1996 winner B. Lazier lands Indy 500 ride with Dreyer & Reinbold INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 19, 2004 -- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will field a second entry in the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500 for 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy...
1996 winner B. Lazier lands Indy 500 ride with Dreyer & Reinbold
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 19, 2004 -- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will field a second entry in the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500 for 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier, team officials announced May 19.
Lazier, the 2000 IRL IndyCar® Series champion, will drive the No. 23 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, joining 2001 Bombardier Rookie of the Year Felipe Giaffone in the team co-owned by Dennis Reinbold and Robbie Buhl.
"I've always enjoyed my relationship with Robbie (Buhl) and Dennis (Reinbold), and I'm pleased to be working with Owen Snyder and all of the crew members for Dreyer and Reinbold," Lazier said. "This is a very, very late arrangement, but I feel strongly that the information DRR has compiled through the first three months of the 2004 racing season will enable me to do my job most efficiently.
"I have zero interest in running this race in a non-competitive way. I'm here to run to the front and make the most of what I'm given. I really thank Dennis and Robbie for the opportunity to run with Dreyer & Reinbold."
Lazier has competed in 83 IRL races since 1996, recording eight wins, 25 top-five finishes and 50 top-10 finishes, including his 1996 victory at Indianapolis. A native of Vail, Colorado, Lazier won the 2000 IRL championship, finished second in the 2001 championship race and has an outstanding record at Indianapolis with two second places, a fourth place and a seventh place. Lazier has not started an IndyCar Series event this season.
"We're extremely fortunate to add Buddy to our team," said Dennis Reinbold, DRR team co-owner. "He knows how to win this race, and with Felipe, we believe that we will be a factor on Race Day."
Details of the car's sponsorship package will be released soon. The team anticipates Lazier taking the track for practice before Bump Day on May 23. The deal currently is structured as an Indy-only effort.
"Our focus is obviously on May 30 and doing everything that we can to win that race," Buhl said. "It's great to have Buddy onboard and working with our team to maximize our data and information. Having that second car with Buddy's experience definitely helps with the learning curve in terms of assessing conditions and setups for the cars."
Tickets: Tickets are available for the 2004 Indianapolis 500 on May 30. For information, log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, or call the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY or (317) 492-6700.