Change Racing has drafted in Andy Lally for this weekend’s Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America round at Virginia International Raceway, in a bid for the Pro class championship.
The sports car racing veteran will join Richard Antinucci at the wheel of the team’s No. 16 Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo for Rounds 7 and 8 of the season, in a strategic move by the Robby Benton-led squad, which recently lost the overall championship lead to the Prestige Performance pairing of Trent Hindman and Riccardo Agostini.
“We found ourselves to be giving up too much time and track position with the series-mandated pit lane differential of three seconds between cars with a single driver and cars with a driver pairing,” Benton explained.
“Our stops had to be three seconds longer because of Richard being a single driver instead of having a paired teammate.
“Aside from that, we wanted to put the very best candidate in the seat without taking away from our GTD effort with Corey [Lewis] and Jeroen [Mul].
“Andy drove for us once in 2015 and brought home a victory at Watkins Glen, so we felt he was the right fit to pair with Richard in this instance. Andy is also a great litmus test for our program just to see where we are in terms of performance.”
Lally will be among the drivers pulling double-duty between multiple IMSA-sanctioned series this weekend, as the New York currently sits second in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona class title race with Michael Shank Racing.
“This is a cool opportunity to race for an old friend,” Lally said. “I have known Robby for a while, and our race record together is pretty good too! We’ve only had one race together back in 2015 but we won at Watkins Glen.
“I’m looking forward to the weekend at VIR and adding a couple more races to my weekend at one of my favorite race tracks.”
Benton has high hopes for the new pairing this weekend.
“Plain and simple, this is about stacking the deck to win races,” he said. “VIR is the home track for the team, as well as Lamborghini Carolinas and after a few rough outings at Watkins Glen and Road America, we have ground to make up in the championship point standings.
“The purpose here is to make up what we’ve lost and hopefully regain the points lead after VIR.”