Anthony Lazzaro to Drive the ...
Anthony Lazzaro to Drive the #44 Car in St. Louis
Henderson, NV - After passing his refresher test last Friday, it was decided yesterday that Anthony Lazzaro would drive a second entry for Sam Schmidt Motorsports in the upcoming Gateway International Indy 250. Sam Schmidt explained how the effort has come together, "We have been trying to put together a deal to get Anthony in a car all year. When we acquired the equipment from Dick Simon, a G-Force became available. Then, the crew for Rick Treadway at Treadway/Hubbard Racing that has considerably experience with G-Forces was also available. The time was right and given Anthony's experience at St. Louis in Atlantics, we were able to make it happen."
The car will run as the #44 Parsons' Project so named for the car's other owner, Ray Parsons. Parsons is a businessman from Bellevue, Ohio and like Sam is suffering from a spinal cord injury and is a quadriplegic.
The car number, 44 is in honor of 44K (Fuel Injection System Cleaner), a leading product for long time sponsor of both Sam and Anthony, BG Products. Based in Wichita, Kansas, BG Products has been involved with both gentlemen since 1995. "We are just extremely thrilled to have Anthony and Sam back together again. They are a winning combination together both on and off the track," exclaimed Sherry Huxtable, spokesperson for BG Products.
Schmidt commented further, "Anthony and I were teammates in the 1995 Hooter's Series. We know each other extremely well and I've always felt that Anthony was the right fit for the Indy Racing League. Starting him in St. Louis makes perfect sense. Where most people want rookies to begin on easier tracks like Texas, Anthony thrives on ovals that require a great deal of driver talent. Gateway International Raceway has already been great for Anthony with two poles and a win while running in Atlantics. I think he'll be exciting to watch!"
"This has been a long time coming!" commented Lazzaro. "I really have to thank Sam for stepping up and all the guys at Treadway/Hubbard Racing. I am looking forward to making my IRL debut at St. Louis. It's a great track that pays a premium for getting the car to handle well in race conditions and after the test, I feel really good about getting a solid finish on the board."