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JACQUES LAZIER AND KEN PETRIE WINNERS
FT COLLINS, COLORADO - Ken Petrie drove to his second victory of the season in the opening race of the American IndyCar Series Miller Genuine Light Colorado IndyCar Grand Prix.
While battling for the lead early in the race, Greg Gorden and Jimmy Santos came together in turn four as Jaques Lazier and Ken Petrie pursued the leaders. Gorden suffered suspension damage in the incident and retired from the race. Lazier, attempting a pass on Santos, made contact and both cars were sidelined from the race as Petrie took the lead and came home with the victory.
Bill Tempero and Bob Lazier were engaged in their own battle for third when Tempero spun near the end of the race and came home fifth in front of his hometown crowd giving him the lead in the championship points by one point over Petrie. Bob, looking to move up, passed Shawn Schmidt on the inside of turn three with ten laps remaining for second place honors with Schmidt finishing third.
Hoping for a double win for the weekend, Petrie started from the pole for Sunday's race with Greg Gorden on the outside. Jaques Lazier and Shawn Schmidt filled row two with Bill Tempero and Bob Lazier ready to fight it out again from row three.
As the green flag dropped, a three-way battle developed between Petrie, Gorden and Lazier with Petrie assuming the lead. Gorden's pursuit was deterred by gearbox problems, and he pulled off the course. Petrie could find no breathing room as Lazier stayed with him as they worked their way through traffic. Midway through the race, Lazier made his move on Petrie and then stretched out his lead to take his first win the American IndyCar Series. Petrie finished second with Dale Buckley third on the podium.
"This car was hooked up today," said an ecstatic Lazier. "It was flying!" Petrie stated in a post- race interview, "Jaques worked the traffic beautifully today. We had a great race." With Saturday's win and Sunday's second, Petrie now leads the championship point standings over Tempero by seven points.
Petrie will defend his title at I-94 Speedway, Sauk Centre, Minnesota, on August 4 as the AIS drivers hit the oval..
OFFICIAL RACE RESULTS ROUND 4 - COLORADO INDYCAR GRAND PRIX FT COLLINS, CO - JULY 13, 1996
FP CAR # DRIVER TEAM
1 2 Ken Petrie, Parker, CO Precision Racing 2 33 Bob Lazier, Vail, CO Loophole Racing 3 5 Shawn Schmidt, Omaha, NE Red Shark Racing 4 88 Keith Betchley, Folsom, CA Betchley Motorsports 5 15 Bill Tempero, Ft. Collins, CO Bill Tempero Racing 6 3 John McDonald, Simi, CA McDonald Racing 7 21 Ed Eide, Troutdale, OR E.A.E. Racing 8 48 Dale Buckley, Commerce City, CO Buckley Racing Ent. 9 1 Jaques Lazier, Vail, CO Bill Tempero Racing 10 25 Jimmy Santos, San Mateo, CA Jimmy Santos Racing 11 34 Bret Decker, Salt Lake City, UT Vision/Decker Racing 12 37 Greg Gorden, Colorado Springs, C Gorden Motorsports 13 18 Dave Adamson, Salt Lake City, UT Streeter Racing 14 59 Frank Coombes, Aurora, CO Precision Racing 15 95 Arlon Koops, Elbert, CO Precision Racing 16 28 Joe Simmons, North Hills, CA S.V.S. Motorsports
AMERICAN INDYCAR SERIES 1996 POINT STANDINGS (After Round 4 - Colorado)
DRIVER POINT STANDINGS TEAM POINT STANDINGS
1 - Bill Tempero 69 1 - Bill Tempero Racing 106 2 - Ken Petrie 68 2 - Precision Racing 95 3 - Jimmy Santos 67 3 - Red Shark Racing 63 4 - Shawn Schmidt 63 4 - Jimmy Santos Racing 61 5 - Dave Adamson 57 5 - Streeter Racing 56 6 - John McDonald 53 6 - E.A.E. Racing 53 Ed Eide 53 McDonald Motorsports 53 8 - Greg Gorden 52 8 - Vision/Decker Racing 52 Bret Decker 52 Loophole Racing 52 10 - Jaques Lazier 47 10 - Betchley Motorsports 45 11 - Keith Betchley 45 11 - Gorden Motorsports 44 12 - Frank Coombes 24 12 - Black Shark Racing 22 13 - Curtis Spicer 22 Buckley Racing Ent. 22 Jim Bryant 22 14 - S.V.S. Racing 14 Dale Buckley 22 15 - Wells/Van Siclen 11 16 - Bob Lazier 19 17 - Joe Simmons 14 18 - Scott Knudsen 11 19 - Jeff Nish 8 20 - Jim Webb 7
ROOKIE POINT STANDINGS
1 - Dave Adamson 56 2 - Jaques Lazier 45 3 - Keith Betchley 45 4 - Jim Webb 7
Jon Payne AIS Freelance Writer