IndyCar Racer Raises Money for Iowa Pets
Andrew Prendeville raised more than $15,000 at the Jeld-Wen 100 in Newton, Iowa.
Posted: July 1, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT
IndyCar driver Andrew Prendeville “fund-races” for Best Friends Animal Society at every race of the Firestone Indy Lights season, but last week, he pledged the funds from the Jeld-Wen 100 to support the rescue efforts underway to help animals affected by recent floods in Iowa. Prendeville raised more than $15,000 through the race, with all funds going to help the Best Friends’ rescue team in Iowa.
Andrew Prendeville raced in the Jeld-Wen 100 to raise money for animal victims of Iowa’s floods. Photo by Andy Sallee/Courtesy Racing Laps for Best Friends
Prendeville has participated in the Racing Laps for Best Friends promotion for one and a half racing seasons. The promotion encourages animal lovers and race fans to pledge a nominal amount for each lap Prendeville completes in a single race or throughout the season. People can also donate a one-time amount.
When Prendeville announced that proceeds from the Jeld-Wen 100 race — held June 21 in Newton, Iowa — would go to help flood victims, more than $2,500 was pledged before the race even started. Prendeville completed all 115 laps of the race, raising a grand total of $15,284.
So far this year, the Racing Laps promotion has raised more than $51,000 for Best Friends Animal Society. Prendeville races the No. 5 Best Friends car for the Anderson Racing team, which is affiliated with Rahal Letterman Racing.
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