IRL: Playa Del Racing signs Jaques Lazier for Indy 500

PLAYA DEL RACING ENTERS INDIANAPOLIS 500; J. LAZIER TO DRIVE INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 6, 2005 -- Playa Del Racing, Inc., announced April 6 it has filed an entry for the 89th Indianapolis 500, with IndyCar® Series race winner Jaques Lazier...

PLAYA DEL RACING ENTERS INDIANAPOLIS 500; J. LAZIER TO DRIVE

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 6, 2005 -- Playa Del Racing, Inc., announced April 6 it has filed an entry for the 89th Indianapolis 500, with IndyCar® Series race winner Jaques Lazier as the driver.

The 89th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Entries must have been postmarked by midnight Wednesday, April 6.

Lazier, from Alta Loma, Calif., will drive the team's No. 21 Panoz/Toyota/Firestone entry. Lazier will attempt to drive in the Indianapolis 500 for the fifth time. His best finish is 13th as a rookie in 2000. Lazier drove in relief for Robby Gordon in the 2004 Indianapolis 500 after Gordon had to leave the race during a rain delay for NASCAR commitments at Charlotte, N.C.

Lazier, 34, younger brother of 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier, won the IndyCar Series race from the MBNA Pole in 2001 at Chicagoland Speedway. He also has extensive experience in Indy Lights, the American IndyCar Series and SCCA competition.

Playa Del Racing, which loosely translates to "Beach Racing" in Spanish, was founded in 2001 in the beach community of Playa Del Rey, Calif. Gary Sallee, Susan Schafer, Jeff Brougher and Jon Herb are the owners of the team.

Sallee, a licensed, practicing attorney who lives in Indianapolis, returns to the Indianapolis 500 after enjoying previous success at the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing." He was a co-founder of Team Cheever, and Jeff Ward earned JPMorgan Chase Bank Rookie of the Year honors in 1997 after finishing third at Indy for the team.

In 1997, Sallee also co-founded IndyCar Series team ISM Racing. Steve Knapp finished third for ISM at Indy, earning Rookie of the Year honors.

Schafer, from Playa Del Rey, Calif., owns Race Performance Marketing, a sponsorship company for teams in the Indy Racing League and NASCAR. She first came to Indianapolis in 1996 when she coordinated the team efforts for driver Racin Gardner.

Brougher is an Indianapolis-based entrepreneur who is the chief executive officer of the National Association of International Travelers, which specializes in identify theft insurance.

Herb, from Chicago, is a championship contender this season in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series. He won in March at Phoenix. Herb also started the 2001 Indianapolis 500.

Herb is the director of residential services of Aercon Industries, based in Orlando, Fla.

Among members of Playa Del Racing's board of directors is Nelson Stewart of Avon, Ind., the father of 1998 IndyCar Series and 2002 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion Tony Stewart.

The team's Web site is www.playadelracing.com.

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Indy 500 tickets: To purchase tickets, camping or parking for the 89th Indianapolis 500, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY or log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Robby Gordon , Jon Herb , Buddy Lazier , Jeff Ward , Jaques Lazier  , Steve Knapp