Andy Lally test notes 2006-12-06

Andy Lally Continues To Impress; Flawless In Second Stock Car Test CONCORD, North Carolina (December 6, 2006) - - "He's going to be good." Those words expressed from the voice of respected NASCAR and ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Andy Belmont as...

Andy Lally Continues To Impress; Flawless In Second Stock Car Test

CONCORD, North Carolina (December 6, 2006) - - "He's going to be good." Those words expressed from the voice of respected NASCAR and ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Andy Belmont as road racing ace Andy Lally completed a second stock car test this past Sunday (December 3) at Lowes Motor Speedway.

Last month, Lally, a native of Georgia took his shot behind the wheel of a 3400-pound stock car testing the waters should his career ever take a turn towards the largest spectator sport in the United States. His times were strong the first time out, but as the ole' saying goes "second is the best."

During the course of the eight-hour session, Lally performed brilliantly. His lap times continued to improve from start to finishing, wowing everyone around the 29-year old.

"This was one of the most exciting things I have ever done in my life. I knew I would love this and Sunday only added to the drive for me to find a way to race here," said the jubilant Lally.

Before taking to the intimidating 1.5-mile Lowes Motor Speedway, Lally attend Andy Hillenburg's Fast Track Racing, completing with ease the "Classic Oval Course" setting him up for his second-go-around behind the wheel of Belmont's familiar No. 1 Ford.

"I am very impressed," stated Belmont, a long-time owner and driver in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Andy was out there on 50 lap Michigan (Hoosier) tires making extremely fast laps. He hit the marks perfect just about every lap. The feed back was incredible and we were able to make the right changes to get him comfortable. This kid is the real deal. Someone, whomever that is, who gets to pick this kid up will no doubt be successful."

Longtime Fast Track Racing (FTR) instructor Sheldon Holman kept a close eye on the rookie throughout the day. "I believe Mr. Lally is very talented," he said. "He was incredibly smooth and he did everything that was asked of him. He was right on the money. I was impressed."

For Lally, his overview of the team was professional.

"Andy Belmont's team was great in sorting the car out today, we made six or seven changes in the set up and we just kept getting faster," he said. "Andy (Belmont) was greatwith the tips he would give me to help me get comfortable and it gave me the confidence to carry the car faster and faster into turns one and three."

"The times we ran today exceeded what I thought we would do and the best thing is that there is much more left for sure." We approached the test conservatively and set a goal of just getting through the day without putting a scratch on the car but we did much more than that," explained Lally, the only three-time Rolex Grand Am Champion.

When asked about a possible tenure in the ARCA RE/MAX Series or stock cars, Lally was optimistic.

"Anything is possible but there is nothing on the horizon at the moment. I certainly would love an opportunityto do some stock carraces in 2007, either on road courses or ovals or preferably both we'll see," Lally noted.

Andy Lally soared into his new venue with a successful and impressive resume to his credit. In addition to his Rolex Grand Am Championships, Lally has experience In the 24 Hours of Le Mans, SPEED World Challenge Series, Barber Dodge Pro Series and USF2000 Series. Lally ends his 2006 season on the heels of winningsix Grand Am events this year."

-credit: abr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Andy Belmont , Andy Hillenburg , Andy Lally