Andy Lally Drives the No. 00 TRG/Toyota Tundra to a 22nd Place Finish in Texas Fort Worth, TX, November 2, 2007 -- Andy Lally drove the No. 00 TRG/Kevin Buckler Racing/Toyota Tundra to a 22nd place finish in tonight's NASCAR Craftsman Truck...
Andy Lally Drives the No. 00 TRG/Toyota Tundra to a 22nd Place Finish in Texas
Fort Worth, TX, November 2, 2007 -- Andy Lally drove the No. 00 TRG/Kevin Buckler Racing/Toyota Tundra to a 22nd place finish in tonight's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Silverado 350K at Texas Motor Speedway.
Lally's first ever truck race was action packed. The driver from Georgia got off to a good start from his 25th place qualifying position to run as high as 13th in the early going. Complaints of a loose truck throughout the race kept Lally searching for grip on the track.
"Early in the race we were loose everywhere, into the turn, in the middle than off of the turn," Lally said. "The guys were making big adjustments when we pitted, but it really wasn't making much difference. Later in the race I adjusted my line and went further up the track and that helped the stability a lot in traffic."
On lap 38 Lally had a moment coming off of the fourth turn, when a competitor loosened him up almost spinning him into the infield. Lally made the save and was able to hold his position.
"I came off of turn four and the other truck must have taken the air off of my rear spoiler and it came around. I saved it and took a little trip through the infield and flat spotted the tires. No real harm we didn't loose a position, I guess it was my little welcome to the truck series."
Later in the race on lap 144, following five caution periods, the No. 00 truck sustained some left front damage when Lally tried to avoid the leaders wrecking which resulted in a race stopping red flag.
"There was really no where to go. My spotter was trying to get me through it, but the truck in front of me checked up and I hit him in the rear. The steering wheel was off about 60-degrees and I had a vibration. The guys called me in for tires to be safe with three laps to go."
Lally brought the truck home in 22nd position to successfully take the checker in his first truck race.
"It was a wild and crazy race. We had a tough handling truck, but I was glad we avoided the wrecks and finished the race. This whole deal really only came together in the last few days and the guys have done a great job to get the truck ready and guide me through the weekend. We had the goal to finish and we did, so it was a successful outing."
Team owner Kevin Buckler was impressed by Lally's performance and pleased with the way the team was able to work through the weekend.
"It was really a coming together of a lot of different elements this weekend," Buckler said. "We got the keys to the truck on Monday and were on the track for the first practice on Thursday. Andy really rose to the occasion and did a good job in what was a real rough race.JHe kept to our plan to run a nice safe race and bring the truck to the checker. The crew did a nice job and put a good safe truck under Andy.JWe are really just sorting through the personalities to see how everything comes together for the long term. The last two races we will use to get Andy more seat time as well as get his driving style and the setup of the truck on the same page. I am happy with the way things went and we are off to Phoenix."
TRG was founded by Kevin and Debra Buckler in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of sports car racing ever since. TRG has the most wins of any team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series with 23, including the 2005 and 2006 Rolex Series GT championship trophy to go along with wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 24 Hours or Le Mans.
TRG is a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance racing parts.JThe group specializes in engine and chassis building as well as full service professional race car preparation. The company also provides electrical and mechanical engineering services, driver development and arrive-and-drive services. TRG is based in Petaluma, Calif., near its home track of Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.
The penultimate round for the truck series will be the Casino Arizona 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 9.