Andy Lally Impressive In Stock Car Test CONCORD, North Carolina (Tuesday, November 14, 2006) - - When road racing ace Andy Lally makes his transition to stock car racing, one thing is for certain, he will shine. Lally turned his first laps in a...
Andy Lally Impressive In Stock Car Test
CONCORD, North Carolina (Tuesday, November 14, 2006) - - When road racing ace Andy Lally makes his transition to stock car racing, one thing is for certain, he will shine. Lally turned his first laps in a stock car last Thursday at Lowe's Motor Speedway, one of NASCAR's fastest tracks on the circuit.
Lally, the only three-time Rolex Grand Am Champion headed into the test session with an open mind. His main focus heading into the scheduled eight-hour test included several mock-runs, and relaying information back and forth to his crew.
Throughout the day, Lally showed determination and strength in a heavy test guided by ARCA RE/MAX Series veteran and NASCAR driver Andy Belmont. Lally's lap times were strong enough to put him solidly in the last ARCA RE/MAX Series event held at the 1.5-mile facility.
"Andy did an awesome job," said Belmont. "He is so smooth and learns so quickly he drove like a he's been doing this for a while. His feedback was great and his feel for the car was strong. He is the real deal and I was very fortunate to work with him. We have an additional test scheduled next month and I'm really looking forward to it."
As for the 2006 Rolex Grand Am Champion, he was eagerly excited about how the test went. "I had a great time at Lowe's Motor Speedway with Andy and the guys," said the 29-year old. "The first time I set my eyes on this place was when I was racing go karts there in the infield. To be able to have the chance to fly into turn one in a stock car and run well was so much fun."
Lally, a native of Georgia added, I am trying to get as much seat time as I can I would love to be able to run some ARCA races next year as well as try and make the NASCAR Busch Series road course races, so every bit of testing that I get is a plus. Andy's crew was very helpful to me through out the day with answering all of my questions. I learned a lot and look forward to trying it again."
"When we head back to test I expect to be blown away," added Belmont, who fielded a full time entry in the ARCA RE/MAX Series this season for various drivers. "I really think he has the credentials to be a great stock car driver and I hope that I'm with him for it."
Lally soared into his new venue with a successful and impressive resume to his credit. In addition to his Rolex Grand Am Championships, Lally has experience In the 24 Hours of Le Mans, SPEED World Challenge Series, Barber Dodge Pro Series and USF2000 Series. Lally will return to LMS next month on the heels of winning six Grand Am events this year."