IRL: Indy 500: Hemelgarn, Schmidt teams file entries

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, March 28, 2002 - Hemelgarn Racing filed two entries March 28 for the 86th Indianapolis 500, including one for 1996 winner Buddy Lazier, and Sam Schmidt Motorsports also filed a single entry for the Greatest Spectacle in ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, March 28, 2002 - Hemelgarn Racing filed two entries March 28 for the 86th Indianapolis 500, including one for 1996 winner Buddy Lazier, and Sam Schmidt Motorsports also filed a single entry for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

2000 Indy Racing League champion Lazier will drive the No. 91 Coors Light/Life Fitness/Tae Bo/Delta Faucet Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, with an identical backup entered.

Lazier, from Vail, Colo., will attempt to make his 10th Indianapolis 500 start. He has compiled one of the most successful records of any driver at Indy in recent years.

Starting with his victory in 1996, Lazier has finished in the top seven in five of his last six Indianapolis 500 starts. The only exception was last year, when he finished 18th.

Hemelgarn also entered the No. 92 Hemelgarn Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, with an identical backup also entered. The driver will be announced later.

Dennis LaCava is the chief mechanic and Lee Kunzman the team manager for both Hemelgarn entries.

Rookie Anthony Lazzaro was named as the driver for the No. 99 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Racing Special Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone entered by Sam Schmidt Motorsports. An identical backup also was entered.

Phil McRobert is the chief mechanic, and Skip Faul is the team manager.

Lazzaro, from Acworth, Ga., first must complete the Rookie Orientation Program on April 11-13 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before participating in the Indianapolis 500 activities during May.

Entry invitations for the 86th Indianapolis 500 were mailed Feb. 22, and entries must be postmarked by April 3. All drivers will compete for one of the 33 starting spots in the world's most prestigious auto race May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buddy Lazier , Anthony Lazzaro , Sam Schmidt