TRG And Lally Ready For NASCAR Busch Series DebutIn Montreal Petaluma, California -- TRG and driver Andy Lally are ready to make their NASCAR Busch Series debut at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve road course in Montreal, Canada for Saturday's ...
TRG And Lally Ready For NASCAR Busch Series DebutIn Montreal
Petaluma, California -- TRG and driver Andy Lally are ready to make their NASCAR Busch Series debut at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve road course in Montreal, Canada for Saturday's running of the NAPA Auto Parts 200.
Lally and the TRG/Wood Brothers/JTG Racing team took their No. 47 Clorox/TRG Ford Fusion to the Sebring International Raceway short course for a day testing last Tuesday. Lally and crew chief Scott Zippadelli became fast friends over a day of testing.
For Lally it was his first time behind the wheel of a Busch car."I was very happy with how quickly I came up to speed in the car," said Lally. "We got up to pace very quickly. The car drove very much the way I expected it to drive. Scott and the guys rolled a very neutral car out of the trailer. After a handful of shake down laps we began to sort out setup issues. We were able to work really well together and that resulted in steady improvement throughout the day. Sebring is a track I am very familiar with, so it was nice not having to learn a circuit as well as a new car."
The transition from hi-tech sports cars to a 3,200 lb., 700-horsepower NASCAR Busch ride was an easy one for Dacula, Georgia based Lally.
"The crew had the seat the way I wanted it, we have a steering wheel similar to the size of the one in the Porsche, the foot pedals are comfortable and the vision out of the car is excellent, so it was quite secure. The biggest difference is in the braking -- it is a big heavy car. At Montreal that will be a big challenge. I think a lot of guys are going to be over-cooking it into the braking zones. We are tuning on the brakes and are trying to get a little better brake feel, which will translate into more driver confidence and that goes to faster lap times.
I am also coming to grips with how the car likes to go through a corner and of course all of the power that it has."
Lally will spend most of Thursday and Friday behind the wheel of the No. 66 TRG/CRG Porsche GT3 in the Grand-Am Rolex Series GT event. The rear-engine German sports car is a far cry from the Ford Fusion Busch ride that Lally will pedal on Saturday.
"I will be driving the Porsche GT3 in the Grand-Am race the same weekend. The additional track time will be very good, since I have not raced at Montreal before. A lot of my racing career has been spent racing two different cars on a weekend, so I think moving between the Porsche and Ford Fusion won't be a problem. I should be able to translate some of the experience between the two cars and hopefully be competitive in both races. I will have a lot of miles under my belt the day before we qualify the Busch car."
For team principle Kevin Buckler, the weekend will be busy as well. Buckler will field two Porsche GT3 Cup cars in the Grand-Am race as well as the No. 47 in the Busch event.
"We are used to having a full-plate of entries on any given weekend," Buckler said. "Our sports car program sometimes has as many as eight cars competing on the same weekend."
Buckler's faith in Lally comes from a three-year partnership that has resulted in two championships and 11 wins.
"Andy and I have had a lot success together on the track. It will be a proud moment for me to see Andy take to the track in the Busch car and start the next chapter of his racing career. I know he will take his usual professional and measured approach behind the wheel and have a great weekend in both races."
TRG has partnered with the Wood Brothers/JTG Racing who will supply Ford cars and crew for the upcoming two race effort which includes Watkins Glen. Glen Wood founded the famous racing team some 57 years ago, making the team synonymous with fast pits stops and speedy race cars. Since that time, the team has been a fixture on the Busch and NASCAR scene fielding drivers such as Ricky Rudd, Neil Bonnet and David Pearson.