Prendeville Second, Pecorari Fourth on Sunday for AWR BOWMANVILLE, Ont., May 23 - Andrew Prendeville has a championship on his mind and not just a single race victory, so the young driver from Montoursville, Pa. took a solid second-place finish...
Prendeville Second, Pecorari Fourth on Sunday for AWR
BOWMANVILLE, Ont., May 23 - Andrew Prendeville has a championship on his mind and not just a single race victory, so the young driver from Montoursville, Pa. took a solid second-place finish Sunday in Formula Ford Zetec action at Mosport International Raceway in the Andersen Walko Racing/Racelink/Roos Racing School Van Diemen Ford No. 25.
His teammate in the Cooper Tires Championship series, Adam Pecorari of Aston, Pa., also drove a smart race and finished fourth in the Andersen Walko Racing/SAI Hydraulics Van Diemen Ford No. 28.
Although Prendeville won the pole, he chose to start on the outside of row one because the inside of the track was damp due to rain earlier in the day.
"It was the right decision, but Ian [Lacy] just got the jump at the start," Prendeville said. "He took the lead in turn one. We were side by side for awhile but then I had to let him go. There were a couple of times that I was close to passing him, but then [Jason] Bowles caught me and we were side by side lots of times. I held him off though. Lacy won; I was second; Bowles was third and Adam [Pecorari] was fourth. [Bobby] Wilson was fifth."
Pecorari said the start was really crucial for him too.
"I started fifth, and I knew that if I could get ahead of Wilson at the start I could get with the leaders and run with them," he said. "It took me awhile to get by Wilson though.
"Once I got by him we were fast, but I ran out my tires trying to catch the leaders.
"The Andersen Walko team did a great job prepping the cars though," he added. "They were just awesome. Hopefully we'll have another good run at our next race, which is at Mid-Ohio at the end of June."
Prendeville is definitely focused on the championship, and he had hardly climbed off the podium before he was counting points.
"I believe I'm one point out of the lead now after this race," he said. "Bowles is like three points behind me, so it's really close. I think Wilson is leading by one point now.
"All in all it was a good weekend," added Prendeville, who won a similar race here Saturday with Pecorari second. "We just need to always be in the points. We're halfway through the season now and we're definitely in contention for the championship, which is where we want to be.
"The Andersen Walko crew has been doing a fantastic job," he added. "The cars are fast, and that's definitely what you need."