Lazier Looking For IRNLS Title At Texas

If Buddy Lazier wants to add an Indy Racing Northern Light Series title to his resume he will need a good showing, if not a victory, in the season finale at Texas Motor Speedway on Oct. 15.

To get a jump-start on his competition, he is testing his No 91 Hemelgarn Racing car today. Lazier, winner of the 1996 Indianapolis 500, holds a 38-point lead over Scott Goodyear.

"We are going to try to win here in Texas," Lazier said. "I have not finished on the podium in previous races here. That fact, added with the battle for the season championship, presents some pressure for our team, but we are looking forward to it."

Lazier has two wins this season on the Indy Racing circuit -- at Kentucky last month and in Phoenix in March. The native of Vail, Colo., finished sixth in the points chase last season and would like nothing more than to put an exclamation point on the 2000 season with the championship.

"Winning the Indy 500 validated my career to my family and friends," Lazier said, "but winning a championship would be a much different feeling for me”

He needs to finish 13th or better at the Excite 500 to claim his first Indy Racing Northern Light League season title.

"Texas Motor Speedway is an awesome facility," Lazier said. "We were one of the first teams to ever test here. It is one of the most challenging high-banked ovals we race on. It produces two and three-wide racing, which is very hair-raising for the drivers."

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