Lazier replaces Meira at Menard

IRL IndyCar Series veteran Jaques Lazier has been drafted in to replace the injured Vitor Meira at Team Menard for this weekend's race at Nazareth Speedway

Lazier replaces Meira at Menard

Lazier is well known to the team, having driven for it in the final three races of 2001 and the first four races of 2002 before being sidelined by a fractured back in a crash, ironically at Nazareth. The American returned to Menard at the start of this season, but split with the team after the Indianapolis 500. He has driven for Foyt Racing in four other races this season.

"I want to wish Vitor a quick recovery," said Lazier. "I've very excited about going into this weekend. I think that the overall programme from Team Menard and Chevrolet has dramatically increased since the last time I ran with them in the Indianapolis 500.

"Obviously the Chevy Gen IV engine is at the top of the game right now. I think we know we have a really good package, and we need to go in there and do what we have unfortunately struggled to do this year, have consistent races and be able to finish at the end of the race."

Brazilian Meira fractured his wrist in a crash during practice for the last round of the championship at Kentucky Speedway. He recently underwent surgery in Indianapolis.

Meanwhile, Tom Wood has also had surgery to repair fractures in his back following his heavy crash in the Infiniti Pro Series race at Kentucky last weekend. Surgeon Dr Kevin Scheid has upgraded Wood's condition to fair. The driver is shortly to have surgery on his injured left ankle.

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