Lazier Laments Bizarre Crash

Buddy Lazier reckoned that his bizarre pitlane crash denied him a strong finish during yesterday's Milwaukee IRL race

Lazier was running eighth when most of the field decided to pit under yellow flag conditions on lap 129.

After exiting his pit box, Ed Carpenter swerved into the former champion trying to avoid Vitor Meira. The impact broke Lazier's front suspension and he was left stranded in the middle of the pitlane.

Lazier said: "Our car was awesome by the time the accident happened. I'm not sure what happened, there was a car that just pulled over into me in the pits. I don't know if Ed Carpenter was pulling over to move out of Vitor Meira's way or what, but I had absolutely nowhere to go.

"It was physical out there, and it took me a while this weekend to get used to the short ovals again, but I just knew we were going to have a good finish today."

Lazier was replacing the injured Tomas Enge in the Number 2 Panther entry in the race, but the team is expected to name a new replacement for this weekend's Michigan race.

Lazier's original deal with Panther Racing included running a third car for the team at Michigan, and the team have confirmed that if Enge does not recover from his Nashville injuries in time then a new replacement for his car will be found. 

American Townsend Bell has been linked with the drive.

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