Event: Daytona 500
Lally Finishes 33rd in Super Eco-Fuel Saver Chevy at Daytona
Daytona Beach, FL, (February 20, 2011) - Andy Lally drove the TRG Motorsports No. 71 Super Eco-Fuel Saver Chevrolet Impala to a 33rd place finish in today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
The race started on an exciting note for the first-time 500 runner. Lally was able to draft with Dale Earnhardt Jr. up through the field from his 37th starting position to 13th in a matter of only eight laps. As the race progressed, and the yellow flags flew, Lally experienced what it is like to be shuffled back and go forward on a super speedway. On lap 29, in the middle of Turns Three and Four while running in the top 25, Lally was caught up in the largest crash of the day forcing the No. 71 Super Eco-Fuel Saver Chevy back to the garage for body repair. The 71 crew was able to get the car back out so the team could take the checker for a 33rd place finish.
"I had some of the most exciting laps in a race car that I've had in a long time," Lally said. "The first 28 laps were great. We moved from 37th to 13th and were really strong. It was awesome. That was a lot of fun! We had a real good run there at the beginning. I was in the right lane, found the holes in the draft and just kept moving up. I was able to take a minute under yellow and let that feeling set in before we got going again.
A few laps later we got going and a couple of guys got into each other in front of me and I was in the middle. Bad timing. I tried to get to the apron and someone got in the back of me and turned me up into the wall and that was our day. The crew did an amazing job to get me back out there. We ran the rest of the race and took the checker which was rewarding for everyone. I was able to get a lot of good laps in at the end with a damaged car. If we would have missed that wreck, I think we could have had an amazing day. I was proud to drive the Super Eco-Fuel Saver Chevy for TRG Motorsports. I was proud of the whole team effort today."
Team owner Kevin Buckler witnessed a lot promise and team work from driver and crew.
"Andy did a fantastic job today," Buckler said. "Just like always, he delivered when it was time. At the start he was able to get help from some of the Big Boys in the series and headed towards the front. Then the lap 29 crash, which collected about 12 cars, happened and we had to go to the garage. It was a team effort to get the car back out. We had an all hands-on-deck project going as the team was determined to the get Andy to the finish and we did. We had a great weekend with the Super Eco-Fuel Saver group and Rick Stewart (CEO). What an unbelievable group and product. The sky is the limit here. We are looking forward to next week at Phoenix."
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will travel to Phoenix International Raceway for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 to be run on Sunday, February 27.
-source: trg motorsports