Andy Lally won the SRPII drivers' championship at the final round of the Grand American Road Racing Association at Daytona at the weekend, driving his Archangel Nissan-powered Lola to second position in class behind the class-winning Rand Racing Lola Nissan of Anthony Lazzaro and Terry Borcheller.
It was the New Yorker's first ever drivers' title, one that he described as "a lifelong dream," andhelped Archangel to victory in the team's classification, Lola to the manufacturers' title, and Nissan the engine honours. Lola was classified 220 points clear of its nearest rival in the chassis manufacturer's final standings after a dominant season. "I can't say enough about the team," said Lally after the race. "My teammates, my crew, my team owner, my engineer and my crew chief - I hold them in the highest regard and they helped me to achieve so much." Lazzaro and Borcheller drove their Lola to fourth position overall, behind the winning Dyson Racing Riley & Scott of Butch Leitzinger and James Weaver, who secured the SRP drivers' title. The pair were embroiled in a battle with the Champion Racing Lola of Andy Wallace and Hurley Haywood in the closing stages of the race.
Wallace led Leitzinger, but a late-race local yellow proved to be his undoing. "I got stupid under the yellow,"said Wallace. "I didn't see where the incident was and he did. I lifted off for the yellow flag, and he blew by me.
"This title is the second won by Lola's SR2 car in 2001, where the FIA series had a Lola champion crowned earlier in the autumn. From Lola's headquarters in Huntingdon, Managing Director David Bowes said: "The Archangel team has done a great job for Lola and Andy Lally is a worthy champion to whom we send our congratulations. Lola has three types of successfulsports cars now competing in various series worldwide, and next year - with the MG Lola 675 car also out there - we expect more excellent results".