Lally Back in TRG Motorsports Chevy for Watkins Glen
Mooresville, NC, (Aug. 4, 2010) - TRG team driver Andy Lally will be at the controls of the No. 71 Adobe Road/TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Helluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen race to be run on Sunday, August 8th. Lally will be looking for a strong run supported by team owner and strategic partner Kevin Buckler from the pit box.
Andy Lally Lally, an accomplished road racer, is currently dividing his time between four series'. He is third in points in the Grand-Am Rolex Series GT class with TRG, he is leading the points in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GTC class with TRG, and drives in the Grand-Am Continental Sports Car Challenge Series. This weekend Lally will be looking to defend his Watkins Glen Rolex Series Six Hour win from June as well as improve, significantly, on his 27th place, after being caught up in someone else's accident, finish in last year's NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
The Northport, New York native made his first Sprint Cup Series start last year at The Glen. The team struggled on Friday with an engine misfire, limiting Lally's practice laps to just eight, two under full power. In true road racer grit, he went out and put the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevy on the seventh row.
"Last year we got in two laps under full power just before qualifying," Lally said. "We did a bunch of in and out laps trying to sort out a misfire, which had us running on seven cylinders. The TRG and ECR (Earnhardt Childress) guys did a great job to get it sorted for qualifying. It wasn't the easiest thing to get used to that level of competition running under-powered. The car was perfect for qualifying."
"Having a Cup race at The Glen under my belt, I have a couple of key areas to focus on to make the car faster," Lally said. "If we can make proper use of our test day on Tuesday, get lucky with a dry track, and we are able to get some quality laps, we will advance the car from last year. If we can do that I think I can get a better qualifying result as well as a better race finish."
"With more experience, I bring the awareness and mental notes from last year regarding how the car gets used up during the race. We ran the whole event, so I remember how the brakes were at the end and what I need to do to help that aspect. I also bring the knowledge of the balance of the car and the way it drives on worn tires. There are also small bits of information of where we were lacking against our competition. These are the areas we will focus on during our test on Tuesday. Last year was an awesome experience! I ran with some of my racing heroes. This year I am looking forward to running strong again and getting as close to the front as possible."
So far this season, Lally has four wins under his belt. He has three victories in the Rolex GT Series at VIR (Virginia International Raceway), Watkins Glen and Daytona and one in the American Le Mans Series, winning at Lime Rock Park two weeks ago. In May at VIR Lally became only the second driver in history to celebrate his 100th start in the Rolex Series. The Dacula, Georgia resident and New York native is the only three time Rolex Series Champion. He has won the Daytona 24 Hour in 2009 and 2001. Through his Rolex Series championships and Daytona 24 Hour wins he has amassed a collection of five Rolex Daytona watches.
Kevin Buckler Kevin Buckler, team principal, will be play a key role in the race weekend, lending his road racing strategy from atop the pit box as well.
"There are certain strategies that we employ during our sports car races," Buckler said. "With all the complex issues of road racing, the wave around and then the ever present possibility of a green-white-checker finish we will try to bring the knowledge of 17 years of road racing experience to this weekend."
Buckler has a lot of faith in Lally, who has been a key part of the TRG success story for the last six years. In addition to the Sprint Cup and Rolex Series running at The Glen, TRG will also have their ALMS car on the track at Mid-Ohio.
"Andy is a great racer," Buckler said. "He is fast everywhere, but when he runs at Watkins Glen, for some reason, he takes his driving to another level. Maybe it is his New York blood getting in sync with the competition history of that great track. We are testing with him on Tuesday at VIR so he and Dan (Stillman, crew chief) can get their communication down and put a good baseline set-up on the car. Last year Andy was short changed in practice with limited laps, and got caught up in an accident which was not fault of his own. This year he will give him the full tool box to work from and we are looking forward to a great performance on Sunday. I know the team and the guys have been working really hard and everything is ready. We are all looking forward to this weekend."
-source: trg motorsports