Lazier back on the track
Vail driver readies for Indy 500Special to the Daily
Vail CO ColoradoINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Buddy Lazier, the 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner, made his 2007 Indy Racing League debut as unrestricted practice for this year’s Indy 500 got under way Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Lazier, of Vail, completed 55 laps in Sam Schmidt Motorsports’ No. 99 Dallara/Honda, with a top speed of 218.808 mph.”It was a day to get it sorted out,” Lazier said. “We were working on a certain level of downforce, ride height, springs, shocks and the communication between the driver and the engineer. We were not out there chasing speed; we were looking for certain responses.”
Lazier’s younger brother, Jaques, also Vail native, completed refresher laps during the Rookie Orientation Program on Sunday and Monday but is not scheduled to be back on the track until May 16 unless his team, Playa Del Racing, can find additional sponsorship and extend its engine lease with Honda to the full month.Target Chip Ganassi’s Dan Wheldon topped the speed charts Tuesday with a fast lap of 225.074 mph. Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves was second, posting a quick lap of 224.996 mph and Vision Racing’s Tomas Scheckter was third at 224.783.Practice continues through Friday. Pole Day qualifying is Saturday and the second round of qualifications on Sunday. Final time trials are May 19 and May 20. The 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 will air live on ABC Sports on Sunday, May 27 at 11:00 a.m.