Lally to Start Sixth in Today's F2000 Race at the Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., May 29 - Despite a case of the flu, Highcroft Racing's Andy Lally of Northport, N.Y., earned the sixth starting spot Friday morning for the U.S. Formula 2000 race at Watkins Glen International later this afternoon. He was behind the wheel of the Red Line Oil/Maida/SIMTEK/GMP/Slick Eyewear Bowman BC5 Quicksilver Ford.
Lally's fastest lap was the last one he ran in the half-hour qualifying session beginning the day's activities at the famous road course, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Highcroft Racing's Duncan Dayton of North Salem, N.Y., had ignition problems during practice yesterday. Despite changing the car's motor overnight the problem continued Friday morning in qualifying for today's race, the first half of a doubleheader here this weekend.
To make matters worse, George Forgeois spun in turn 10 early in the qualifying session and collected Dayton, who ended up in a gravel trap. The car suffered minimal damage but Dayton's session was over far too early, and he'll start at the rear of the 35-car field for this afternoon's 20-lap race. The Highcroft Racing team is hard at work on the ignition problem and once that is solved Dayton's starting spot sets the stage for what should be an exciting drive to watch, as Dayton's patented charges through the field are always worth the price of admission.
Today's race is scheduled to get the green flag at 1:15 p.m., followed by qualifying for tomorrow's race at 4 p.m. today. Saturday's event has a 10:30 a.m. starting time.
Lally, the Rookie of the Year in the series last year, was sixth in the practice session here yesterday. Dayton, who finished third in the final point standings last year, was 13th in practice yesterday.