IRL: Schmidt, Panther make 500 entries official

SCHMIDT, PANTHER MAKE IT OFFICIAL FOR HEARN, B. LAZIER INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, March 29, 2005 -- Sam Schmidt Motorsports filed an entry for the 89th Indianapolis 500 for driver Richie Hearn, while Panther Racing officially named 1996 winner Buddy...

SCHMIDT, PANTHER MAKE IT OFFICIAL FOR HEARN, B. LAZIER

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, March 29, 2005 -- Sam Schmidt Motorsports filed an entry for the 89th Indianapolis 500 for driver Richie Hearn, while Panther Racing officially named 1996 winner Buddy Lazier as the driver of one of its three entries.

Both moves were announced earlier this month and officially filed March 29.

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

Hearn, from Henderson, Nev., will drive the No. 70 Meijer/Coca-Cola Racing Special Panoz/Chevrolet/Firestone, with an identical backup car entered. Chris Griffis is the chief mechanic, and Michael Crawford is the team manager.

Lazier, from Vail, Colo., will drive the No. 95 Panther Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone that was entered along with an identical backup Feb. 28 with the other two Panther entries, driven by Tomas Scheckter and Tomas Enge.

Hearn will attempt to make his sixth Indianapolis 500 start, while Lazier will seek his 13th start in the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

Both drivers enjoyed their greatest Indianapolis success in the 1996 race. Lazier won with a stirring late pass of Davy Jones, while Hearn finished third.

2000 IndyCar® Series champion Lazier has been one of the most successful drivers at Indianapolis in the last decade, with five consecutive top-seven finishes from 1996-2000.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Tomas Enge , Buddy Lazier , Richie Hearn , Sam Schmidt , Davy Jones
Teams Panther Racing