Lazier Joins Panther for Indy 500

Former Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier has confirmed he will drive the third entry for Panther Racing in this year's event, as he bids to repeat his success in the 1996 race

Lazier Joins Panther for Indy 500

Lazier will drive Panther's Dallara-Chevrolet alongside Tomas Sheckter and Tomas Enge for the May 29 race - and there is a possibility he could stay with the team for further outings later in the year.

"The Indy Racing League is really growing and there are a lot of opportunities for race car drivers," said Lazier, who finished 23rd overall at Indy last year in a Hemelgarn Racing entry. "There were some opportunities that landed all at once, but I felt like this was the best fit for me right now. I will give everything I have, and I know they'll give me everything I need."

Lazier's victory in the 1996 event came just three months after he suffered serious back and pelvis injuries in a testing crash at Phoenix. He has a total of five top-ten finishes in 12 starts at Indy - including the runner-up spot in 1998 and 2000.

"To win it after 2000 would be wonderful," said Lazier, who is due to drive the car for the first time at a tyre test in April. "After you get a win at Indianapolis, all you can think about is winning it again. Now that I'm going back to Indy with the resources of the Byrd Brothers/Panther team, Chevy power, and two great team-mates, I believe that I can make it back to Victory Lane at the 500 this year."

 

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