Michigan International Speedway
Lally looking for a "Heluva Good!" run at Michigan
Andy Lally prepares to take the #71 TRG Motorsports Ford to Michigan International Speedway this weekend for the running of the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400.
Lally is coming off of a season-best qualifying effort last weekend at Pocono. This will be Lally’s first trip to the 2-mile-long oval in the Irish Hills of Brooklyn, Michigan.
Andy Lally commented, “Our qualifying effort last weekend in Pocono definitely showed the strides we are making towards being more competitive. I haven’t been to Michigan before, but I’m expecting it to be somewhat similar to Fontana. Our goal this weekend is to come home with a solid finish and take some momentum with us as we head into Sonoma.”
This week, the #71 team participated in a test session at Virginia International Raceway in preparation for next weekend’s race in Sonoma, CA. The test left Lally optimistic, “We’ve had two good tests for our road course program. Last week we went to Road Atlanta and were very pleased with our racecar. This week we were able to use what we learned at Road Atlanta and test at VIR. I’m certainly looking forward to taking a one week break from the ovals and return to my road racing roots.”
While this weekend will mark Lally’s first Michigan start, it will be the 28th career start at the track for crew chief Doug Richert. Richert’s Michigan résumé includes nine top-10 finishes and a pair of victories. Richert said, “Historically, Michigan has been a good track for the Ford program. I think we’re very fortunate to have Roush Yates horsepower under the hood this weekend. Our team has been putting forth a lot of effort recently and I think it’s starting to show.”
Team owner Kevin Buckler is anticipating a good weekend as well. He said, “We are looking for another strong qualifying performance this weekend and hopefully a good race this time!! Every single week we figure a little more out about these cars and how to make them and Andy more competitive. I am very proud of the team and see that we are gaining on it every single week. We hope to be able to stick it back in the top 35 before we head to Sonoma next week.”
-source: trg motorsports