#NASCAR fast – The Luge
Andrew "Andy" Lally is a three-time Grand Am Rolex Series Champion. In 2007, he made his NASCAR debut in both the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. He ran full-time in the Sprint Cup Series and won the Rookie of the Year honors in 2011.
However, few fans are aware that Lally is also a World Championship street luge racer. The Luge is a small one- or two-person sled on which one sleds face up and feet-first as fast as one can.
Andy devoted this weekend to the attempt to break the Guinness World Luge Record. He grabbed his passport and was off to Canada. However Andy was disappointed in his runs on Saturday. Attaining only a speed of eighty-six (86) miles an hour, he was not fast enough to break the record.
Lally responded by removing all the cameras to reduce drag and also completed a major changed-over to the luge design to fix a “mega set-up flaw” for Sunday’s attempts.
Yesterday's first run @ 90.6mph. I ended the day at 98.8mph. The video does not do this event justice. More to come! pic.twitter.com/BFGwMmGdBk— Andy Lally (@AndyLally) September 11, 2016
The day’s end witnessed three Luge racers breaking the Guinness Record. Michael David Mc Intyre set the new world record, Roger Hickey came in second and Andy rounded out the “podium” with his third-place effort of ninety-eight point eight (98.8) miles per hour.
If this screeching down a hill in a fancy ‘skateboard’ lying inches from the ground looks dangerous, it is. Mike McIntyre who shattered the world record with his run of 102.2 mph, lost control Sunday after the speed trap and hit a wall which landed him in the hospital.
|Andy, as the driver of the Kevin Buckler-owned, No. 71 Ford team, |
was the 2011 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year.
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