WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Burtin Racing announced Andy Lally will drive the No. 50 Chevrolet Camaro in the TA class during round nine of the Sept. 10 Trans-Am Championship at Watkins Glen Int’l for Sept. 10.
Lally’s appearance will mark his Trans-Am debut with the series. Lally, a longtime sports car competitor and champion, will pair with Burtin Racing; as team owner, Claudio Burtin, expands his motorsport endeavors within Trans-Am racing. The team has proven successful already this year with Adam Carolla and Martin Ragginger having earned podium finishes for Burtin.
“I’ve been friends with Andy for a long time,” said Burtin. “We worked together when he was just getting started over in NASCAR. Putting him in the car at Watkins Glen is a good fit and decision for the team, it’s Andy’s favorite track and he’s had plenty of success there. The No. 50 continues to improve from race to race; and with Andy’s quality and technical input, we expect that trend to continue. I transitioned out of the car earlier this year for a variety of reasons and look forward to getting back in the seat at select events.”
Lally’s appearance in the No. 50 was finalized after schedule commitments could be made in late July. Next weekend will make for the first time that Lally straps into the GoShare Axalta Camaro but he is no stranger to the team or Trans-Am.
“For over 20 years I’ve watched Trans-Am cars fly around the track and have tried to find an opportunity to race one myself,” said Lally. “I’m very thankful to Claudio for making me part of the team, and I could not ask for a better place to race this amazing car. Watkins Glen is my favorite track, and we are fresh off a win there last month at the 6 Hours. Gary Selix and the crew have worked so hard on this car, and they have had great speed. I hope I can deliver a good result for the team and may do more races in the future.”
Lally’s addition to the Watkins Glen entry boosts the event’s competitors list to 60 entries including 18 participants in the TA class in which Lally will compete.