Adam Pecorari set a new track record and his teammate, Andrew Prendeville, qualified second to give Andersen Walko Racing (AWR) a ...
Pecorari Sets New Track Record at Mid-Ohio; His AWR Teammate, Prendeville, Is Second
LEXINGTON, Ohio, June 25 - Adam Pecorari set a new track record and his teammate, Andrew Prendeville, qualified second to give Andersen Walko Racing (AWR) a one-two punch in SCCA Formula Ford Zetec qualifications Friday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Pecorari's first pole ever in this division was .332 of a second better than the old mark. Bryan Sellers took 1:22.702 to get around the 2.258-mile road course in 2002 to establish that one.
Pecorari, of Aston, Pa., earned the new record in the SAI Hydraulics-sponsored Van Diemen #28 with a 1:22.370.
Prendeville, of Monroeville, Pa., was right behind his teammate with a lap in 1:22.80 with his Racelink/Roos Racing School Van Diemen #25. The AWR teammates were followed by New Zealand's Wade Cunningham, who was third with a 1:23.030.
The new track record holder discovered that it might be best if he never knows how fast he's actually going.
"I haven't been qualifying as well in cars as I used to do in karts, so I was thinking maybe the timer is messing me up," Pecorari said of his on-board data system. "I taped up my timer for the first time today. Now I think I should probably do that all the time."
Pecorari had the AWR crew in stitches a few seconds after he ran his best lap when he meekly inquired over the radio, "How far back am I?"
"Hey, the car felt good, but not that good," Pecorari said with a smile to defend himself back at the transporter.
"We ran well here in the test, and the car is really good," he said. "During practice here yesterday and today I didn't push it; I wanted to keep the tire life up. I just wanted to get laps in and hang close.
"We're starting one-two tomorrow; now hopefully we'll still be one-two at the finish," he added.
Prendeville is all for that idea.
"I got beaten by the only person I can accept being beaten by," he said of his teammate. "Andersen Walko is one-two, which says a lot for the team.
"My car is fast," he added. "We're having a small issue with the rear end. It doesn't feel right, but there doesn't seem to be anything wrong. Hopefully it's nothing. Now we'll just have to try our best tomorrow."
The first of two FF Zetec races scheduled for this weekend is set to get the green flag at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow.
In a new procedure, the starting line-up for the second race will be established by each driver's fastest lap during Saturday's race. The second 30-minute race is slated for 9:20 a.m. Sunday.
AWR, which is based in Fairfield, N.J. and North Versailles, Pa., also has two Star Mazda cars in action here this weekend. They're being driven by Jonathan Klein of Long Grove, Ill. and Mike Andersen of Green Pond, N.J., who are both competing in this series for the first time here this weekend. Both the drivers and the team are still learning about these cars, which they have had for only a short period of time.
Andersen was 15th in the Friday afternoon session for that series, while Klein was 20th. A total of 41 cars took time.
"We're getting there," Klein said. "We'll be OK."
The 45-minute Star Mazda race is scheduled for 3:35 p.m. Saturday.
For more information see www.andersenwalko.com.