IRL: Lazier getting comfortable at Daytona

David Reininger - Motorsport.com Winner of the 1996 Indianapolis 500 and defending Indy Racing Northern Light Series champion, Buddy Lazier, will share the driving in the No. 74 Judd-powered Riley and Scott which Jack Baldwin placed on the...

David Reininger - Motorsport.com

Winner of the 1996 Indianapolis 500 and defending Indy Racing Northern Light Series champion, Buddy Lazier, will share the driving in the No. 74 Judd-powered Riley and Scott which Jack Baldwin placed on the outside of the front row in today's qualifying.

"I'd like to win this race," said Lazier. "This is a team that is capable of winning. My priority is 100 percent trying to defend my (Northern Light Series) championship. We were testing in Miami this last week and we're testing at Phoenix on Monday."

"This is a nice way for me to fill in and get a driving slot on a team that's capable of winning. George (Robinson), the owner of the team and co-driver, has a house in the same town where I live, Vail, Colorado, so it's kind of like a hometown connection. It's a pleasure for me, I'm doing this for fun."

Competing in the IROC series this season means Lazier will run two races at Daytona this month. Despite the chance to log miles on the high banks of Daytona, Lazier sees little in common between the IROC car and the endurance racer.

"We do run turns two, three and four in the endurance race so it helps me to see the track. But these cars handle so much differently and it's such a different strategy than the IROC," said Lazier, "but it can't hurt."

"It's always nice to feel comfortable in your surroundings. Just getting comfortable in Daytona, believe it or not, is a big help."

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Series Grand-Am , IndyCar
Drivers Buddy Lazier , Jack Baldwin