IRL: Richmond: Hemelgarn Racing preview

Lazier heads to Richmond Richmond, VA -- Hemelgarn Racing returns to IRL IndyCar Series competition at the annual SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway, scheduled to take place Saturday night, June 28. It's the seventh of 16...

Lazier heads to Richmond

Richmond, VA -- Hemelgarn Racing returns to IRL IndyCar Series competition at the annual SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway, scheduled to take place Saturday night, June 28. It's the seventh of 16 events this season and the second of three night races on the schedule.

Lazier, the 2000 IRL IndyCar Series champion, has faired well at the .75-mile "bull-ring" oval, becoming the inaugural race winner in 2001. He was on his way to another strong finish last season when he was sidelined after a fiery inferno engulfed his race car during a pit stop.

"I've enjoyed a lot of success there, winning the inaugural event. Of course, we're looking forward to this year's race. As a team, we've been steadily building momentum, improving our finishes and points-standing position. We look forward to a strong finish at Richmond.

Richmond is perhaps the most challenging oval on the IRL IndyCar Series circuit, being the only track less than one mile.

"The IndyCar Series cars maintain such a blistering pace for such a short track. The speed of the cars, combined with the tight and short track of Richmond at night, is truly a unique event for the competitors and fans alike."

The SunTrust Indy Challenge starts at 8 pm (EDT) Saturday, June 28. MBNA Pole Qualifying starts at 5:30 pm Friday, June 27. IndyCar Series practice sessions start at noon, 3 pm and 9 pm June 27.

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