Anthony Lazzaro (racing driver)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Anthony Lazzaro (race car driver))
Jump to: navigation, search
Lazzaro (left) at Road America in 2014

Anthony Lazzaro (Born August 26, 1963, Charleston, South Carolina) is a NASCAR and sports car driver. He is usually classified as a NASCAR road course ringer, however he has made other starts in the NEXTEL Cup. He also has open-wheel oval racing experience.

Lazzaro started in karting, winning numerous World Karting Association championships between 1987 and 1992.

Lazzaro came-up through the open-wheel ranks, first racing in the Olds Pro Series in 1993, winning at Road Atlanta, Watkins Glen, Dallas and again at Road Atlanta. He won the pole at Mid Ohio and a podium finish of third with other podium finishes at the Moroso National S2000 and at Trois Rivieres. He was also the Hooter Formula Cup Champion in 1995, winning 6 of the 14 races and 9 poles.

As a rookie in 1996, in the Toyota Atlantic Series, he won the race at the Milwaukee Mile. He won races in 1997 (Homestead-Miami Speedway) and 1998 (Road America, Laguna Seca Raceway, Houston). His rise culminated in a Toyota Atlantic championship in 1999. That year he won 4 races (Nazareth, Gateway International Raceway, Trois-Rivieres, Laguna Seca Raceway).

Lazzaro first began racing stock cars in the ARCA in 1999. At the ARCA event at the Talladega Superspeedway that year, Anthony was injured in a multi-car wreck late in the race after he made contact with Bil Baird and spun down to the grass, before his Thunderbird lifted off the ground and slammed the Turn 3 banking before being t-boned by Skip Smith. Lazzaro suffered a compression fracture of the thoracic T3 vertebra in the crash that eliminated half a dozen cars.

In 2000, Lazzaro raced ten Busch Series races for PPI Motorsports. He was planned to move up to Cup with the #96 McDonald's team. However, after a lack of results, he was released, and replaced by Andy Houston.

Besides the stint in the Busch Series, Lazzaro has raced mainly road course races, giving him the label of a road course ringer.

He also made 6 starts in the Indy Racing League in 2001 and 2002 for Sam Schmidt Motorsports with a best finish of 9th.

In addition, Lazzaro has had success in sports car racing. He won the GT3 class in the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1999, co-driving a Porsche 911. In 2002 he finished thrird in the SPII class after winning seven races. In 2003 he was fifth at the GT class of the American Le Mans Series, collecting six podiums with a Risi Ferrari 360. He took a GT win in the 2004 race at Lime Rock Park with Ralf Kelleners and ended seventh in the GT class. He made his debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003, also racing a Ferrari.

In 2013, Lazzaro got three podiums in the LMP2 class of the ALMS with Extreme Speed Motorsports. He also competed in the Rolex Sports Car Series driving a GT class Ferrari 458. With four podiums, he ended fourth in the drivers championship. He switched to the SCCA World Challenge for 2014, where he races a Ferrari 458.

Racing record[edit]

American Open Wheel[edit]

(key)

IndyCar[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Rank Points
2001 Schmidt United States
PHX
United States
HMS
United States
ATL
United States
INDY
United States
TXS
United States
PPIR
United States
RIR
United States
KAN
United States
NSH
United States
KTY
United States
STL
18
United States
CHI
United States
TX2
13
38th 29
2002 Schmidt United States
HMS
9
United States
PHX
17
United States
FON
United States
NZR
9
United States
INDY
DNQ
United States
TXS
United States
PPIR
22
United States
RIR
United States
KAN
United States
NSH
United States
MIS
United States
KTY
United States
STL
DNS
United States
CHI
United States
TX2
30th 70

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2003 United States Risi Competizione Germany Ralf Kelleners
United States Terry Borcheller
Ferrari 360 Modena GT GT 269 26th 8th

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lee Bentham
Toyota Atlantic Champion
1999
Succeeded by
Buddy Rice