NOTES & QUOTES: HONDA INDY 225 A.J. Foyt IV: Conseco No. 14 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone Jaques Lazier: No. 5 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone Infiniti Pro Series Pikes Peak 100 Ed Carpenter: No. 14 Futaba Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone A.J. Foyt IV...
NOTES & QUOTES: HONDA INDY 225
A.J. Foyt IV: Conseco No. 14 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone
Jaques Lazier: No. 5 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone
Infiniti Pro Series Pikes Peak 100
Ed Carpenter: No. 14 Futaba Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone
A.J. Foyt IV will make his first start at Pikes Peak International Raceway in the No. 14 Conseco Dallara/Infiniti this weekend. The 19-year-old rookie's first time on the track will be in practice because he didn't get a chance to test at PPIR. His grandfather's team won the race in 1998 with Kenny Brack driving. Following that victory the two-car team has had two top-10 starts (6th and 9th in 2000) and four top-10 finishes (7th and 10th in 1999, 6th in 2000 and 9th in 2002).
Jaques Lazier will make his second start in the No. 5 Dallara/Toyota at his hometown track this weekend. The Colorado native who currently lives in Alta Loma, Calif. subbed for injured Airton Dare at Texas last weekend. Lazier had started last (no qualifying time) and worked his way up to 11th before fuel pressure problems forced his early exit. He was credited with 19th place. In four previous starts at PPIR, Lazier has two top-10 finishes with his best finish of 9th coming in 2000. He last competed at the track in 2001 when he started 12th and finished 17th.
Airton Dare moved from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis to a nearby rehabilitation center Wednesday following surgery on his right hand to repair minor fractures earlier this week. His right foot was not operated on. "They said what showed up on the initial x-rays turned out to be an old injury," Dare said. "Since it wasn't bothering me, they decided to leave it alone. I was happy to hear that." Last Sunday Dare had been transported to Indy from Dallas Parkland Memorial Hospital where he'd had surgery on his right upper arm and right thigh. Dare was injured in a crash when the right front suspension failed in practice at Texas Motor Speedway June 5th. Dare is expected to make a full recovery which could take up to 3 months.
Ed Carpenter, coming off his Freedom 100 victory at Indianapolis, is making his first start at PPIR in the Infiniti Pro Series. Carpenter's first career victory vaulted him to fifth in the Pro Series standings. The 22-year-old is no stranger to PPIR having raced there since 1999. Carpenter finished third in a USAC Midget race in 2000 behind winner Ryan Newman and runner-up Michael Lewis. The last two years there, Carpenter competed in USAC Silver Crown Series.