Iowa Race: Lally Takes GS Victory
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Andy Lally withstood several challenges from Craig Stanton late in the Casey's General Stores KONI Challenge race in Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series Grand Sport (GS) competition Sunday to give himself and co-driver/polesitter, Scott Schroeder, their first victory of the season.

Driving the No. 41 TRG Carlsen Porsche/Cohen Financial Porsche 997, Lally led three times for 61 laps, including the final 11, and held off a hard-charging Craig Stanton. Stanton led for three laps in the final half hour of the race before Lally returned to the point for good on Lap 147.

Stanton tried to get by several times at the end, but was starving for fuel during the last handful of laps and instead cruised to second, 3.063 seconds behind. It was the best finish for Stanton and the No. 83 BGB Motorsports Performance Drink Porsche 997 since their victory in the Fresh From Florida 200 at Daytona International Speedway and the best finish of his career for Jon Miller.

Lally and Stanton weren't the only drivers entrenched in a battle for the lead. On Lap 93, Lally earned his first lead of the day by passing Joe Foster in the No. 55 Hyper Sport Ford Mustang GT in Turn 4. Bill Auberlen was also part of the lead mix, and ended up taking third in the race with Matthew Alhadeff in the No. 97 Turner Motorsport BMW M3.

Rounding out the top five were defending series co-champions and current point co-leaders Jeff Segal and Jep Thornton in the No. 09 Automatic Racing Imported Car Store/Land Air BMW M3. They now lead Foster and Scott Maxwell, who finished seventh, by 22 points (171-149) with four races remaining.

After earning a track record in qualifying Sunday morning and starting on the pole for the first time in his career, Schroeder led the opening 49 laps before the first caution period - when ST driver Derek Whitis spun into the gravel trap in Turn 3 - and the first round of pit stops occurred. Schroeder handed the car off to Lally on Lap 51, and Lally returned to the track in seventh. However, Lally took fifth on Lap 65 and was in second by Lap 80, then passed Foster on Lap 93 and led 22 laps before Auberlen led a lap.

Lally returned to the point on Lap 116 and stayed atop before Stanton surged ahead on Lap 144 with a bold move in Turns 6 and 7. Lally then retook the lead at the start/finish line on Lap 147 and never let Stanton back by, despite a series of challenges to the last two laps.

It marked the second victory for Lally and TRG at Iowa Speedway, as Lally took a TRG Porsche GT3 car to victory in last year's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 GT race.

For Stanton and Miller, it was a positive end to a long day. The car suffered problems throughout the morning practice session, and the team was about to run the sister No. 38 Porsche 997 before diagnosing a wiring problem moments before qualifying.

Holtom, Aschenbach Win KONI ST Race

In their first race together, Jamie Holtom and Lawson Aschenbach took the No. 01 Georgian Bay Motorsports Chevrolet Cobalt SS to the ST victory, as they held a lap advantage over second-place finishers Matthew Bell and VJ Mirzayan in the No. 95 Turner Motorsport BMW 330i.

Holtom led the final 42 laps after taking the point from polesitter Steven Ott when Ott pitted and handed the No. 51 Brass Mitchell Racing Mazda RX-8 off to his co-driver Tony Rivera on Lap 115. Rivera returned to the track in third, and with enough fuel to go to the end, Holtom put a lap between himself and the rest of the ST field for his third ST victory of the season. He also is now within five points (160-155) of point co-leaders Chuck Hemmingson, the local favorite out of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Kristian Skavnes. Hemmingson and Skavnes finished 10th in the No. 111 ICY/Phoenix Racing Subaru Legacy.

The victory was the first for Aschenbach in Grand-Am competition, and the first time he had ever competed in a front-wheel drive car. Aschenbach was substituting for Eric Curran,<
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