Schrader will drive for injured Lasoski in finale

Ken Schrader will drive for injured Danny Lasoski in True Value IROC finale at Indy. Indianapolis, IN (July 29, 2002) - Long-time friend, Ken Schrader will substitute drive for the injured Danny Lasoski in the final round of the 2002 True Value...

Ken Schrader will drive for injured Danny Lasoski in True Value IROC finale at Indy.

Indianapolis, IN (July 29, 2002) - Long-time friend, Ken Schrader will substitute drive for the injured Danny Lasoski in the final round of the 2002 True Value IROC Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saturday, Aug. 3.

Lasoski, the 2001 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Champion, was injured on Friday night during hot-laps in Mechanicsburg, PA. He was released today from a local hospital after being held for observation due to suffering a concussion and bruises to the lung, heart, shoulder and ankle.

Before his NASCAR Winston Cup career, Schrader won numerous races and championships in various open wheel series' including USAC Sprint Car divisions. A fellow native of Missouri, Schrader said, "I've known Danny a very, very, long time. Before he (Lasoski) started driving, he would come out and help us when I was racing Sprint Cars."

"I'm very grateful and honored to have this opportunity to drive for him (Lasoski) in IROC at Indy. I'm just sorry it has to be under these circumstances. I was so happy for him when I heard he got the IROC invitation for this year and I know how bad he wants to be in that car himself on Saturday."

Lasoski said, "I don't know what hurts more, my body, or the fact that I have to miss this final race at the Brickyard. But, when the reality of how banged up I am began to sink in I knew somebody else was going to have to do it for me, and the one guy I really wanted to see do it was Kenny Schrader. We've been such great friends for so long, knowing that Kenny is going to run the race for me takes a little of the edge off of not being able to do it myself."

Schrader will accumulate final points for place Lasoski, whose car, with Schrader at the wheel, will start from the pole position. The final race starting positions are determined by inverting the point standings. Schrader said, "The IROC races are a lot of fun and I want to do a good job for Danny."

"I ran in the series a few years ago and just need to finish up better in the Winston Cup car so I can get back in it for myself."

The Race-Four finale of the 2002 True Value IROC Series will be broadcast on ABC Sports, Sunday, Aug. 11 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

-www.irocracing.com

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Series IROC
Drivers Ken Schrader , Danny Lasoski