Donny Lia ( born November 8, 1980 in Jericho, Long Iceland, New York) is an American race car driver. He currently drives a Chevrolet Silverado with the start number 71 for The Racer 's Group in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. In 2007 he won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Before Donny Lia racer was, he stretched himself with other players worldwide for racing games on the computer. He himself says that the computer games fostered his interest in motor sports, also it has improved his reflexes and his hand -eye coordination.
1999 Lia began with the so-called Legends car racing, a motor sport that is played with replicas of the American road vehicles from the 1930s and 1940s. He drove his first race at the Wall Township Speedway in Wall (New Jersey). He won several races on the site, including the prestigious "Turkey Derby ". He successfully started in 2000 Legend cars in the entire eastern United States to drive.
At the Riverhead Raceway in Riverhead, New York, he went in 2001 his first NASCAR Modified division race. In the same season he won the title of "Rookie of the Year" award for the best young rider. His first experience in the Whelen Modified Tour, he also collected in 2001. In the 2002 season he gained a place as a full-time driver for the upcoming season of the NASCAR Modified Tour.
In the former NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series in 2003, he placed in the top 10 and won the next "Rookie of the Year" title. In 2004, he garnered five pole positions - and thus also the " Bud Pole Award" - more than any other driver. He also took part in the Race of Champions Modified Tour and won the second North - South Shootout in Concord. In the Whelen Modified Tour season 2005 he won two races and finished the championship as a sixth.
2006 Lia drove his first stock car race in the ARCA series, which took place at the Nashville Superspeedway. In the same season he won a race in the Modified Tour and started twice from the pole position. Three other events that were not sanctioned by NASCAR, he also won.
In the 2007 season he won six Modified race at Martinsville, Stafford (two), Thompson, New Hampshire and Riverhead. In the penultimate race of the season, he secured the championship. On 15 September 2007 he drove in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for the first time. Controlled he had a Toyota Tundra with the number 36 for Bill Davis Racing. Towards the end of 2007, he drove the number 59 for HT Motorsports. Due to a favorable sponsors situation he drove the 2008 season in the Chevrolet Silverado with the number 71 for The Racer 's Group. Due to less driving experience Lia was not allowed to start in Daytona and so ran his first race of the season at Fontana. His first top-10 result he drove a with ninth place at the Martinsville Speedway. With the Ohio 250 he won his first race on May 24, 2008. Thus he was the first driver by Carl Edwards in 2003, who won a race in the Craftsman Truck Series as a rookie.