Lazier qualifies ninth
Daily Staff Report INDIANAPOLIS – Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Buddy Lazier of Vail qualified ninth fastest at 226.533 mph for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500.His brother, Jaques Lazier, also of Vail, qualified and was bumped from the starting field.Jaques Lazier’s speed was the 23rd fastest time, but only the fastest 22 cars were eligible to gain starting spots Sunday. Qualifying continues this coming Saturday and Sunday to fill the 33-car field for the 500 on May 29. “We took a calculated risk, as we knew we were going to be on the bubble (for race qualification),” Jaques Lazier said. “Every single car out there has an advantage on us; we have only run 53 laps. Qualifying isn’t really that significant for us, as we know we will qualify next weekend.” He drives the Playa del Racing Panoz/Toyota. Andretti Green Racing’s Tony Kanaan won the pole with a speed of 227.566 mph in his Team 7-Eleven Dallara Honda. Joining him on the front row will be Sam Hornish Jr. with a speed of 227.27 mph in the Marlboro Team Penske Dallara Toyota and Scott Sharp with a speed of 227.12 mph in the Delphi Fernandez Racing Panoz Honda. Practice continues Wednesday through Friday, with the second round of qualifications Saturday and Sunday. 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.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.