Andy Lally will take the No.71 TRG Motorsports Ford to the Granite State this weekend as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series makes its first of season stops at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The team is coming off of a 32nd place finish last weekend at Kentucky Speedway.
“We were never really able to get our feet set last weekend. The weather kept us on our toes and we didn’t get as much time to focus on our race setup as we would have liked to. I was happy to get our car in the race for all of our guys.” – Andy Lally on last week’s run.
This will be Lally’s third career start at the mile-long oval of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He has earned a pair of 37th place finishes there in his previous two starts.
“I like New Hampshire because I’ve been there before. It’s different from a lot of the tracks we race at in terms of braking points and how the car carries momentum through the corner. Because the track is basically flat, you have to start approaching the corner much earlier than you would if the track was banked. If you compare a track like New Hampshire to a track like Dover, they are both mile-long ovals, but the similarities end there. Dover has a ton of banking and New Hampshire has almost none. A lot of people look at oval racing and say it’s easy or that all of the tracks are the same. I can tell you that, as a rookie, one of the hardest things to learn is how unique each of the tracks we race on is and how different the racing line is from track to track. We’ve been consistent all year long and are looking for a strong run this weekend that can help give us some momentum and move us up in points.”
Team owner Kevin Buckler remains high on his team’s efforts. “All of our guys have been putting in a lot of effort. We’ve had some restructuring go on in the past month, and I believe that it is for the better. We’re here to field a successful, competitive and efficient race team on every level and I think we are well on our way towards accomplishing that goal. We’re a very unique organization. Last week we competed in the American Le Mans Series, Grand-Am Rolex Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. It was great to see our Porsches finish first and second at Lime Rock. Andy is doing a good job learning these cars and tracks. Everything he is doing this year is brand new to him. I’m proud of how he has been able to progress and keep us in the hunt in the Owner’s Points standings. A solid run this weekend would go a long way for us.”
Crew Chief Doug Richert will be on the box at New Hampshire for the sixteenth time in his career this weekend. “We’ve had some encouraging things happen for us lately. We had a great qualifying run at Daytona and Andy did a good job helping us make adjustments last weekend. We’re all working really hard to build this program.”
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TRG is a full-service motorsports company offering a total driver ladder approach. This approach starts with track days, goes to club events, up into street stock series and culminates in the ultimate goal of professional motorsports. With sports car focused facilities in Petaluma, California (Infineon Raceway) and Mooresville, North Carolina, the team can offer turn-key support as well as arrive-and-drive programs.
The company’s NASCAR operations are headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina. The team fields a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry and has the capacity to run ARCA, Nationwide and the Camping World Truck Series.
The Racer’s Group was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing. The team boasts Rolex Series GT championships in 2005 and 2006 and holds the record for the most wins in Grand-Am with 32. The team’s resume is highlighted by five championships, four Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona victories and a Le Mans 24 Hour win.