SCC: VIR: Andy Lally preview

Lally is a Top Road Racer and Streetluger ALTON, Va., Oct. 1 - To be a champion race car driver is one thing, but Andy Lally is a champion in two different sports. Lally, of Northport, N.Y. and Dacula, Ga., was Grand American's Sports ...

Lally is a Top Road Racer and Streetluger

ALTON, Va., Oct. 1 - To be a champion race car driver is one thing, but Andy Lally is a champion in two different sports.

Lally, of Northport, N.Y. and Dacula, Ga., was Grand American's Sports Racing Prototype II champion in 2001. He also won that class at the Rolex 24 at Daytona that year in Mike Johnson's Lola Nissan B2K.

This year Lally teamed up with Marc Bunting of Monkton, Md. in TPC Racing's Porsche GT3 No. 38, which is sponsored by Turbo Performance Center and Ajilon Consulting. They're currently leading the Super Grand Sport (SGS) point standings in the Rolex series with 278 points. Ninety-six drivers have earned points in the class this year to date.

Heading into Sunday's race at Virginia International Raceway, the tenth of 12 on the 2004 schedule, they have one victory (the first Watkins Glen race), five seconds, two thirds and an eighth.

Lally also is one of the Team Lexus drivers in Grand-Am Cup, so he'll compete in one of those orange race cars Saturday at VIR. He's currently tied for ten th in the Sport Touring (ST) standings out of 107 drivers who have competed in that class this year. At VIR he and co-driver Andy Brumbaugh of Blythewood, S.C. will be in the Team Lexus No. 3, a Lexus IS300 sponsored by Lexus, BBS Wheels, Red Line Oil and Sparco.

But Lally is fast in another type of "vehicle" too: streetluge. He finished second in the Streetluge World Championships in 2003, which were held in Austria, and he won the International Gravity Sports Association (IGSA) U.S. national race held in Ohio in April.

Whether he's strapped into a race car or strapped down, flat on his back, on a streetluge that is flying down a hilly street, Lally is fast.

He says the two sports have more in common than one might think.

"Having raced cars for so many years before getting into streetluge helped me get used to the speed and learning how to race the course," he said. "A streetluge racer picks his line down the hill much the way an auto racer picks his line around a race track. When it comes to head-to-head racing I also carry a little advantage because it is a very similar mind set, and similar strategies are applied."

Lally has even developed his own streetluge, the Rewsports luge, which is available for sale on his Web site at www.andylally.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Lally , Marc Bunting , Andy Brumbaugh , Mike Johnson