Andy Lally is adamant about wanting to stay in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season. He's just not sure who might give him the opportunity.
Lally said Saturday after qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway he's unsure of his future plans and doesn't know if TRG Motorsports – his current team – will retain him in 2012.
"What I know about next year is that I'd like to stay in NASCAR," he said. "And that's about all I know about next year."
He added with a chuckle: "I don't even know that much about next week, to be honest with you."
Lally said his goal has been to finish the season and complete all the races, but "money is tight." Like many other teams, Lally said TRG's marketing department has been working overtime – but he's unsure if it will result in enough sponsorship to run the final few events of 2011.
In regard to 2012, Lally said, "this is definitely where I want to stay."
"I love this," he said. "I've got a huge mountain to climb and a whole lot of things to learn, and it's been a humbling experience getting your butt kicked week-in and week-out. But I wouldn't trade it for the world. I just want to keep going on it and make it happen."
Will TRG decide to invest in Lally for another season?
"I'd obviously love to continue with TRG," he said. "If they have other choices and options they decide to go with, I'd certainly love to talk to whoever I can to stay in the sport."
Lally, a sports car veteran running his rookie season in the Sprint Cup Series, is 33rd in points and has a top finish of 19th.