David Reininger - motorsport.com
Rising US F2000 star, Andy Lally captured the victory in the Sports class of today's Motorola Cup race. Driving a BMW Z3 Coupe, Lally along with co-driver Howie Liebengood finshed one lap ahead of the second place finisher. Lally and Liebengood finished ninth overall on the lead lap with the faster Grand Sport cars.
"I got in the car at an hour into the race" said Lally. "Howie made a good call for a driver change at the first caution period. I got in and we were sitting P-2 (second place) behind David Murry. We were able to hang with Murry, but Murry wound up fading and we took the lead. At that point we held a forty second lead over the Lexis. When the leader passed the Lexis and the caution came out, we had it by a lap."
Lally has a busy schedule ahead of him as he heads to England tomorrow to takes part in the selection process for Team USA in the Formula Palmer Audi series. Lally is one of the six finalists in competition for an opportunity to represent Team USA.
"I couldn't ask for anything better," said Lally. "To win the race at my home track, Watkins Glen and tomorrow morning I'm getting in a plane to England for Team USA, to fight it out for two spots between six guys to represent the US over in England this winter is awesome. It's great momentum so hopefully I can work off of it."
As soon as Lally returns home from his October 6 test for the Formula Palmer Audi series he'll travel to Sebring, Florida to continue his battle for the Motorola Cup Sports class championship. Lally will see triple duty at Sebring competing in two US F2000 races in addition to the Motorola Cup race.