Lazier off to fourth Indy 500
INDIANAPOLIS – Jaques Lazier of Vail qualified Saturday for his fourth Indianapolis 500. His speed of 221.228 miles per hour in the Playa del Racing Panoz/Toyota gives him a 27th starting position for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500. Lazier was the third driver to take the green flag, but his run was waved off after his car wobbled on the first lap. He returned to the track 54 minutes later and completed the 10-mile run. “I am very pleased with my 221.2 speed,” Lazier said. “I wanted to do a 222 flat, but after the car jumped out pretty big on the first attempt, we went with a more conservative set-up. I had to make two corrections to the wheel to keep the car off the wall the first time.” Of his second qualification run, Lazier added, “I had a little bit of a moment in Turn 1, and I wasn’t able to keep up with the car and had to back off. That action hurt us and affected our overall speed.” Buddy Lazier of Vail, who will be in the ninth starting position, ran 42 practice laps with a top speed of 224.575 mph. “We accomplished a lot of race set-up information today,” he said. “Every day is like a new lesson with our shocks, springs and the ride height of the car. Now all we have to do is put everything we have learned into the race car, to make it a very fast car.”Buddy Lazier complimented his brother on his successful qualification run. “I think Jaques did a good job, and he had a good solid run,” he said. Ten cars qualified today and 22 cars qualified Sunday, leaving one spot open in the 33-car starting field. Rookie Arie Luyendyk, Jr. is expected to attempt a qualification run tomorrow to fill out the field. The fastest qualifiers were 1999 Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack of Rahal Letterman Racing at 227.598 mph, followed by Ryan Briscoe of Target Chip Ganassi Racing at 224.080, and Patrick Carpentier of Red Bull Cheever Racing at 222.803. Sunday is Bump Day and Carburetion Day is Friday, May 27 and the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500 will air live on ABC Sports on Sunday, May 29 at 11 a.m.Vail, Colorado
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