Fort Mill, SC
PHOTO CREDIT: Jon Huey
For anyone that knows Magnus Racing driver Andy Lally, you know he can’t sit still for long. We sat down with him (for a brief second!) to learn more about his adventurous lifestyle. Let’s just say, we’re impressed!
Q: Where did your need for speed come from?
A: I honestly was born wanting to live on the edge. My parents have a bunch of stories about me. And I always say I don’t know that it’s an adrenaline junkie thing - I don’t have a death wish - I just have fun racing. So from a very early age, we lived on a hill and I’d fly down this big grassy knoll that we had but I would also then get my big wheel or this little Fisher Price toy that my parents have more memories of than I do, where they’d constantly catch me at the last minute flying down the driveway into traffic and they’d grab me just before I got killed. It’s been there from a very young age to go fast.
Q: For people that follow you on your Instagram (@andylallyracing) – they’ll often see you at a skate park – tell us about the skateboarding.
A: Skateboarding – I’m not good at tricks, so I have more fun going fast. The speed is kind of in my blood. I fail at more tricks than I complete. It’s usually like a 10 to one ratio! Things with wheels I just have fun with – whether it’s a skateboard, a street luge, a stock car, or a GT car or a bike. My mountain bike, my road bike, or my BMX bike – I just have fun with all of it.
Q: People might not know this, but you broke the Guinness Book of World Records on a street luge, how did you do it?
A: Probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever done was try to break the Guinness Book of World Records on a street luge in 2016 on this crazy hill northeast of Quebec City, Canada. The record at the time was 98.2 mph and 20 of us were invited out to go to that event and I designed my own luge from scratch and built it with my dad and stepdad. It was really cool.
VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) was really nice to let me test it at VIR. They let Spencer Pumpelly hook a tow rope up to his rental car Volvo and pull me up to 107.5 mph down the back straightaway. I promptly ate it, but honestly that moment may have saved my life because I realized that there was a flaw in the geometry of the suspension on the luge and it doesn’t show up until the high 90s and I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere into the high 90s because there just aren’t hills that steep for me to test.
The hill that we did the record attempt on was so steep but it was so dangerous that if you had an off there it could have been lethal. I broke the record but two of my friends also broke the record. So I ended up with the third fastest time but I did break the Guinness Book of World Records. I stopped on the last run and said, ‘that’s it’ because I almost went off the cliff and hit the wall every time I went down the hill.
I called my dad and told him we put so much work into this thing and I want to break the world record, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to kill myself if we do this and he agreed not to do anything crazy. I went one more time and we broke the record but then a friend of mine had a monster crash and I called it a day.