Lawless Alan will be making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPSW) debut this Saturday at Sonoma Raceway in the #12 AUTOParkit Toyota Camry for Bill McAnally Racing (BMR). Alan, who hails from Los Angeles, California, will be running a limited K&N schedule in 2019 while running full time in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.
The nineteen-year-old has made a name for himself on the west coast by racing Late Models at tracks such as Irwindale Speedway and Kern County Raceway Park. Alan posted eight wins across both tracks last season on his way to winning the Irwindale Speedway Track Championship.
Lawless is running a full schedule in the Trans Am TA2 Series piloting the AUTOParkit #52 Ford Mustang for Mike Cope Racing. He’s currently the points leader in the Wilwood Brake Rookie of the Year standings and sits sixth overall in the race for the championship. Alan plans on using the experience on road courses to his advantage this Saturday in his debut race at one of the most prestigious racetracks on the NKNPSW tour.
When asked about his K&N debut Lawless responded by stating “I’m really excited to make my NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut this weekend at Sonoma in the AUTOParkit Camry. With the experience I’ve gained through Late Models and running TA2, I feel like we have a legitimate shot at running well here. My main goal is to run all of the laps and gain as much experience as possible, but my BMR guys have put together a good car that we think is capable of running in the Top 10. It should be a fun race, I’m excited.”
Sonoma is a racetrack that all drivers competing in the series look forward to because they know it may be their best opportunity to shine in front of some Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) drivers and team owners, as the two series will share the track throughout the weekend. With the addition of a number of MENCS drivers in Saturday’s field of 33 cars, there will be some steep competition.
Lawless is arguably driving for one of the most successful car owners in the NKNPSW garage with Bill McAnally. McAnally has fielded cars in the series since 1990, and in his time as car owner, he has won the championship a record eight times. No stranger to victory lane, BMR has already won five of the six races in the 2019 season, and they plan to expand their winning ways with the addition of Alan to the team.
McAnally was quoted saying “We’re very excited to welcome Lawless to the team, after seeing how he tested our car earlier, along with his winning ways in both Super Late Model and Trans Am competition, we have big hopes for his debut race. As far as expectations go, I would really like to see him finish on the lead lap. If he is able to position himself on the lead lap near the end of the race, regardless of where he is running, we will be content, because you never really know what can happen at Sonoma. I think if he plays it smart, he will be able to come home and cash out with a really good day.”