Lazier Lands Indy Ride
May 19, 2004 | 4:25 A.M. EST
Lazier has competed in 83 IRL races since 1996, recording eight wins, 25 top five finishes and 50 top tens, including his 1996 win at Indianapolis. A native of Vail, Colorado, Lazier won the 2000 IRL championship, finished second in the 2001 championship race, and has an outstanding record at Indianapolis with two seconds, a fourth and a seventh place finish.
"We're extremely fortunate to add Buddy to our team," said Dennis Reinbold, DRR team co-owner. "He knows how to win this race, and with Felipe, we believe that we will be a factor on race day."
Familiar with the Chevrolet/Dallara package, Lazier has raced the combination for the past two seasons. The 500 will be his first race of the 2004 season in the IRL.
"I've always enjoyed my relationship with Robbie and Dennis, and I'm pleased to be working with Owen Snyder and all of the crew members for Dreyer and Reinbold," said Lazier. "This is a very very late arrangement, but I feel strongly that the information DRR has compiled through the first three months of the 2004 racing season will enable me to do my job most efficiently. I have zero interest in running this race in a non-competitive way. I'm here to run to the front and make the most of what I'm given. I really thank Dennis and Robbie for the opportunity to run with Dreyer & Reinbold."
Details of the car's sponsorship are nearing finalization, with the team anticipating taking to the track within the next 48 hours. The deal currently is structured as an Indy-only effort.
"Our focus is obviously on May 30th and doing everything that we can to win that race," said Robbie Buhl, co-owner of DRR. "It's great to have Buddy on board and working with our team to maximize our data and information. Having that second car with Buddy's experience definitely helps with the learning curve in terms of assessing conditions and set-ups for the cars."