Lazier Partners Racing

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Lazier Partners Racing
Motor racing team
Founded 2013
Country US
Team Principal(s) Bob Lazier[1][2]
Corbet Krause
Chris Nielsen
Jason Peters
Current series IndyCar Series
Drivers 91. Buddy Lazier (Indy 500)
Teams' titles

Lazier Partners Racing is an American racing team in the IndyCar Series. The team is owned by former driver Bob Lazier, father of Buddy Lazier and Jaques Lazier, along with Corbet Krause, Chris Nielsen, Jason Peters, and others.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

Initial plans to race began in February 2012 during a ski trip in Vail, Colorado, but the team could not find a car for the 2012 Indianapolis 500.[2][4] Lazier Partners Racing was formed as a late entry for the 2013 Indianapolis 500.[4] The Dallara DW12 car was a Lotus test chassis bought from Fan Force United for $250,000, who raced in the 2012 Indianapolis 500 with Jean Alesi.[2][5][6] The chassis required updates at the Dallara factory in Indianapolis and engines were leased from Chevrolet.[3][7] Dennis Lacava was hired as the crew chief along with former crew members from Hemelgarn Racing.[6] To make the race, the team spent an estimated half million dollars.[2] Advance Auto Parts and Peak Motor Oil sponsored the team.[1] To honor victims of the 2013 Moore tornado, the car was re-named "Spirit of Oklahoma."[8] The team ran the least practices laps, qualified 32nd, and finished 31st after running only 44 laps due to a mechanical issue.[9]

Planning for 2014 was delayed due to the Lazier family's concentration on its Tivoli Lodge business.[10][11] The team returned for the 2014 Indianapolis 500 supporting the University of Iowa Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research.[9] Support for the institute was given as Buddy Lazier's daughter Jacqueline suffers from Aniridia.[12] Team support is being provided by Phillips Energy Partners and Herman Miller, with associate sponsorship from Briggs & Stratton.[9][13] Buddy Lazier will drive in the next five Indianapolis 500's due to a new sponsorship agreement.[4] David Cripps, ex-Panther Racing engineer, was hired as the lead engineer.[11][13] The team had trouble finding engineers and mechanics due to a shortage in IndyCar.[10][11] U.S. Olympians Abe Morlu and Dallas Robinson were members of the pit crew, serving as the right-rear tire changer and refueler.[14] The team ran roughly 77 practices laps, qualified 33rd, and finished 32nd after running 87 laps due to a mechanical (clutch) issue.[7][15][16]

Racing results[edit]

Complete IndyCar results[edit]

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Drivers no. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
2013 Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP ALA LBH SAO INDY DET DET TXS MIL IOW POC TOR TOR MDO SNM BAL HOU HOU FON
United States Buddy Lazier 91 31
2014 Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP LBH ALA IMS INDY DET DET TXS HOU HOU POC IOW TOR TOR MDO MIL SNM FON
United States Buddy Lazier 91 32

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Buddy Lazier's Indy 500 effort gets boost from Peak Motor Oil and Advance Auto Parts". Autoweek. May 23, 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Chatelain, Dirk (May 18, 2013). "Omahan revved up about ownership stake in Indy 500 car". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Tuttle, Tim (May 19, 2013). "Buddy Lazier gives the Indy 500 another shot". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Wyrick, Randy. "Vail native Buddy Lazier aims for his 18th Indianapolis 500". April 24, 2014. Summit Daily. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Glendenning, Mark (May 9, 2013). "Buddy Lazier to enter own car for Indianapolis 500". Autosport. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  6. ^ a b DiZinno, Tony (May 17, 2013). "Buddy Lazier gets reacclimated to Speedway after four-year hiatus". NBC Sports. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Wyrick, Randy (May 25, 2014). "Vail’s Lazier returns to an all-too familiar Indy". Post Independent. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Lazier's Indy 500 entry honors OK tornado victims". Associated Press. May 26, 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c "1996 winner Buddy Lazier to enter 2014 Indianapolis 500". Autoweek. April 10, 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  10. ^ a b DiZinno, Tony (May 13, 2014). "1996 Indy 500 champ Buddy Lazier motivated as ever despite generational shift". NBC Sports. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c Wyrick, Randy (May 23, 2014). "Vail native Buddy Lazier is running his 18th Indianapolis 500". Vail Daily. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Cavin, Curt (April 10, 2014). "Former Indy 500 champ Buddy Lazier gets another ride". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Estrada, Chris (May 6, 2014). "Indy 500: ‘Little Al’ in as driver coach for KV; Cripps added as Lazier’s lead engineer". NBC Sports. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  14. ^ DiZinno, Tony (May 20, 2014). "Two Olympic bobsled members will crew Buddy Lazier’s car in Indy 500". NBC Sports. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  15. ^ Cavin, Curt (May 25, 2014). "2014 Indy 500 race results, comments". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  16. ^ Blau, Aaron (May 25, 2014). "Wynning the race against blindness - Exposure for Wynn Institute soars at Indy 500, thanks to positive approach by Buddy Lazier". Iowa Now. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 

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