FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Sept. 11, 2000) - The Indy Racing Northern Light Series season championship will be decided at Texas Motor Speedway at the Excite 500 on Sunday, Oct. 15. Buddy Lazier comes into the race with a 38-point lead over Scott...
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Sept. 11, 2000) - The Indy Racing Northern Light Series season championship will be decided at Texas Motor Speedway at the Excite 500 on Sunday, Oct. 15. Buddy Lazier comes into the race with a 38-point lead over Scott Goodyear after winning the Indy Racing event at Kentucky Speedway on August 26. Lazier is testing his #91 Delta Faucet/Coors Light/Tae-Bo/Hemelgarn Racing car today at the speedway in preparation for the race next month.
"We are going to try to win here in Texas," Lazier said. "I have not finished on the podium in previous races here. That fact, added with the battle for the season championship, presents some pressure for our team, but we are looking forward to it."
Lazier has two wins this season on the Indy Racing circuit - at Kentucky last month and in Phoenix in March. The native of Vail, Colo., finished sixth in the points chase last season and would like nothing more than to put an exclamation point on the 2000 season with a good showing in the Excite 500 and a season championship.
"Texas Motor Speedway is an awesome facility," Lazier said. "We were one of the first teams to ever test here. It is one of the most challenging high-banked ovals we race on. It produces two and three-wide racing, which is very hair-raising for the drivers."
Lazier, the 1996 Indy 500 winner, started on the pole in the June race in Texas before finishing seventh. He needs to finish 13th or better on Oct. 15 at the Excite 500 to claim his first Indy Racing season title.
"Winning the Indy 500 validated my career to my family and friends," Lazier said, "but winning a championship would be a much different feeling for me."
The Excite 500 on Sunday, Oct. 15, caps a weekend of racing at Texas Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series O'Reilly 400 is Friday, Oct. 13, and two nights of Pennzoil World of Outlaws sprint car racing will be featured in the O'Reilly Texas Showdown on Thursday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 14. Qualifying for the truck and Indy car races are featured on The Dallas Morning News Pole Days on Thursday, Oct. 12 (truck) and Saturday, Oct. 14 (Indy Racing).
Tickets for the Oct. 12-15 race weekend are available by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket hotline at (817) 215-8500 or logging on to www.texasmotorspeedway.com.