Indy Racing League News and Notes -- Aug. 23, 2004 Today's IRL headlines 1. Lazier, Patrick Racing Post Top Finish 2. Post-Race Rewards For Hornish, Franchitti 3. Dallara Clinches Share Of Manufacturer's Title 4. Pit Stops 1. Lazier, Patrick...
Indy Racing League News and Notes -- Aug. 23, 2004
Today's IRL headlines
1. Lazier, Patrick Racing Post Top Finish
2. Post-Race Rewards For Hornish, Franchitti
3. Dallara Clinches Share Of Manufacturer's Title
4. Pit Stops
1. Lazier, Patrick Racing Post Top Finish: Jaques Lazier didn't win the Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway on Aug. 22, but an eighth-place finish was satisfying nonetheless.
It was the best finish in five IRL IndyCar® Series races for Lazier, who started 14th in the No. 20 Patrick Racing
Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone. Lazier took over the seat from Jeff Simmons beginning at the race on July 17 at Nashville Superspeedway. The car had been driven by Al Unser Jr., who retired in June.
"Eighth for this team at this stage of the game is like a victory," Lazier said. "It was an eventful day. I think we might have had something at the end, but it's so competitive out there that it's difficult to gain positions."
Lazier was able to capitalize on an out-of-sequence pit stop to finish on the lead lap.
"We're getting stronger and stronger," he said. "We've got the chassis now where it's working well and we're able to utilize all of the Chevy power. We're going to keep moving forward."
Lazier relishes the next race at Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway, the final short-track race of the season for the IndyCar Series.
"I'm definitely looking forward to going to Nazareth," Lazier said. "We had a good car here today, and that tells us that we had a good mechanical setup. Nazareth is all about mechanical grip so we'll try to continue this momentum."
2. Post-race Rewards For Franchitti, Hornish: Sam Hornish Jr. earned the $10,000 Firestone Performance Award for leading lap 99 of the Honda Indy 225 on Aug. 22 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
The award commemorates Firestone participation in every IndyCar Series event since the league's inception in 1996. Sunday's race was the 99th race in league history.
Race winner Dario Franchitti earned the $7,500 Marlboro Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps in the Honda Indy 225.
Both Hornish and Franchitti will be honored during pre-race festivities the Firestone Indy 225 on Aug. 29 at Nazareth Speedway.
3. Dallara Clinches Share Of Manufacturer's Title: With Dario Franchitti's win in the Honda Indy 225, Dallara Automobili has clinched a share of the 2004 chassis manufacturer's title. Dallara leads Panoz G Force 108-96, and can win its seventh outright chassis manufacturers crown with a win at the Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway.
4. Pit Stops: Tony Kanaan led 30 laps at Pikes Peak to give him 813 laps led this season, breaking the record of 812 set by Tony Stewart in the 1996-1997 season. Kanaan also finished fifth, his 11th consecutive top-five finish, extending his own record for consecutive top-five finishes. It was also his 12th consecutive top-10 finish, tying Sam Hornish Jr.'s record for consecutive top-10 finishes.
-- Hornish became the first IndyCar Series driver to lead more than 2,000 laps in a career by leading 67 laps at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
-- IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter will attend the Butler University "Block Party" from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 24. Caprenter, the driver of the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone and 2003 Butler graduate, will sign autographs and help kick off the school year for Butler University students. The Red Bull Cheever Racing showcar will also be on-site for students to get a close-up look at a real IndyCar Series car.
The 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season continues with the Firestone Indy 225 at 2 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 29 at Nazareth Speedway. The race, the 100th IndyCar Series event, will be broadcast live on ABC and the IMS Radio Network. The next Menards Infiniti Pro Series event is the Chicagoland 100 at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 at Chicagoland Speedway. The race will be broadcast by ESPN2 at 3 p.m. (EDT) on Sept. 16.