IRL: Homestead: Team Menard race report

Homestead race ends early for Team Menard. HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 2, 2003) - It was a short day for Team Menard at the IRL IndyCar Series season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway with Jaques Lazier out of the race on lap 89 of the 200-lap ...

Homestead race ends early for Team Menard.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 2, 2003) - It was a short day for Team Menard at the IRL IndyCar Series season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway with Jaques Lazier out of the race on lap 89 of the 200-lap race.

Starting 18th, Lazier struggled with a loose car that eventually got the best of him in traffic.

"The car was really loose," Lazier said. "Someone drove under me. It was a good, clean pass but with the way my car was it twitched one time. I caught it but by that time I was in the marbles. I was waiting for the car to turn, but it wouldn't turn. I just barely hit the wall. I feel really bad for the Menards/Johns Manville team. We have been working hard all weekend. We'll be ready for Phoenix. We have some work to do, but we'll be ready."

Lazier walked away from the low-impact accident. It was a disappointing finish to the event that marked his return to the cockpit after a long recovery from a broken back suffered in an accident at Nazareth last April.

The team visits the Phoenix International Raceway next for the Purex Indy 200 on March 23. The event will be televised live at 3:30 (EST) 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