Andy Lally Qualifies No. 00 TRG/Toyota in 25th at Texas Fort Worth, TX, November 1, 2007 -- Andy Lally drove the No. 00 TRG Motorsport/Toyota Tundra to a 25th place qualifying position for tomorrow's running of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck...
Andy Lally Qualifies No. 00 TRG/Toyota in 25th at Texas
Fort Worth, TX, November 1, 2007 -- Andy Lally drove the No. 00 TRG Motorsport/Toyota Tundra to a 25th place qualifying position for tomorrow's running of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Silverado 350K at Texas Motor Speedway.
Lally's time of 29.870 and a speed of 180.783 mph, will see the Dacula, Georgia resident start from the 12th row for his first truck race. The cool qualifying session, run at 7:00 p.m. with 55-degree temperatures, will mirror the conditions for the race tomorrow evening which will start at 8:00 p.m.
The team, directed by crew chief Patrick Donohue, had to get Lally up to speed in a hurry. Lally is taking on the fastest track of his career behind the wheel of his new Toyota Tundra ride which carries associate sponsorship from Aaron's. With limited track time, Lally was able to lay down a fast practice time of 29.946 seconds.
"In practice we battled a middle turn push," Lally said. "We threw a lot of different combinations at it during the two-and-a-half-hour practice sessions, and were able to get it better for qualifying. The track should get a lot more rubber laid down by the Cup and Busch guys tomorrow, so that should make the track a little better for the race."
Lally's qualifying run was his fastest lap of the day. The crew worked feverishly on the set-up and hit on a good handling truck for the qualifier.
"The truck had a lot of grip in qualifying," Lally said. "With the way the track was in practice I really didn't anticipate the amount of grip out there, but I was able to post my fast time of the day. I might have left a tenth of a second out there, but I am happy with the first day of running a new truck, with a new team, at a new track. We feel good about the race setup and we have realistic goals for tomorrow evening -- run every lap and be there at the end. The guys are doing a great job on the truck and we are understanding each other better with every lap and every change. I am looking forward to the race."
Team owner Kevin Buckler is getting acclimated to the new setting of being a NASCAR Truck Series owner. A life long road racer, the nuances of car ownership in the NASCAR garage is a welcome challenge.
"We are taking a measured approach to these last three races," Buckler said. "We have the team and the equipment to compete, it is a matter of sorting through personalities and getting everyone pulling in the same direction. I am happy with the way the first day went. Andy is pleased with the truck and has made good progress on the time sheet. His attitude is right where it should be and we are looking forward to the race tomorrow night. It has been a lot of work to get these first few laps under out belt, but it is nice to be at the race track where we belong, instead of sitting in meetings."
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. The 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 race from Texas Motor Speedway will be carried live on the SPEED Channel starting at 9:00 p.m. EDT, Friday, November 2.