IRL: Firestone Kentucky race report

Buddy Lazier collected a record-setting fourth Indy Racing League victory today, outracing numerous strong contenders along the way. Lazier becomes the first four-time winner in an IRL season and also notched his eighth career triumph, another ...

Buddy Lazier collected a record-setting fourth Indy Racing League victory today, outracing numerous strong contenders along the way. Lazier becomes the first four-time winner in an IRL season and also notched his eighth career triumph, another series standard. All eight of Lazier's wins have come on Firestone tires, including his first, the 1996 Indianapolis 500.

Lazier paved the way to his second consecutive win at Kentucky Speedway by passing Robbie Buhl seven laps from the finish. He held off Scott Sharp by 1.5822 seconds after Buhl ran out of fuel with a lap to go.

"It was a great race," said Al Speyer, Motorsports Director at Bridgestone/Firestone. "Congratulations to Buddy Lazier and the entire Hemelgarn Racing team. They're clearly on top of their game at this point in the season. But there are so many competitive cars in the IRL and it's become commonplace to expect wheel-to-wheel, side-by-side racing at 200-plus miles per hour. We continue to be pleased that so many drivers and teams relate to us that the consistency and control that the Firestone Firehawk racing tires give them contribute greatly to this ultra-competitive environment. Robbie Buhl had a big disappointment in the end as he was challenging for the lead and ran out of fuel, but he once again clearly demonstrated that the Infiniti engine is in a tight competition with the Aurora. Our congratulations to everyone who makes this such a great racing league and it looks like we'll have to wait until Texas to see who will be the 2001 champion. We're very happy to be a part of it all."

Driver/Owner Quotes Buddy Lazier, Hemelgarn Racing Dallara/Olds/Firestone: "We love this place. We feel like we own it. I raced hard today with Scott Sharp, I raced hard with Robbie Buhl. We were waiting for the end. We wanted to make the car right for the end. It was tough. I made it hard on Robbie and he made it hard on me, but I was able to get back by him. The Firestone tires were absolutely perfect. Anytime you win a race you feel like everything is great, but the tires were perfect. I mean, I could go wherever I needed to today."

Ron Hemelgarn, Hemelgarn Racing owner: "A fantastic day! We had good tire wear all day, Buddy did a fantastic job, the crew did great pit stops, what can you say. Thanks, Firestone!"

Race session temperature ranges: 87-89 degrees ambient 133-140 degrees track.

-FR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robbie Buhl , Buddy Lazier , Scott Sharp