Friday, September 22, 2023

Andy Lally to Pilot Rick Ware Racing Entry at Sonoma, Remaining Road Course Events in 2023

Andy Lally Rick Ware Racing Sonoma Road Course Races 2023 NASCAR Cup Series
Andy Lally will pilot the No. 15 Rick Ware Racing entry in this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway, and he’ll contest the remaining road course events for the team. Photo Credit: Nigel Kinrade, NKP, Courtesy of Ford Performance

Andy Lally had been teasing that he had a ride lined up for an upcoming NASCAR Cup Series road course race. On Monday, that team turned out to be Rick Ware Racing, and that race turned out to be this weekend’s Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

“This is obviously an incredible opportunity and I am very thankful to Rick, RWR and Camping World for making this all come together in a very short amount of time,” Lally said. “So many of my chances to race in NASCAR have been one-race deals. With five races now, I get to really focus and embed myself with a team to develop a stronger communication and understanding of each other, as well as learning what the NextGen car likes on road courses.”

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After Lally took to Twitter to talk about his potential NASCAR Cup Series driving opportunity, Marcus Lemonis took notice, and responded with, “I’ve got you covered…”

Now, Lemonis’ company Camping World will serve as the sponsor for Lally’s NASCAR Cup Series action.

“This all came about because I wrote a note across my social media channels explaining I had an opportunity to return to the NASCAR Cup Series. I was thrilled when Marcus Lemonis, CEO and Chairman of Camping World, reached out and committed to all five road course races with Camping World as the primary sponsor. It blew my mind. I can’t thank Marcus and the Camping World family enough.”

In addition to this weekend’s race, Lally and Camping World will partner with Rick Ware Racing to contest the remainder of the road course schedule during the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Lally is an expert when it comes to road racing, as he is a legend in the world of sports car racing, and the Rick Ware Racing team feels Lally brings a wealth of knowledge that can help the organization.

“When we first talked to Andy about driving a few races with our team, I was very interested based on his impressive road course acumen,” said Rick Ware, team owner. “When Camping World wanted to partner with us for the rest of this year’s road course races, it was an easy decision. Our team is looking forward to getting it started this weekend.”

The 48-year-old won NASCAR Cup Series rookie of the year honors in 2011, and he has racked up four top-five finishes and nine top-10s in 23-career NASCAR Xfinity Series starts.

Now, Lally will attempt to snag a NASCAR Cup Series top-10 finish.

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is an award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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