Lally Laps Sports Field Enroute to Motorola Cup Victory
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Oct. 3 - The day before he left for England to compete in the Team U.S.A. scholarship competition on Wednesday, Andy Lally posted his third pro victory in 11 weeks by winning the Sports class division of the Motorola Cup race at Watkins Glen International Saturday afternoon.
The young charger from Northport, N.Y., is now tied with Lance Stewart of Jupiter, Fla., for the Motorola Cup Sports division championship with two other three-hour races remaining: Sebring, Fla. on Oct. 16 and Daytona, Fla. on Nov. 7.
Lally shared the Team Spartanburg BWM Z3 Coupe with a new teammate this weekend: Howie Liebengood of Vienna, Va., who usually drives his own BMW in Motorola Cup events with Pep Boys Indy Racing League star Scott Harrington. That car wasn't entered in this event.
"We didn't have the most spectacular qualifying session on Friday," Lally said. "We missed the set-up bad for qualifying; it was just a judgment call." The team took the green fourth in class and 23rd overall in the 52-car field.
"Howie started the race and he did a super job," Lally continued. "He got it up to second in class and just hung in there, taking care of the car and staying out of trouble. We had a caution about one hour into the race and Howie jumped out and I jumped in and I took it from there. Our two pitstops went flawlessly, and we didn't drop a wheel all weekend."
Lally took the checkered in ninth place overall for his class victory. "We lapped the entire Sports field, so it was a good weekend," he added.
Lally and Liebengood completed 71 laps enroute to their victory, the same number as the winners of the Grand Sports class, Mark Ackley and Todd Snyder. Even though the Grand Sports cars are faster than the Sports cars, Lally and Liebengood's average speed wasn't far off: 79.601 mph to the Grand Sports winners' 80.192 mph.
After driving back to Long Island from the Glen, Lally was off to Kennedy International Airport Sunday night for a flight to England. He will be one of six Americans participating in a private test in that country to determine the two winners of the Team U.S.A. scholarship. The scholarship winners will compete in four Formula Palmer Audi Winter Series races in England over two weekends in November.