posted on June 16, 2012 19:00
Tech House and Speed by Bill Wood: Episode 123
Guests: Andy Lally (00:00), Billy Johnson (11:20), Darren Law & Simon Gregg (25:12), Michael Valiante (35:42)
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Tech House & Speed this week takes you to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course where we found many conversations with the best in Grand-Am Road Racing. We also found a story from one race winner in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS category. He was on his way home when he stopped for breakfast and got a call to return to the Rolex 24 where he was put into a Daytona Prototype. And he nailed it to change the path of his career. It's a great story that we hear from the driver himself on Tech House & Speed, NASCAR Free Radio.
In Segment One we talk with Andy Lally who's won Rolex GT races including the last Rolex 24. Much of his success was with another race program. Now he's winning races, making videos and changing his life choices with another team, Magnus Racing. We get the latest from a happy driver and man who's learning how to kick butts in the MMA. If Lally can't do it all, he's giving it his best effort! You'll enjoy these few minutes with a champion.
In Segment Two we talk with Billy Johnson who won the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge opener at Daytona. But the team fell on hard times after that only to reemerge in victory circle last weekend at Mid-Ohio. But the story that fascinates us is the Rolex DP appearance he had on a moment's notice at the 24 Hour. How'd you like to get a career changing call when you're on your way home thinking about everything but another race car? Sometimes life does that to you!
In Segment Three we talk with Darren Law of Action Express who won the Grand-Am Detroit round with Joao Barbosa. He talks about the changes at Action Express that have that team in the conversations about the best teams in Rolex DP racing. We also talk with Simon Gregg who started his 100th Trans Am race last weekend at Mid-Ohio and came away with his second straight win. Gregg is inserting himself into different conversations too including those conversations about the Trans Am points leader.
Finally in Segment Four we talk with Michael Valiante who won a personal doubleheader last weekend winning the Rolex DP race with Richard Westbrook. That was after he won the Continental Tire ST race with Chad Gilsinger in a Canadian Honda. Valiante is having an emergence in sports car racing after bumping around in Indy Cars for several years. That includes some runs at Indy. Valiante now teaches drivers how to pick the right career path. If you have missed any part of this episode or guest, you can go to iTunes where this and past shows are available for your convenience. Tech House & Speed archives are also available "On Demand" or via RSS syndication at www.ByBillWood.com, www.TechHouseandSpeed.com or at www.RaceFanRadio.com! Enjoy!! TRT: 51:18