IRL: Schmidt Motorsports announces new driver

Jaques Lazier to Drive for Sam Schmidt Motorsports Lebanon, IN ­ Sam Schmidt Motorsports announced today that Indy Racing League driver Jaques Lazier would drive the ...

Jaques Lazier to Drive for Sam Schmidt Motorsports

Lebanon, IN ­ Sam Schmidt Motorsports announced today that Indy Racing League driver Jaques Lazier would drive the #99 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Racing Special at the upcoming event in Richmond.

Lazier acknowledged, "I am enormously excited about the opportunity. The team has demonstrated with the assistance of Davey (Hamilton) and Richie (Hearn) that with the exception of some bad luck, they have what it takes to run up front. I already know several of the guys on the team and I'm looking forward to renewing those relationships and building news ones in a pursuit of giving Sam his first top five finish and ultimately the win!"

Sam Schmidt, owner of the team noted, "The team was excited about a top-ten finish at Pikes Peak and I want to thank Richie for his fantastic efforts at the race. He did everything we asked of him and is certainly a talent in the seat. It has always been my position that I want the most experience available, given the budget limitations for our team this season. That being said, I am very pleased to have Jaques join us for Richmond. He is one of the rising stars of the Indy Racing League and with the right opportunity, I think everyone in the garage area agrees that it's just a matter of time before he follows in his brother's footsteps and wins races."

The younger brother of 2000 Northern Light Series Champion Buddy Lazier, Jaques has 18 Career Indy Racing Starts. He has led five races for a total of 46 laps, eight top-10 finishes, 3, 069 laps of competition and winnings of over $1 million dollars. Having only participated in 3 out of the 6 races this season, Jaques is currently 24th in the points standings.

-SSM-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buddy Lazier , Jaques Lazier  , Sam Schmidt