IRL: Homestead: Team Menard qualifying report

Team Menard qualifies 18th at Homestead. HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 1, 2003) - Although Jaques Lazier will start 18th for the IRL IndyCar Series series opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he was still smiling when he got out of the car after MBNA...

Team Menard qualifies 18th at Homestead.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 1, 2003) - Although Jaques Lazier will start 18th for the IRL IndyCar Series series opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he was still smiling when he got out of the car after MBNA Pole Qualifying. He is happy to be driving the Menards/Johns Manville Dallara/Chevy/Firestone after a long rehabilitation from a broken back last April.

"I feel better than ever," Lazier said. "I really feel good right now. There is no problem at all with my back. I am excited about that and I am just ready for race day."

Lazier, who qualified with a 27.6834 second, 195.063 mph lap, is confident in Team Menard's ability to put together a strong race car for Sunday.

"It's been a long battle to get here. Just to be here is the culmination of a lot of work. We are not real happy with our qualifying run. We ran a lot quicker this morning. We had a huge push this morning and made some changes trying to get the car better but we went to far. I went out there and every single lap I was chasing my tail all the way around the track. It's all a big learning experience for tomorrow. That's the one that matters."

The Toyota Indy 300 starts at 1 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, March 2 and will be televised live on ABC.

One of the founding teams of the IRL IndyCar Series, Team Menard has two championships, 10 wins and an all-time record of 24 pole positions to its credit. Owned by John Menard, the Indianapolis-based team is supported by Menards, Johns Mansville, Chevrolet, Menard Engine Group, Dallara, Firestone and Menard Cheever Technologies. For more information visit www.teammenard.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jaques Lazier