SABCO tabs Lazzaro for The Glen By Marty Smith MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 21, 2000) As the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division heads to the meandering road course of Watkins Glen International, the No. 82 Channellock Chevrolet team...
SABCO tabs Lazzaro for The Glen
By Marty Smith
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 21, 2000) As the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division heads to the meandering road course of Watkins Glen International, the No. 82 Channellock Chevrolet team continues to meander through the 2000 season. Anthony Lazzaro has been summoned to drive the Team SABCO entry for this weekend's Lysol 200 at the 2.45-mile road course.
He is the fifth driver to drive the car this season. Dave Steele began the season in the No. 82 Chevrolet, but chose to leave after struggling to qualify. At Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCAR Winston Cup Series veteran Sterling Marlin took the wheel and drove to Victory Lane. Next was journeyman Glenn Allen, who lasted just five races. Over the past two weeks, Jason White has driven the car. Now it's Lazzaro's turn.
Lazzaro, a NASCAR Busch Series rookie, started the season with Cal Wells and PPI Racing, but was recently relieved of his duties in the No. 97 McDonald's Ford after failing to finish better than 25th in eight races, and failing to qualify for four.
To his credit, Lazzaro holds multiple wins and championships in karting, sports car and open-wheel competition, and thus may be a good addition for the WGI road course this weekend. In addition, he has two consecutive Hooter's Cup Formula Ford 2000 championships and the 1999 championship title in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship to his credit.
The Charleston, S.C.-native has three career starts at Watkins Glen. He competed in two Oldsmobile Pro Series races in 1993 finishing third and first. In 1994, he finished sixth in the Watkins Glen Six-Hour Race while driving in the International Motorsports Association (IMSA) Series.
"From what I've seen, Team SABCO has put together a solid team with great equipment," Lazzaro said. "I'm real comfortable on the road course and have won at the Glen (1993). Our goal is to qualify well and if we can stay out of trouble, hopefully we'll end up with a good finish for Channellock."