BUSCH: Watkins Glen: Andy Lally preview

Andy Lally and TRG Ready for Watkins Glen NASCAR Busch Round North Port's Lally Taking Lessons Learned to Finger Lakes Petaluma, Calif., -- Andy Lally will take the momentum from an inspired drive at Montreal just three days ago in the No. 47 ...

Andy Lally and TRG Ready for Watkins Glen NASCAR Busch Round
North Port's Lally Taking Lessons Learned to Finger Lakes

Petaluma, Calif., -- Andy Lally will take the momentum from an inspired drive at Montreal just three days ago in the No. 47 TRG/Clorox/Wood Brothers/JTG Racing Ford Fusion to the next NASCAR Busch Series round at Watkins Glen in just four days. TRG and Lally will run in the Zippo 200 at the famed Watkins Glen International raceway on Saturday, August 11. Lally was born in nearby North Port, New York.

With strong times in practice at Montreal, running as high as second and never below eighth, Lally was able to translate that effort into a strong race, unfortunately ending his day early with transmission woes. Despite a rough start with contact on lap three, the New York native ran as high as sixth. The motivation for more has Lally ready for another crack at the NASCAR Busch series this weekend.

"It was a disappointing result at Montreal, but an extremely thrilling day," Lally said. "I can't express myself enough how much I want to continue in the Bush series. My experience was awesome and I loved every minute. The best part was during the race going head to head with NEXTEL Cup regulars that I watch on TV every weekend. Passing them and moving up through the field was a bigger thrill."

With only one day of testing under his belt prior to the Montreal race, Lally had to rely on his road racing pedigree to get acclimated to his new Busch ride.

"I really did not know every parameter of where I could place the car on the track in relation to the other competitors. I need some more time to have every part of the car become second nature, like I know our Grand-Am Porsche. That just takes seat time. The vision without the mirrors is still something I am getting used to. In the Porsche we have the radiators in the front, so front end contact is forbidden. I have to get back into the mode of being able to have a little more contact with the front in the Busch car. You can be a lot more liberal with the front bumper, you can do some rubbing. Evidence from when I reviewed the race from Montreal."

Lally was born in Northport, New York, so Watkins Glen is one of his favorite circuits and one he has had a lot of success at in the recent past.

"I have won three races in the last four events at The Glen. I don't think my road racing experience will be as much of an advantage at The Glen as it was at Montreal. A lot of the Busch regulars and Cup guys have been there before. The learning curve won't be steep for them. On top of that, we will probably have more Cup regulars in good cars in the race at The Glen."

Lally has extensive experience on both the Watkins Glen long course and the Short Course.

"I love the Short Course. The Glen Short Course is one I have raced in a few different series. It is very fast and a lot of fun. We still incorporate the Bus Stop and then go to the outer loop and take turn 10 which should be wild in a Busch car. I will be in a Grand-Am Daytona Prototype this weekend as well, so more track time is welcomed. That won't be too much of an advantage, the cars are two totally different animals. Brakes in the Busch car will not be as big an issue here as it was at Montreal. More air to the brakes and less overall braking compared to Canada."

Kevin Buckler, TRG team owner, is looking forward to the next race and to seeing even more progress from his driver and the team at Watkins Glen.

"We are still excited about the Montreal weekend and we are all working on some improvements to make The Glen that much better," Buckler said. "Andy will use the Montreal backup car we had at Montreal, which the Wood Brothers/JTG Racing team has built especially for the unique attributes of the Watkins Glen circuit. In addition, we will be looking to combine our decade of road racing strategy and experience into the program to give Andy the best possible chance for success this weekend. These guys really know how to prepare a car and are a quality organization through & through. Together, we are a very strong team."

"The TRG Group of partners together with the Wood Brothers/JTG Racing family is taking the momentum Andy supplied with strong practice times and some sixth place running at Montreal to The Glen. It was a good first race, but we know there is more to come from Andy and the Wood Brothers/JTG effort. The bar will be higher at The Glen in all aspects of our presentation and on-track performance."

-credit: trg

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally