IRL: Team Menard files Indy 500 entries

Team Menard files Indy entries for Jaques Lazier and Robby Gordon INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, April 4, 2002 - Two-time Indy Racing League champion Team Menard filed two entries for the 86th Indianapolis 500, fielding cars for IRL standout Jaques ...

Team Menard files Indy entries for Jaques Lazier and Robby Gordon

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, April 4, 2002 - Two-time Indy Racing League champion Team Menard filed two entries for the 86th Indianapolis 500, fielding cars for IRL standout Jaques Lazier and NASCAR Winston Cup star Robby Gordon.

Team Coulson Racing also filed an entry for 1996 Indianapolis 500 runner-up Davy Jones.

Entries for the 86th Indianapolis 500 must have been postmarked by April 3. Additional entries are expected to arrive at the Indy Racing League office in the next few days.

All drivers will compete for one of the 33 starting spots in the world's most prestigious auto race May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Lazier, from Vail, Colo., will drive the No. 2 Menards-Johns Manville Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, with an identical backup entered. He will attempt to make his third career Indianapolis 500 start. His best finish was 13th in 2000.

David Milby is the chief mechanic, and Louis "Butch" Meyer III - grandson of three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Louis Meyer - is the team manager.

Gordon, from Orange, Calif., will drive the No. 31 Menards-Childress-Cingular Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, with an identical backup entered. He will attempt to make his eighth career Indy start. His best finish was fourth in 1999, when he led with less than two laps remaining before running out of fuel.

Dave Forbes is the chief mechanic, with Arlen Fadley as the team manager.

This will be the third time that Gordon will attempt to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Winston Cup event at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., on the same day. Weather delays prevented Gordon from achieving the true "daily double" in his two prior attempts in 1997 and 2000.

Jones, from Houston, will drive the No. 40 G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone, with an identical backup entered. Jones will attempt to make his sixth Indy start.

The car name and chief mechanic will be announced later. Corey Coulson is the team owner and manager.

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Series IndyCar , NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robby Gordon , Jaques Lazier  , Davy Jones