IRL: Schmidt Motorsports Richmond pre-race "Pit Report"

Greetings from Richmond, A great deal has been happening, so let's get right to it! First, I spoke with Davey late last week, and he is doing as well as can be expected. He is thankful that it's not worse. He is appreciative of everything...

Greetings from Richmond,

A great deal has been happening, so let's get right to it!

First, I spoke with Davey late last week, and he is doing as well as can be expected. He is thankful that it's not worse. He is appreciative of everything that everyone has done, written and sent. It's overwhelming but greatly needed, because he is also fearful of the long road ahead - what his feet will feel like, look like, and be able to do. He is just now eating solid food and the walls are closing in. He's looking forward to getting out for lunch. It will still be a while before he's social again, but maybe not too much longer before he can get settled into an apartment and begin to feel the positives of the healing process. Sam will visit Davey today on his way to Richmond. If anyone can point out the positives and provide a lot of "can do" feeling, it's Sam.

Secondly, we are making a driver change for the Richmond race. Before I answer the who (a pause for those that just scrolled down), Sam and everyone on the team wants to commend Richie Hearn for a job well done in Pikes Peak. Richie did everything that was asked of him. When the car began to overheat in the last fifty laps, he kept it in clean air and kept it going for a top-ten finish. However, as even Richie points out, he is not ready to mix it up with the other drivers in tight spots just yet. He doesn't know them or their driving styles and with only six races left, we need as much experience in the seat as we can get. That being said....

We are really excited that Jaques Lazier will be our driver for the balance of the 2001 season.

Jaques is certainly one of the rising talents of the Indy Racing League, and everyone in the garage area agrees that with a solid car and some consistency with a team, it will not be long before he is winning races like big brother Buddy, winner of The Indy 500 in 1996 and last year's league Champion.

A few fast facts about Jaques: He is American, born in Vail, Colorado. He was named after his mother's middle name Jaquelyne. He is married to actress Angelique Lazier, who studied at the Royal Shakespeare Academy in London and played the part of Michelle on "Saved by the Bell". His father Bob, a veteran of the 1981 Indianapolis 500, is responsible for his first interest in racing which began at age five on BMX Bikes. By the age of nine he was racing motorcross. He's a tremendous athlete with affection for hockey, soccer, and lacrosse and a 1995 graduate of Chapman University with a BA in business and communications. A gentleman with a lead foot, everyone at Sam Schmidt Motorsports is pleased to have Jaques and his family join us for what promises to be a turning of the tides for the #99 Hot Rod.

We are looking forward to having a gang of happy folks from BG Products (Tonda Enterprises) join us trackside this weekend.

- See you in the garages, LeeAnne

-SSM-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series IndyCar
Drivers Jaques Lazier  , Richie Hearn , Sam Schmidt