Gary Lamonte Looks Forward to Triple Crown Challenge
By John Wells
Gary Lamonte of West Allis, Wisconsin, returns to Madison International Speedway in 2013 for the Triple Crown Super Late Model Challenge after finishing third in last year’s point race.
So what are his plans for the upcoming season? “I would like to finish higher in the Triple Crown point standings and get a win,” said Lamonte who is beginning his sixteenth year of racing.
Lamonte knows it won’t be easy with a large field of cars expected for this year’s Triple Crown Challenge. “To win at MIS it takes a great car, great equipment, an awesome crew, and a little luck to go your way.”
“What I like most about racing at MIS is the hard clean racing, the great competition and the way the track and its employees treat you; they are a true class act.”
Although he may not have made it to victory lane in a Super Late Model at MIS, Lamonte has wins in the former Midwest Sportsman division and led laps in a Twin 50 event in 2008 which he points out as some of his best memories at Madison.
Lamonte got his start in racing in 1997 after his wife bought him a trip to a racing school as a wedding anniversary gift. “I was hooked,” he said. Along with help from his wife and brother his racing career was set to begin.
Over the years he’s traveled throughout the region competing in Legends, Mid American / Midwest Sportsman, Madison Late Models, and the ASA Midwest Tour. He picked up his first career feature win at the 141 Speedway in 1998 and won Midwest Sportsman championships at Lake Geneva in 2003 and Slinger in 2004. In 2005 he finished second in a Mid American race at the historic Milwaukee Mile.
In the Super Late Models he finished 19th in points in the ASA Midwest Tour in 2010 and was recognized as “Most Dedicated Driver.”
Lamonte’s crew consists of car owners Robert and Frank Lamonte, Crew Chief Steve Lamonte, Tire Specialist Justin Lamonte, Mechanic Brad Hacker, and Spotter Mike Vogt Sr. “My biggest and longest supporter is my beautiful wife Sandy along with my twelve year old daughter Brianna. I couldn’t do this without their support.
Everyone involved with Lamonte Racing is also thankful for a wonderful group of sponsors including Granite Transformations of Jackson Wi, B&B Racing Engines, Odyssey Restaurant, Valley National Gases, and XPPO.com Plumbing Products.
It’s no secret that racing takes a lot of time away from family and other interests. When asked what he would be doing if he wasn’t racing he said, “If I was not racing, I probably would be coaching my daughter's sports teams because I would have a lot more free time and it would help quench that competitive fire.”
Lamonte also wanted to take time to thank the fans. “I would like to thank all the fans that have supported MIS in the past, and the fans that continue to support MIS and all local short track racing. Without the fans we wouldn't be able as drivers to do what we love, which is race hard and have fun, and put on a great show for them at such a great facility like MIS.”
See Gary Lamonte and his #63 car at Madison International Speedway this summer in the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge beginning on Sunday, June 16th.