Buddy Lazier

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Robert Buddy Lazier
Buddy Lazier 2008 Indy 500 Bump Day.jpg
Lazier at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2008.
Nationality American
Born (1967-10-31) October 31, 1967 (age 46)
Vail, Colorado
Related to Bob Lazier (father)
Jaques Lazier (brother)
IRL IndyCar Series
Years active 1996–2009
Teams Hemelgarn Racing
Sam Schmidt Motorsports
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Panther Racing
Starts 100
Wins 8
Poles 2
Best finish 1st in 2000
Previous series
1989–1995 PPG Indycar Series
Championship titles
2000 Indycar Champion
Awards
1996
2003
Indianapolis 500 Winner
Scott Brayton Trophy

Robert Buddy Lazier (born October 31, 1967 in Vail, Colorado) is an American Indycar driver. He won the 1996 Indianapolis 500 and has finished in the Top Ten in that race six times. Both his father Bob Lazier and brother Jaques Lazier are veterans of the Indy 500 as well.

Career[edit]

1989-2005[edit]

Lazier first appeared in the PPG Indycar Series beginning in 1989 driving for Gary Trout Motorsports and also participated in The Indy 500 as a rookie. In preparation for the founding of the Indy Racing League in 1996, he signed with Ron Hemelgarn's Hemelgarn Racing whom he drove in the Indianapolis 500 for in 1991.

Lazier driving at Laguna Seca Raceway in 1991

Lazier was one of the drivers in the first Indy Racing League (IRL) sanctioned race and won the 1996 Indianapolis 500, despite suffering a major back injury earlier in the season. Following the fame and money of the Indy win, a strong partnership between Lazier, Hemelgarn, and sponsor Delta Faucet formed. This partnership resulted in a model season for the team in 2000 with Lazier winning 2 races on his way to the IndyCar Series championship followed by a second place effort in 2001. Hemelgarn racing lost their sponsor following the 2003 season and Lazier only completed in the Indy 500 in 2004 for Hemelgarn and was signed to drive the 2005 Indy 500 for the Byrd Brothers and Panther Racing, placing fifth in the race, ahead of Panther's two regular drivers Tomáš Enge and Tomas Scheckter in a race that many believe may have resurrected his career.

In 2005, Lazier acquired a four–race deal with Panther Racing to drive the #95 Pennzoil/American Sentry Guard Dallara/Chevrolet. However, he received an extra race in Enge's #2 Rockstar Energy Drink Dallara/Chevrolet at Milwaukee on July 24. Enge was injured during a crash at the Nashville Superspeedway during the Firestone Indy 200 a week earlier. He logged four top-tens in the No. 95 and an 18th-place finish in Enge's No. 2 car. With Panther's contraction to a single car in 2006, Lazier was forced to search for another team, which he found in Robbie Buhl's Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

2006–2013[edit]

In 2006, Lazier raced in seven events for Dreyer & Reinbold with a best finish of 12th in the Indy 500. He was replaced by Aussie Ryan Briscoe for the Watkins Glen International race and Briscoe finished third. He was replaced again by Briscoe after the Kansas Speedway race on July 2, finishing a disappointing 15th after starting seventh. Lazier returned for the Michigan International Speedway race in August, but Sarah Fisher finished the season for the team in the two remaining races that Briscoe was not contracted for in the IndyCar Series.

Lazier did not have a contract as a regular driver for the 2007 IndyCar Series season. However, Lazier teamed up with Sam Schmidt Motorsports to race in the 2007 Indianapolis 500. Without a permanent ride, Lazier drove in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race with Billy Ballew Motorsports at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 22 of that year and finished 24th.

Lazier practicing for the 2008 Indianapolis 500

2008 began similar to 2007 without a full-time ride in any series. Lazier and Hemelgarn Racing reunited in a late effort to qualify for the 2008 Indianapolis 500. Lazier qualified on the third day of qualifying but was bumped from the field. He struggled to find speed early in Sunday's bump day session, but with less than half an hour remaining in the session the team completed major changes and made a qualifying attempt with no practice laps on the new setup. The attempt was not fast enough, so the team adjusted wing settings to remove drag from the car and went out for another attempt, again with no practice. This attempt was fast enough to bump Roger Yasukawa and put Lazier 32nd on the grid and earn them a $50,000 bonus for being the last driver to make a successful qualifying attempt. Coming off the success of the 2008 race, the team entered the same combination for the 2009 Indianapolis 500. However, against a stiffer field of entrants and with limited practice time, Lazier was unable to find enough speed to qualify and was one of three cars to miss the field. Lazier failing to qualify ended his streak of 14 consecutive Indy 500 starts, the longest among active drivers, dating back to 1995.

On May 8, 2013, it was announced that Lazier would attempt to qualify for the 2013 Indianapolis 500 after being away from the track since 2009.[1] On bump day, Lazier made it into the field, qualifying in the 32nd position.[2]

Motorsports career results[edit]

American open–wheel[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

PPG IndyCar World Series[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1989 Team Lazier PHX
LBH
INDY
Wth
MIL
DET
POR
CLE
MEA
TOR
MCH
POC
MDO
ROA
NAZ
LAG
DNQ
NC -
1990 Hemelgarn Racing PHX
LBH
INDY
DNQ
MIL
DET
DNQ
POR
13
CLE
24
MEA
TOR
DNS
DEN
DNQ
VAN
12
MDO
23
ROA
DNS
NAZ
14
LAG
30th 1
Arciero Racing MCH
26
1991 Dale Coyne Racing SRF
25
LBH
25
PHX
MIL
DNQ
DET
18
POR
CLE
11
MEA
TOR
22
MCH
DEN
9
VAN
ROA
24
NAZ
LAG
22
22nd 6
Hemelgarn Racing INDY
33
Walker Motorsport MDO
24
1992 Leader Card Racing SRF
16
PHX
14
LBH
12
INDY
14
DET
24
POR
25
MIL
17
NHA
TOR
15
MCH
7
CLE
23
ROA
13
VAN
10
MDO
22
NAZ
15
LAG
21
19th 10
1993 Leader Card Racing SRF
20
PHX
17
LBH
19
INDY
DNQ
MIL
15
DET
18
POR
CLE
21
TOR
MCH
21
NHA
DNQ
ROA
14
VAN
MDO
20
NAZ
26
LAG
DNQ
38th 0
1994 Leader Card Racing SRF
DNQ
PHX
13
LBH
29
INDY
DNQ
MIL
18
DET
17
POR
24
CLE
Wth
TOR
DNS
MCH
24
MDO
DNQ
NHA
DNS
VAN
27
ROA
NAZ
DNQ
LAG
36th 0
1995 Project Indy MIA
SRF
21
PHX
LBH
TOR
15
CLE
35th 0
Payton Coyne Racing NAZ
25
MIL
18
DET
POR
ROA
MCH
14
MDO
NHA
21
VAN
LAG
Team Menard INDY
27

IndyCar Series[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
1996 Hemelgarn Racing WDW
17
PHX
DNS
INDY
1
14th 159
1996-1997 Hemelgarn Racing NHA
19
LVS
24
WDW
5
PHX
21
INDY
4
TXS
17
PPIR
8
CLT
1
NHA
12
LVS
31
8th 209
1998 Hemelgarn Racing WDW
15
PHX
28
INDY
2
TXS
11
NHA
7
DOV
2
CLT
13
PPIR
7
ATL
17
TXS
6
LVS
3
5th 262
1999 Hemelgarn Racing WDW
10
PHX
18
CLT
C
INDY
7
TXS
14
PPIR
5
ATL
21
DOV
2
PPIR
4
LVS
11
TXS
10
6th 224
2000 Hemelgarn Racing WDW
2
PHX
1
LVS
22
INDY
2
TXS
7
PPIR
26
ATL
2
KTY
1
TXS
4
1st 290
2001 Hemelgarn Racing PHX
3
HMS
20
ATL
6
INDY
18
TXS
4
PPIR
1
RIR
1
KAN
5
NSH
1
KTY
1
STL
13
CHI
11
TXS
17
2nd 398
2002 Hemelgarn Racing HMS
22
PHX
7
FON
7
NAZ
23
INDY
15
TXS
8
PPIR
15
RIR
18
KAN
7
NSH
12
MCH
13
KTY
3
STL
15
CHI
3
TXS
7
8th 305
2003 Hemelgarn Racing HMS PHX
11
MOT
19
INDY
21
TXS
13
PPIR
10
RIR
20
KAN
13
NSH
14
MCH
12
STL
11
KTY
16
NAZ
13
CHI
16
FON TXS 19th 201
2004 Hemelgarn Racing HMS PHX MOT INDY
23
TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MCH KTY PPIR NAZ CHI FON TXS 30th 12
2005 Panther Racing HMS PHX STP MOT INDY
5
TXS RIR KAN NSH
9
MIL
18
MCH
6
KTY
6
PPIR SNM CHI
10
WGL FON 23rd 140
2006 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing HMS
14
STP
14
MOT
14
INDY
12
WGL TXS
19
RIR
16
KAN
15
NSH MIL MCH
15
KTY SNM CHI 18th 122
2007 Sam Schmidt Motorsports HMS STP MOT KAN INDY
19
MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO MCH KTY SNM DET CHI 28th 12
2008 Hemelgarn Racing HMS STP MOT LBH KAN INDY
17
MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO EDM KTY SNM DET CHI 37th 13
2009 Hemelgarn Racing STP LBH KAN INDY
DNQ
MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL TOR EDM KTY MDO SNM CHI MOT HMS NC -
2013 Lazier Partners Racing STP
ALA
LBH
SAO
INDY
31
DET1
DET2
TXS
MIL
IOW
POC
TOR1
TOR2
MDO
SNM
BAL
HOU1
HOU2
FON
38th 8
* Season still in progress


Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
13 4 100 2 8 10 27 1 (1996) 1 (2000)

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1989 March Cosworth Practice Crash Lazier
1990 Lola Cosworth Did Not Qualify Hemelgarn
1991 Lola Buick 23rd 33rd Hemelgarn
1992 Lola Buick 24th 14th Leader Cards
1993 Lola Buick Did Not Qualify Leader Cards
1994 Lola Ilmor Did Not Qualify Leader Cards
1995 Lola Menard-Buick 23rd 27th Menard
1996 Reynard Ford-Cosworth 5th 1st Hemelgarn
1997 Dallara Oldsmobile 10th 4th Hemelgarn
1998 Dallara Oldsmobile 11th 2nd Hemelgarn
1999 Dallara Oldsmobile 22nd 7th Hemelgarn
2000 Dallara Oldsmobile 16th 2nd Hemelgarn
2001 Dallara Oldsmobile 10th 18th Hemelgarn
2002 Dallara Chevrolet 20th 15th Hemelgarn
2003 Dallara Chevrolet 21st 21st Hemelgarn
2004 Dallara Chevrolet 28th 23rd Hemelgarn
2005 Dallara Chevrolet 9th 5th Panther
2006 Dallara Honda 25th 12th Dreyer & Reinbold
2007 Dallara Honda 22nd 19th Schmidt
2008 Dallara Honda 32nd 17th Hemelgarn
2009 Dallara Honda Did Not Qualify Hemelgarn
2013 Dallara Chevrolet 32nd 31st Lazier Partners Racing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lewandowski, Dave. Buddy Lazier To Return To Indianapolis, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 8 2013, Retrieved 2013-05-09
  2. ^ Tony DiZinno,[1]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jacques Villeneuve
Indianapolis 500 Winner
1996
Succeeded by
Arie Luyendyk
Preceded by
Greg Ray
Indy Racing Northern Lights Series Champion
2000
Succeeded by
Sam Hornish, Jr.
Awards
Preceded by
Arie Luyendyk
Scott Brayton Award
2003
Succeeded by
Helio Castroneves