IRL: Indy 500: Lazier/Gordon race report

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jaques Lazier -- in relief of Robby Gordon -- retired from the 88th Indianapolis 500 with a broken right halfshaft after exiting the pits after 88 laps. The Meijer/Coca-Cola Dallara-Chevrolet started by Gordon earlier Sunday was...

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jaques Lazier -- in relief of Robby Gordon -- retired from the 88th Indianapolis 500 with a broken right halfshaft after exiting the pits after 88 laps. The Meijer/Coca-Cola Dallara-Chevrolet started by Gordon earlier Sunday was credited with 29th place.

After a red flag for rain, Gordon left the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte. When the Indy 500 restarted, Lazier replaced Gordon, the first in-race relief driver at Indy since 1977, when Larry Cannon replaced John Mahler. Under IRL rules, Lazier's Meijer car was required to drop to the end of the lead lap, so he restarted in 31st position. Lazier got as high as 23d until he pitted with an electrical problem. After repairs, Lazier continued until the broken halfshaft ended his day.

Jaques Lazier quotes:

How difficult was it to replace Gordon after the Indy 500 had started in a car you had not driven? "That's pretty tough. Of all the difficult things I've done in my career, that's right there. The Meijer car was great, however. I think you can go out and drive a good car like this at about 95 percent, but it's that last five percent that takes work. I was starting to learn the car and understand what it liked and didn't like. I lost a lot of places one time when someone got inside me going into turn one at the last moment and I had to back-out of it (throttle). That really cost us.

"I have to thank Meijer, Coca-Cola, Grill2Go and especially Robby Gordon for giving me this chance. I had a lot of fun and I'm standing here (in the garage) smiling. I feel bad for the guys, because they've worked so hard this month, but it was a great experience for me. Thanks, Robby."

-rgm-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Jaques Lazier