Buddy Lazier to Fill In For Injured Tomas Enge at Milwaukee INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Former Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier will fill-in for injured Tomas Enge at the Milwaukee Mile this weekend in the No. 2 RockStar Energy Drink Chevrolet.
Buddy Lazier to Fill In For Injured Tomas Enge at Milwaukee
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Former Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier will fill-in for injured Tomas Enge at the Milwaukee Mile this weekend in the No. 2 RockStar Energy Drink Chevrolet. Lazier, who is racing part-time for Panther this season, will return to the historic one-mile oval for this weekend's ABC Supply Company A.J. Foyt 225.
"My number one concern is for the health of my teammate Tomas Enge," Lazier said. "I don't like that I will be competing in this race because he is injured, but I'm thankful again to Panther Racing, RockStar Energy Drink and Chevrolet for giving me another great opportunity. We'll do our best this weekend in Milwaukee."
Enge suffered minor compression fractures to his T-12 and L-1 vertebra during a crash at Nashville Superspeedway this past weekend. A piece of the rear suspension broke on Lap 28 of the 200-lap event, which sent Enge's RockStar Chevy backwards into the Turn One wall. He was initially examined in the infield care center and later transported by ground to University Medical Center in Lebanon, Tenn., where the injuries were discovered.
"We're fortunate to have a driver as talented and experienced as Buddy Lazier to fill in for Tomas this weekend," Panther co-owner John Barnes said. "But at the same time we're looking forward to having Enge back as soon as possible. Tomas is a fighter, and he's done a great job for us this season and we're looking forward to having him back in a race car as soon as the doctors say it's OK."
Lazier finished 5th in the Indianapolis 500 this year for Panther, and 9th last weekend at Nashville. In addition to the Milwaukee event this coming Sunday, Buddy has been confirmed for upcoming races at Michigan International Speedway (July 31st), Kentucky Speedway (Aug. 14th) and Chicagoland Speedway (Sept. 11th) in the No. 95 Pennzoil Chevy.
Tomas Scheckter will be making his second Indy Racing League start this weekend at Milwaukee. Last season he qualified 8th and was running strong until a gearbox problem forced the Pennzoil Panther team into a 21st finish. Townsend Bell finished 6th last year at Milwaukee in Panther's No. 2 Chevrolet.
"I think we're going to be strong again this weekend," Scheckter said. "We had some misfortune last week in Nashville, but all three of us were running strong at some point during the race. We're all thinking about Tomas (Enge) right now and hoping he gets back into the car as soon as possible. I've enjoyed working with Buddy this season and I think it's going to be another productive weekend for both of us."