Charles Krall (ARCA Racing): Welcome to Ten Questions at ARCARacing.com and our next guest is none other than Lawless Alan, another of the Bill McAnally Racing drivers in the ARCA Menards Series West. Lawless, this is going to lead me into one of the questions later in this interview but you have one of the coolest names in all of racing and you have a pretty cool sponsor. What can you tell us about your sponsor?
Lawless Alan (No. 12 AUTOParkit Toyota): My main sponsor is AutoParkIt, and we have Siemens and NGK on board. AutoParkIt is a fully automated parking system. You can think of it as a vending machine for cars.
CK: Can you go and select whichever one you want? I have a minivan and I would rather have the Corvette? Can I do that? No?
LA: Unfortunately you can only get your car down.
CK: Darn it!
Let’s get on with it before I spend too much time talking about swapping my mininvan for something else. Question number one, if you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you pick to go?
LA: Anywhere in the world? I think I would have to go to Italy. I have been there before and seeing Rome and going to Florence and Venice, seeing all of these properly old buildings. They were made in 1200, 1300. And of course you can’t go wrong with the pasta there. Everything about it I really like.
CK: I wouldn’t mind checking out Italy to check out a couple of the old volcanoes, Mt. Vesuvius for one. Especially now that we’re not making a mess of those canals I think Venice would be pretty fun to check out.
CK: So what is your favorite thing to do away from the racetrack? Obviously we all like racing and watching racecars go around in circles but what is your favorite thing to do away from racing?
LA: I really like video games so I tend to do that a lot. Obviously with quarantine it’s a little different but I usually go and hang out with my friends a couple of times a week. We have this weekly tradition on Wednesday nights to go to a Mexican restaurant near us and hang out. It’s pretty much the one night a week you can guarantee to see pretty much everyone. I really miss doing that now that I can’t.
CK: Now that you can’t you didn’t know what you had. If you could pick your favorite class in school what would it be? I graduated way back in 1990, I am an old man and I get it. My strengths were anything that had to do with writing and for some reason French class, which I don’t remember any of. What was your favorite class and what was your least favorite class?
LA: Least favorite is easy, that was English. That subject and me don’t get along for some reason. I really like the sciences. It’s hard to choose which science but I really like astronomy and anything to do with space. I originally went to school for mechanical engineering, so I really like everything about science and not necessarily the math but you get used to it. I really like knowing how things work.
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CK: So I am buddies on Twitter with the guy who decertified Pluto as a planet. How about that? Pretty interesting little nugget to have on your resume isn’t it? If you could pick any person, living or dead, racing or a non-racing person, to spend some time with the night before a race who would it be?
LA: I would have to go with somebody like Ayrton Senna or Niki Lauda because they were both fantastic drivers and they were around in the heyday of Formula One and they were the cream of their crop. I would love to know what led them to make the decisions they did on the race track. What they are doing differently.
CK: You’re a young guy. You’re relatively early in your racing career. What example would you like to set for those who come into racing after you?
LA: I would like to set an example of being a guy who works hard and ideally is a good driver, but I don’t think that’s up to me to decide. If you’re good at what you do and you work hard at it you’re in a good spot to do well. Right now I am in the gym.
CK: It never ends, does it?
LA: No it doesn’t.
CK: So I have been bragging to everyone about my first car. It was a four-door 1985 Dodge Omni that topped out at 82 miles an hour downhill with a tailwind. What was your first car?
LA: My first car, and I still have it, is a 1978 Datsun 280-Z.
CK: That’s the way to do it man. What made you decide to go with that?
LA: Mostly it’s what I was given.
CK: That always works too!
LA: I didn’t go out and actively seek it. It was presented to me. I was like this is a super sick car. It doesn’t work at the moment, there is something above my pay grade wrong with the engine but we are planning on getting the whole thing redone, kind of like a resto-mod and it should be super, super cool.
CK: Anything above popping the hood is above my pay grade. Again, you’re early in your racing career but what do you think would be your biggest contribution to Bill McAnally Racing as a driver?
LA: I’d like to say some experience, but I don’t think any of us are. We are all in our first year in ARCA. I feel like maybe a different perspective. Every driver comes from their own upbringing in racing. They start in go-karts or Legends and maybe do a series that not everyone does. They have mixed success but it all leads us to here. I have a lot of road course experience so I bring a different mind set than someone else would bring that hasn’t gone a lot of road courses. For someone who has done oval tracks a lot longer than me, they bring me some advice or experience I didn’t think of before. It’s not everyone learning from one person. It’s everyone learning from everybody.
CK: So it’s race day. We are about ready to rock and roll with the feature event. Is there anything that you absolutely have to do, any pre-race rituals you have to do before you go race?
LA: I always have to stretch and I always have to go to the bathroom before. Other than that, I like listening to music to hype me up a little bit. Mostly think about what I have to do. What needs to be done. Thinking about the start, what might happen. Try to think of as many things that could happen as possible and what I would do in those scenarios. If any of them become reality I would have some idea how to deal with it at the time. You don’t have a lot of time in the car to do any thinking so you want to get it all done before hand.
CK: You have to visualize what your race is going to look like, right?
CK: I have one more question then I will give you, the Holley Hollan question I kind of teased you about earlier, then I will ask you to give me a question for one of your teammates. My final question is, it’s two laps to go and you’re coming to the white flag. You’re in second place on the bumper of one of your teammates. How does that final lap play out?
LA: If I am on his bumper I am looking to the inside and I am going to the inside. Whether I have the room to get into the corner, that will need to be seen. If I am close enough to him to get to his bumper, I am getting on the brakes late and trying to make it happen. I feel like his spotter will be in his ear about it letting him know this guy is probably going to make a move. Hopefully there won’t be any contact but they say eight wheels turn better than four.
CK: I was just going to say that!
LA: You can’t say that it’s out of the question but I am going to try to avoid it if possible.
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CK: So the question that Holley Hollan had, and we teased it earlier, you do have the coolest name in stock car racing. Where does that name come from? Is it a family name? How did your parents come up with it because it is very, very cool.
LA: It’s my grandma’s maiden name, Lawless. It comes from that. It’s not as biker gang as people would like.
CK: But it’s old school stock car racing man. I remember reading the entry list for the Vegas race and thinking “that’s a name right there! I can’t wait to meet this guy!” So I don’t know which one of your teammates will be next, but if you could ask a question of one of your teammates what would you want to know?
LA: That’s tough because I’ve talked to them enough that I think I know everything I need to know.
CK: Let’s say we interview Gio next, would you want to know anything about his dad’s drag racing background.
LA: Yeah, I didn’t know his dad drag raced.
CK: Yeah man, he was a champion! Gary Scelzi, and if you ever shake his hand be prepared for it to be ripped out of the socket because he’s a bear. One of the coolest guys I have ever met.
LA: I think I have one. How does the drag racing upbringing change any one thing for all of racing? Is there one thing you know you think about it different because of drag racing?
. @lawlessalan25 behind the wheel of the No. 12 @AUTOPARKIT1 #ngkracing @ToyotaRacing – turning laps during #ARCAWest optional track practice at The Bullring at @LVMotorSpeedway pic.twitter.com/PtIYwuptYR
— Bill McAnally Racing (@BMR_NASCAR) February 20, 2020