IRL: Jaques Lazier released from hospital

ORLANDO, Fla., Monday, Jan. 31, 2000 - Northern Light Indy Racing League driver Jaques Lazier was released Monday morning from Orlando Regional Medical Center after suffering a lower-back fracture Jan. 29 during the Delphi Indy 200 at Walt...

ORLANDO, Fla., Monday, Jan. 31, 2000 - Northern Light Indy Racing League driver Jaques Lazier was released Monday morning from Orlando Regional Medical Center after suffering a lower-back fracture Jan. 29 during the Delphi Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Speedway, said Dr. Henry Bock, league director of medical services. Lazier suffered an L1 compression fracture and was fitted with a brace, Bock said. "I am feeling much better and look forward to returning as soon as they release me to drive," Lazier said. "It will be a few weeks, but I have faith that I will be back in the car soon. I would also like to thank the IRL Safety Crew for doing a great job getting me out of the car." Lazier was injured when his Motorsportscity.com/Exodus Communications G Force/Aurora/Firestone and another car made contact, causing Lazier's car to hit the outside retaining wall on Lap 111 of the 200-lap event won by Robbie Buhl. "Jaques, and the team have worked very hard to be at the season opener, but mainly we are very grateful Jaques is going to be OK," team owner Joe Truscelli said. "It was unfortunate that we were bumped from behind, but that happens sometimes in racing. "We also would like to thank Exodus for there support this race. They are a great company with great people to work with. Jaques and the team are very excited to be working with Exodus, and we are also looking forward to working for the next five years with the Indy Racing League's new series sponsor, Northern Light."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robbie Buhl , Jaques Lazier