Jaques Lazier is set to get a late shot at making it into the Indianapolis 500 field after an abrupt parting of ways between A.J. Foyt IV and his grandfather A.J. Foyt's team.
The younger Foyt had returned to the Foyt Racing squad for a one-off Indy run, but despite being competitive in practice earlier this week, neither Foyt nor teammate Vitor Meira were quick enough to make the field on Pole Day. Although Foyt participated in this morning's practice session, the IndyCar Series has now announced that Lazier will take his place in the No. 41 car for this afternoon's Bump Day period.
Veteran Lazier has not raced in IndyCar since contesting several oval rounds for the 3G team last year. He had initially been lined up to run at Indy in a third Foyt Racing entry had a funding package come together.
Foyt previously drove for his family team when he won the Indy Lights title in 2002, and then full-time in IndyCar from 2003 to 2005. He later returned to the squad for last year's Indianapolis 500 and then a one-off at Texas in the gap between Paul Tracy deciding not to replace the injured Meira and Ryan Hunter-Reay being recruited for the balance of the season.