Lazier Partners Racing, owned by former IndyCar driver Bob Lazier, filed an entry Wednesday for the Indianapolis 500, with 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier – Bob's son – as the driver. The entry adds a fourth winner of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" to the potential starting field, as Lazier joins three-time winners Dario Franchitti and Helio Castroneves and 2008 winner Scott Dixon.
Lazier Partners' entry was the 34th for this year's race, which will assure competition for the 33 starting spots during Pole Day qualifying Saturday, May 18 and Old National Armed Forces Bump Day qualifying Sunday, May 19.
Lazier, from Vail, Colo., will drive the No. 91 Lazier Partners Dallara-Chevrolet, which is the same chassis raced last year at Indy by Jean Alesi under the Fan Force United banner with a Lotus engine. No back-up car was entered.
2000 IZOD IndyCar Series champion Lazier last raced in the "500" in 2008, qualifying 32nd and finishing 17th in a Hemelgarn Johnson Racing entry. He failed to qualify in 2009.
Lazier, 45, becomes the senior driver in this year's field in age and experience. He has made 16 previous starts at Indianapolis, with five top-five finishes. Lazier produced five consecutive top-seven finishes from 1996-2000, including the victory in 1996 and runner-up finishes in 1998 and 2000.
"I have so many miles around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that I feel comfortable with the racetrack," Lazier said. "I haven't driven this new rules package (twin-turbocharged V6 Chevrolet engine and DW12 chassis) but I was around with turbocharged engines before the Indy Racing League was formed. I'm looking forward to it.
"I know the car will be fast. I just don't know how much track time we'll get before qualifying."
The team has been in discussion with other IndyCar squads about the possibility of a technical alliance, and has signed longtime Hemelgarn chief mechanic Dennis Lacava as crew chief.