Racecar Driver Credits Vegan Diet for His Success

Andy Lally talks about going vegan for the animals and for strength with GQ.


A recent feature in men’s magazine Gentlemen’s Quarterly (GQ) profiled vegan racecar driver Andrew “Andy” Lally. The professional driver—and winner of five 24-hour races at Daytona, NASCAR’s Rookie of the Year, and three-time Grand Am champion—said that racing is a difficult sport that requires stamina, strength, and optimal nutrition. Lally revealed that he was vegetarian for six years before going vegan in 2010 for ethical reasons. “I respect all life and if I have the option to stay just as healthy and just as strong, if not stronger, by not torturing or enslaving or causing pain for other living things,” Lally said, “I’m for it.” Lally relies on whole foods-based veggie burgers for protein and explains that going vegan is easier than ever thanks to apps, trackers, and companies making healthy vegan food. Lally will race as part of the Rolex 24 in Daytona on January 28. Fellow vegan racecar driver Leilani Münter will be debuting the first-ever vegan-themed racecar on the historic Daytona International Speedway this February.