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Buddy Lazier

Buddy Lazier
Lazier at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2008 for the 2008 Indianapolis 500.
Nationality American
Born (1967-10-31) October 31, 1967
Vail, Colorado, United States
Champ Car career
54 races run over 7 years
Years active 19891995
Team(s) Lazier Racing (1989)
Gary Trout Motorsports (1989)
Hemelgarn Racing (1990–1991, 1994)
Arciero Racing (1990)
Dale Coyne Racing (1991)
Todd Walther Racing (1991)
Hemelgarn Coyne Racing (1991)
Walker Racing (1991)
Leader Card Racing (1992–1994)
Dick Simon Racing (1994)
Project Indy (1995)
Payton/Coyne Racing (1995)
Team Menard (1995)
Best finish 19th – 1992
First race 1990 Budweiser/G.I.Joe's 200 (Portland)
Last race 1995 New England 200 (New Hampshire)
Verizon IndyCar Series career
Debut season 1996
Current team Lazier Partners Racing
Car no. 91
Former teams Hemelgarn Racing (1996–2004)
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (2004, 2006)
Panther Racing (2005)
Sam Schmidt Motorsports (2007)
Hemelgarn-Johnson Racing (2008–2009)
Starts 103
Wins 8
Poles 2
Fastest laps 6
Best finish 1st in 2000
Previous series
1986-1987

19861989
1989, 1993
19891995
19891995
2001

20012002
2007
Canadian-American Challenge Cup
American Indycar Series
IMSA GT Championship
Champ Car World Series
USAC Gold Crown Series
Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
International Race of Champions
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Championship titles
1988

1996
2000
American Indycar Series champion
Indianapolis 500 winner
Verizon IndyCar Series champion
Awards
2003 Scott Brayton Trophy
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
1 race run over 1 year
Best finish 91st (2007)
First race 2007 Smith's Las Vegas 350 (Las Vegas)
Last race 2007 Smith's Las Vegas 350 (Las Vegas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

Buddy Lazier (born October 31, 1967 in Vail, Colorado) is an American auto racing driver. Lazier began his career in the 1980s by competing in such series as the IMSA GT Championship, the SCCA Canadian-American Challenge Cup and the American Indycar Series. Lazier would win the American Indycar Series championship in 1988. Lazier would then start his Indy car career in 1989 by competing in the Champ Car World Series. During the season, Lazier would fail to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. Lazier would eventually qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in 1991. During his Champ Car career, Lazier often drove for teams that used older chassis and engines. Lazier's best finish in the Champ Car standings would be a 19th-place finish in 1992. Lazier would begin to compete in the newly formed Verizon IndyCar Series in 1996. Lazier would win the Indianapolis 500 that season. Lazier would become one the most dominant drivers in the series for a period of time and won 8 races and the series championship in 2000. Lazier would begin to drive only at the Indianapolis 500 in 2007 and would continue to enter the Indianapolis 500 through 2009. Lazier would attempt to find cars to drive for during this time but would not return to the series until 2013 at the Indianapolis 500 when he for Lazier Partners Racing, a team started by Lazier's father and former Indy car driver Bob Lazier and various investors. Lazier and the team would repeat their efforts in 2014 and 2015.

Contents

  • Career 1
    • Sports car racing 1.1
      • Canadian-American Challenge Cup 1.1.1
      • IMSA GT Championship 1.1.2
      • Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series 1.1.3
    • American Indycar Series 1.2
    • Indy car racing 1.3
      • Champ Car World Series 1.3.1
      • Verizon IndyCar Series 1.3.2
    • Stock car racing 1.4
      • International Race of Champions 1.4.1
      • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 1.4.2
  • Media appearances 2
    • Television 2.1
  • Personal life 3
  • Motorsports career results 4
    • American open–wheel racing results 4.1
      • CART 4.1.1
      • IndyCar Series 4.1.2
      • Indianapolis 500 4.1.3
    • NASCAR 4.2
      • Craftsman Truck Series 4.2.1
    • International Race of Champions 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Career

Sports car racing

Canadian-American Challenge Cup

For 1986, Lazier would compete in the SCCA Canadian-American Challenge Cup. Lazier would drive the #43 Texas American Racing Team Watson 82-Chevrolet V8. Lazier would first compete in the second race of the season at Summit Point Motorsports Park. Lazier would start in 4th place while teammate and car owner Bill Tempero started in 2nd place. In the race, Lazier would fail to start the race and would be credited with an 18th-place finish while Temprano would win the race. Lazier would later compete in the race at St. Louis International Raceway in the same car. Lazier would start in 5th place and finish in 12th place due to a chassis issue after completing 29 laps. Lazier would finish in 26th place in the final standings with 4 points.

In 1987, Lazier would drive the #19 Texas American Racing Team March 85C-Chevrolet V8. At the season-opening race at Willow Springs International Raceway, Lazier qualified on the pole position, led 22 of 48 laps and would win the race. Lazier would also qualify on the pole position at Wisconsin State Fairgrounds Park Speedway, lead for 25 laps and would finish in 9th place. Lazier would also finish in 3rd place at Pueblo Motorsports Park and in 4th place at the season-ending race at Phoenix International Raceway. Lazier would finish in 4th place in the final point standings with 62 points, while teammate Bill Tempero would win four races and the championship.

IMSA GT Championship

In 1989, Lazier would compete in the IMSA GT Championship. Lazier would drive the #43 Motorsports Marketing Fabcar CL FEP/002-Porsche with John Higgens, Lorenzo Lamas and Justus Reid in the Lights class. Lazier would only drive the car at the season-opening SunBank 24 at Daytona. The car would start in 46th place and finish in 4th place in its class and in 31st place overall after retiring after 395 laps due to an engine failure. Lazier would score no points in the race and would finish in 63rd place in the final Lights point standings.

In 1993, Lazier returned to the series to compete in the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona in the #42 Pro-Technik Racing Fabcar FEP/002-Porsche in the Lights class with Anthony Lazzaro, Chris Ivey, Mike Sheehan and Sam Shalala. The car would start in 58th place overall and would finish in 7th place in its class and in 25th place overall. Lazier would only compete at Daytona and would finish in 23rd place in the final Lights point standings with 18 points.

Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series

In Irv Hoerr for Robinson Racing in the Sport Racing Prototype (SR) class. Lazier would only compete with the team at the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona. The car would start in 2nd place both overall and in its class and would lead for 10 laps. The car would then suffer an engine failure after completing 563 laps and would finish in 5th place in its class and 22nd place overall. Lazier would finish in 35th place in the final point standings with 29 points.

American Indycar Series

Lazier would begin to compete in the American Indycar Series in 1988 after Lazier's car owner and teammate, Bill Tempero, purchased Can-Am. Lazier would drive a March 85C-Chevrolet V8 for Texas American Racing Team. At the season-opening race at Willow Springs International Raceway, Lazier qualified on the pole position and won the race. Lazier would also win the Illinois Grand Prix at St. Louis International Raceway from the pole position, Tioga Motorsports Park and the season-ending Bud Light 100 dual races at Willow Springs International Raceway from the pole position in both races. The only race that Lazier would not win would be the AMG Eurospeed Grand Prix of Colorado at Mountain View Motorsports Park, where Lazier would finish in 2nd place to Robby Unser. Lazier would go on to win the inaugural season championship with 152 points.

For 1989, Lazier would return with Texas American Racing Team to drive a March 85C-Chevrolet V8. At the season-opening dual races at I-70 Speedway, Lazier finished in 2nd place to Robby Unser in the first race and would crash out of the second race after completing 10 laps. At the second pair of races at Memphis Motorsports Park, Lazier would qualify on the pole position for the second race. Lazier would then win the second race at Colorado National Speedway. Lazier would finish the season by winning the first race at Willow Springs International Raceway and retiring from the second race due to a motor mount issue. Lazier would finish in 7th place in the final standings with 173 points.

Indy car racing

Champ Car World Series

In 1989, Lazier attempted to qualify for his first Champ Car World Series race, the Indianapolis 500. Lazier would drive the #35 Lazier Racing March 87C-Cosworth DFX. At Indianapolis, Lazier crashed in practice and would fail to qualify for the race. The team would only attempt to qualify at Indianapolis. Lazier would later drive for Gary Trout Motorsports in the #23 Maglite/Advance Liquid March 87C-Cosworth DFX at the season-ending Champion Spark Plug 300 at Laguna Seca Raceway. Lazier would not be fast enough to qualify for the race and would fail to qualify for the race. Lazier would be unranked in the final points standings.

In 1990, Lazier would first compete at the Indianapolis 500. Lazier would drive for Hemelgarn Racing in the #91 Hemelgarn Racing Lola T88/00-Buick 3300 V6. Lazier would crash his primary car in practice and would later qualify for the race in his back-up car. At the beginning of the final day of qualifying or Bump Day, Lazier was the slowest car in the field. John Paul, Jr. would bump Lazier from the field and Lazier would fail to qualify. Lazier would later drive a partial season for Hemelgarn in the #71 Hemelgarn Racing Lola T88/00-Buick 3300 V6. Lazier would also qualify for his first 500-mile race when he qualified for the Marlboro 500 at Michigan International Speedway in the #24 Arciero Wines Penske PC17-Buick 3300 V6 for Arciero Racing. Lazier would start in 26th (last) place and would retire from the race after 3 laps due to a gearbox problem and would finish in 26th place. Lazier would get a best finish of 12th place at the Molson Indy Vancouver at Concord Pacific Place. Lazier would finish in 29th place in the final point standings with 1 point.

For 1991, Lazier would drive for various teams in various cars. Lazier would first drive for Dale Coyne Racing in the #90 Dale Coyne Racing Lola T88/00 Cosworth DFX at the season-opening Gold Coast IndyCar Grand Prix at the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit. Lazier would start in 24th place out of 25 cars and would retire after 1 lap due to a suspension failure and would finish in 25th place. Lazier would then drive for Todd Walther Racing in the #44 Childhelp/IOF Lola Cars T89/00-Cosworth DFS at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the Streets of Long Beach. Lazier would start in 26th (last) place and would finish in 25th place after retiring after 8 laps due to an engine failure. Lazier would then drive for Hemelgarn Racing at the Indianapolis 500 in the #71 Vail Ski Resort/Beaver Creek Resort Lola T90/00-Buick 3300 V6. Lazier would qualify for the race for the first time and would start in 23rd race. On the first lap of the race, Gary Bettenhausen got sideways in turn 1 and Lazier would hit the outside wall and would continue to the pit lane where he retired from the race due to the car being too damaged to continue. Lazier would get credited with a 33rd-place finish. Lazier would then drive the #19 AMP Limited/Orbit Group Lola T90/00-Cosworth DFS for Dale Coyne Racing at the Miller Genuine Draft 200 at the Milwaukee Mile. Lazier would get replaced by Dale Coyne prior to qualifying for the race. At the following race, the Valvoline Grand Prix of Detroit on the Streets of Detroit, Lazier would continue to drive for Dale Coyne Racing in the #90 Dale Coyne Racing Lola T90/00-Cosworth DFS. Lazier would start in 20th place and would finish in 18th place, five laps down. Lazier would then drive the #19 Dale Coyne Racing Lola T90/00-Cosworth DFS for Dale Coyne Racing at the Budweiser Grand Prix of Cleveland at Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport. Lazier would start in 20th place and would finish in 11th place, four laps down, and would get his first points of the season with 2 points. Hemelgarn Racing and Dale Coyne Racing would form an alliance called Hemelgarn Coyne Racing. Lazier would drive for the team at the Molson Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place. Lazier would start in 20th place and would retire after 17 laps due to an engine failure and would finish in 22nd place out of 23 cars. Lazier would drive the same car at the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Denver on the Steets of Denver and would get his best start and finish of the season. Lazier would start in 16th place and finish in 9th place, two laps down. Lazier would then drive for Walker Racing in the #10 Walker Racing Lola T90/00-Cosworth DFS at the Pioneer Electronics 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Lazier would start in 17th place and would finish in 24th (last) place due to completing 0 laps due to an electrical issue. Lazier would return to Dale Coyne Racing and would drive the #90 Dale Coyne Racing Lola T90/00-Cosworth DFS at the Texaco/Havoline 200 at Road America. Lazier would start in 19th place and would finish in 24th place out of 25 cars due to an electrical issue before he could complete 1 lap. Lazier then compete in the season-ending Toyota Monterey Grand Prix at Laguna Seca Raceway for Hemelgarn Coyne Racing in the #39 Hemelgarn Coyne Racing Lola T90/00-Cosworth DFS. Lazier would start in 21st place and would finish in 22nd place after retiring after 41 laps due to an engine failure. Lazier would finish in 22nd place in the final point standings with 6 points.

In 1992, Lazier would begin to drive for Leader Card Racing and would first drive the #21 Seaway Food Town/Project Pacific Lola T90/00-Buick V6 3300. At the season-opening Daikyo IndyCar Grand Prix at the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit, Lazier started in 20th place and would finish in 16th place, eighteen laps down. At the Valvoline 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, Lazier would start in 17th place and would finish in 14th place, thirty-three laps down. Lazier would score his first point of the season at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the Streets of Long Beach after getting a 12th-place finish despite running out of fuel after completing 80 of 105 laps. At the Indianapolis 500, Lazier would begin to drive a Lola T91/00-Buick V6 3300. The team would also compete with no sponsorship. During practice for the race Lazier would crash. Lazier would recover to qualify for the race in 24th place. On lap 144 Lazier retired due to an engine failure after completing 139 laps. Lazier would finish in 14th place. At the following two races, the ITT Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit at Belle Isle State Park and the Budweise G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway, Lazier would finish in 24th place in each race due to a broken half shaft at Detroit and a clutch problem at Portland. The team would regain sponsorship from Seaway Food Town and Project Pacific when they used the Lola T90/00 at the Miller Genuine Draft 200 at the Milwaukee Mile where Lazier would start and finish in 17th place, twenty-four laps down. The team would start to get sponsored by Viper Auto Security for the rest of the season starting with the following race, the Molson Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place, where Lazier started in 20th place and finished in 15th place, twelve laps down. Lazier would also get his best finish of the season at the following race, the Marlboro 500 at Michigan International Speedway, with a 7th-place finish, fourteen laps down. Starting at the Budweiser Grand Prix of Cleveland at Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport the team would use the Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V8 265A. Lazier would start and finish in 23rd place due to an engine failure after 25 laps. The Buick V6 3300 would get used at the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix at Pennsylvania International Raceway. Lazier would start in 19th place and finish in 15th place, fifteen laps down. Lazier would finish a career-best 19th in points with 10 points.

For 1993, Lazier would return with Leader Card Racing to drive the #20 Seaway Food Town/Project Pacific Lola T91/00-Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V8 265A. At the season-opening Australian FAI IndyCar Grand Prix at the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit, Lazier started in 25th place out of 26 cars and would retire after 35 laps due to a suspension failure. Lazier would finish in 20th place. At the Valvoline 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, Lazier started in 18th place and would finish in 17th place due to a header problem after 141 laps. Lazier finished his first race of the season at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the Streets of Long Beach after starting in 24th place and finishing in 19th place, fifteen laps down. At the Indianapolis 500, the team would have Viper Auto Security as the sponsor and a Buick V6 3300 engine would be used. During qualifying Lazier would blow an engine and he would fail to qualify for the race. At the following race, the Miller Genuine Draft 200 at the Milwaukee Mile, Seaway Food Town and Project Pacific returned as the sponsors. Lazier would start in 20th place and would finish in 15th place, thirteen laps down. At the ITT Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit at Belle Isle State Park, Lazier would start in 26th place and would finish in 18th place due to a crash after completing 55 laps. The team would use the Lola T92/00-Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V8 265A at the Budweiser Grand Prix of Cleveland at Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport and the Marlboro 500 at Michigan International Speedway. At Cleveland, the car had sponsorship from Viper Auto Security and Applebee's and in the race Lazier started in 23rd place and finished in 21st place due to an electrical issue after completing 61 laps. At Michigan, the car was unsponsored and Lazier would start in 18th place and finish in 21st place due to oil pressure problems after completing 43 laps. The Buick V6 3300 would begin to get used by the team starting at the New England 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway in an unsponsored car. Lazier would fail to qualify for the race. Lazier would get his best finish of the season at the Texaco/Havoline 200 at Road America with a 14th-place finish. The team would get sponsorship from Financial World starting at the Pioneer Electronics 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. With sponsorship Lazier would get a best finish of 20th place at Mid-Ohio. Lazier would finish in 35th place in the point standings with no points.

In 1994, Lazier would return with Leader Card Racing to drive the #23 Financial World Lola T93/00-Ilmor Indy V8 265C. At the season-opening Australian FAI Indycar Grand Prix at the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit, Lazier was too slow to qualify and would fail to qualify. Lazier would make his debut of the season at the next race, the Slick 50 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Lazier would start in 25th place and would finish in a season-best 13th-place finish, ten laps down. At the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the Streets of Long Beach, Lazier started in 30th place out of 30 cars and would finish in 29th place due to an exhaust problem after completing 6 laps. At the Indianapolis 500, Lazier would practice in both the #94 Hemelgarn Racing Lola T92/00-Buick 3300 V6 for Hemelgarn Racing and the #5 Duracell Lola T94/00-Ford Cosworth XB for Dick Simon Racing. Lazier would also practice in the Leader Card Racing car. Lazier would not complete a qualifying attempt in any of the three cars and would fail to qualify for the race. At the following race, the Miller Genuine Draft 200 at the Milwaukee Mile, Lazier would start in 24th place and would finish in 18th place, twelve laps down. Lazier would start in 27th place out of 28 cars at the following race, the ITT Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit at Belle Isle State Park, and would finish in 17th place, two laps down. Lazier would start in 29th place and finish in 24th place after running out of fuel after completing 91 laps at the Budweiser/G. I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway. Following the Portland race Lazier would only start two more races during the season. At the Budweiser Grand Prix of Cleveland at Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport, Lazier was replaced by pay driver Giovanni Lavaggi. Lazier would qualify, but not start, at the Molson Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place and the Slick 50 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Lazier would fail to qualify, due to being too slow in qualifying, at the Pioneer Electronics 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix at Nazareth Speedway. In the two races Lazier did start following Portland, the Marlboro 500 at Michigan International Speedway and the Molson Indy Vancouver at Concord Pacific Place, Lazier started in 21st place and finished in 24th place due to an electrical issue at Michigan and started and finished in 27th place out of 28 cars due to half shaft problem after completing 16 laps at Vancouver. Lazier would finish in 36th place in the final point standings with no points. The 1994 season would be the final season that Lazier drove for Leader Card Racing.

For 1995, Lazier would drive for various teams. Lazier would first drive for Project Indy in the #64 No-Touch/Van Dyne/Marcelo Reynard 94i-Ford Cosworth XB at the second race of the season, the Gold Coast Indy at the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit. Lazier would start in 24th place out of 26 cars and would finish in 21st place due to a broken transmission after completing 32 laps. Lazier would then drive for Payton/Coyne Racing in the #19 AGFA Lola T94/00-Ford Cosworth XB at the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix at Nazareth Speedway. Lazier would start in 20th place and would finish in 25th place out of 26 cars due to a crash with Paul Tracy after completing 38 laps. At the Indianapolis 500, Lazier would drive for Team Menard originally in the #51 Team Menard Lola T93/00-Menard Indy V6. Lazier would then practice for the team in the #40 Glidden/Menards Lola T95/00-Menard Indy V6 that Arie Luyendyk would qualify. Lazier would qualify for the race on the second day of qualifying in the #80 Glidden/Menards Lola T95/00-Menard Indy V6 in 23rd place. In the race Lazier retired from the race after 45 laps due to fuel system problems. Lazier would return to Payton/Coyne Racing at the Miller Genuine Draft 200 at the Milwaukee Mile in the #19 AGFA Lola T95/00-Ford Cosworth XB. Lazier would start in 24th place out of 26 cars and would finish in 18th place, twelve laps down. Lazier would then drive for Project Indy in the #64 No-Touch/Van Dyne/Marcelo Reynard 94i-Ford Cosworth XB at the Molson Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place. Lazier would start in 27th (last) place and would finish in 15th place, five laps down. Lazier would return to Payton/Coyne Racing to drive the #19 AGFA Lola T94/00-Ford Cosworth XB at the Marlboro 500 at Michigan International Speedway. Lazier would start in 20th place and would finish in a season-best 14th place, twenty-seven laps down. The final race of the season that Lazier competed in was the New England 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Lazier would finish in 35th place in the final point standings with no points.

Verizon IndyCar Series

Lazier would first compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series in its inaugural season in 1996 for Hemelgarn Racing in the #91 Delta Faucet Reynard 95i-Ford Cosworth XB. At the season-opening Indy 200 at Walt Disney World at Walt Disney World Speedway, Lazier would qualify on the pole position. In the race Lazier led for 28 laps and would finish in 17th place due to retiring due a brake failure after completing 61 laps. During practice for the following race, the Dura Lube 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, Lazier was involved in a crash with Lyn St. James and Lazier would break his vertebra and he would not start the race. Lazier returned two months later for the next and season-ending race, the Indianapolis 500. Prior to the race the team gained additional sponsorship from Montana Rail Link. During practice Lazier would practice at speeds faster than 230 miles per hour. Lazier would qualify in 7th place and move up to 5th place after 2nd place starter Arie Luyendyk was disqualified and pole sitter Scott Brayton was fatally injured. In the race Lazier became one of the contenders in the race and would battle with Tony Stewart, Davy Jones, Roberto Guerrero and Luyendyk. Stewart would retire after 82 laps due to an engine failure. Luyendyk would retire from the race after making contact with Eliseo Salazar and Guerrero would drop to two laps down after having a fire in his pit stall. With 10 laps to go Lazier was running in 3rd place behind Jones and Alessandro Zampedri. With 9 laps to go Lazier passed Zampedri and he would pass Jones one lap later. Lazier would go on to win the race (his first Indy car win) after leading for 43 laps. Lazier would finish 14th in points with 159 points, despite missing one race.

For the 1996–1997 season, Lazier returned with Hemelgarn Racing. During the 1996 portion of the season, Lazier drove the #91 Delta Faucet Reynard 95i-Ford Cosworth XB. At the season-opening True Value 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway, Lazier started in 4th place and was running in 2nd place, the only car on the lead lap besides race leader Tony Stewart. On lap 67, Stewart attempted to lap Lazier in turn 4. The two cars then made contact and Lazier spun and crashed into the wall. Stewart would continue. Race broadcaster ABC then played audio from Lazier's conversation with his team immediately after the accident. Lazier first said, (in reference to Stewart) "The son of a bitch just ran into the back of me." Lazier then said to his pit crew, "He must have just fucking hit me in the back." All this audio was broadcast by the race's broadcaster ABC. Lazier would finish in 19th place. At the following race, the Las Vegas 500K at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lazier started in 4th place and retired after 35 laps due to handling issues and finished in 24th place out of 28 cars. For the 1997 portion of the season, Lazier drove the #91 Delta Faucet/Montana Rail Link Dallara IR7-Nissan Infiniti VRH35ADE V8, with additional sponsorship from Xerox and Cinergy. At the Indy 200 at Walt Disney World by Aurora at Walt Disney World Speedway, Lazier started in 11th place and finished in 5th place. This would be Lazier first top 5 or top 10 finish of the season. At the Phoenix 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, Lazier started in 13th place and finished in 21st place due to an engine failure after 31 laps. Prior to the Indianapolis 500, the Nissan engine was replaced with the Oldsmobile Aurora L47 V8. Lazier would qualify in 10th place and would be fastest in two practice days after he qualified for the race. In the race Lazier battled with Arie Luyendyk, Scott Goodyear, Jeff Ward, Stewart and Robbie Buhl and led for 7 laps. Lazier would finish in 4th place behind Luyendyk, Goodyear and Ward. Following the race, Lazier was ranked in 10th place in the point standings, the first time he was ranked in the top 10 in points during the season. At the following race, the True Value 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Lazier started in 4th place and led twice for a combined total of 57 laps. On lap 157, Lazier retired from the race due to an engine failure and finished in 17th place. Lazier would then finish in 8th place at the following race, the Samsonite 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Lazier would get his first win of the season at the following race, the VisionAire 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, after starting in 5th place and leading for 58 laps. At the following race, the Pennzoil 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway, Lazier started in 15th place and finished in 12th place, five laps down. Following the race, Lazier had his highest rank during the season with a 5th place rank. At the season-ending Las Vegas 500K at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Lazier started in 14th place and finished in 31st (last) place due to a mechanical problem after 4 laps. Lazier would finish in 8th place in the final point standings with 209 points.

In 1998, Lazier returned with Hemelgarn Racing to drive the #91 Delta Faucet/Coors Light Dallara IR8-Oldsmobile Aurora L47 V8. At the season-opening Indy 200 at Walt Disney World by Aurora at Walt Disney World Speedway, Lazier started in 8th place due to the race lineup being determined by the entrant standings of the previous season. In the race, Lazier led for 34 laps starting on lap 132 and continued to lead through lap 165. On lap 166, Lazier was attempting to lap Stéphan Grégoire when he spun in turn two and crashed into the inside wall. Lazier would finish in 15th place. At the following race, the Dura Lube 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, Lazier started in 9th place and finished in 28th place out of 28 cars due to an engine failure after 9 laps. At the Indianapolis 500, Lazier qualified in 11th place. In the race Lazier ran in the top five and battled with Billy Boat, Kenny Bräck, Arie Luyendyk, Greg Ray, John Paul, Jr. and Eddie Cheever for the lead. In the final 20 laps of the race, each of these drivers had either retired from the race, or had had an issue that took them out of contention for the win, except Cheever. Cheever led Lazier by 1.1 seconds with 17 laps to go. Cheever then extended his lead to over 3 seconds ahead of Lazier. On lap 191, the race went under caution due Marco Greco's car smoking. On a restart on lap 195, Cheever extended his lead to 3.19 seconds. Lazier would finish in 2nd place after leading for 20 laps. At the following race, the True Value 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Lazier started in 11th place and finished in 11th place due to a wheel bearing problem after completing 194 laps. Lazier then finished in 7th place at the following race, the New England 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Lazier then got his second 2nd-place finish of the season at the Pep Boys 400K at Dover Downs International Speedway after leading for 7 laps. At the following race, the VisionAire 500K at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Lazier started in 14th place and finished in 13th place, thirty-seven laps down. At the Radisson 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway Lazier started in 17th place and finished in 7th place, one lap down. Lazier then started in 18th place and finished in 17th place due to an engine failure after completing 136 laps at the MCI Atlanta 500 Classic at Atlanta Motor Speedway. At the following race, the Lone Star 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Lazier started in 19th place and would finish in 6th place, two laps down, after leading for 14 laps. At the season-ending Las Vegas 500K at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lazier started in 17th place and led for 60 laps. Lazier would finish in 3rd place. Lazier would finish in a then-career best 5th place in the final point standings with 262 points.

In 1999, Lazier returned with Hemelgarn Racing to drive the #91 Delta Faucet/Coors Light Dallara IR9-Oldsmobile Aurora L47 V8. At the season-opening TransWorld Diversified Services Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Speedway, Lazier started in 8th place and finished in 10th place, two laps down. At the second race of the season, the MCI WorldCom 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, Lazier started in 15th place and was involved in a crash with Eddie Cheever on lap 149 in turn 3. Lazier would get credited with an 18th-place finish. At the VisionAire 500K at Lowe's Motor Speedway Lazier started in 14th place and was soon battling with Greg Ray for the lead. Lazier would lead for 23 laps. On lap 59 Stan Wattles' car had a suspension failure. John Paul, Jr. then hit the debris from Wattles' car and parts of Wattles' rear wing and a tire off of one the cars went in the seating area and three spectators were killed in the accident. The race would immediately go under caution with Lazier as the leader. Lazier then made a pit stop to replace a punctured tire. After 18 laps of caution the race was stopped and abandoned. Lazier was running in 7th place at the time. The race had only completed 79 laps and needed at least 105 laps complete to be an official race. Because the race was abandoned its results were not counted towards any records nor did it award any points towards the championship. At the Indianapolis 500, the team gained additional sponsorship from Tae Bo and Lazier qualified in a disappointing 22nd place. In the race Lazier wasn't a factor in the race and finished in 7th place, two laps down. At the following race, the Longhorn 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Lazier started in 24th place out of 26 cars and would finish in 14th place, eight laps down. At the Radisson 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway, Lazier started in 12th place and finished in 5th place. At the Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Lazier started in 15th place and finished in 21st place due to a crash on lap 114 with Sam Schmidt while battling for the lead. Following the race, Lazier dropeed to 11th place in points after being in the top 10 since Indianapolis. Lazier would then get his best finish of the season with a 2nd-place finish at the MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway after starting in 17th place. Following the race, Lazier improved to 9th place in points. Lazier followed this finish with a 4th-place finish at the Colorado Indy 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway after starting in 9th place, Lazier only race during the season where he started in the top 10 (except for the season opening race at Orlando and Las Vegas). Following the race, Lazier improved to his highest-ranking during the season with a 4th place rank. Lazier would then finish in 11th place, nine laps down, at the Vegas.com 500 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after starting in 10th place. Lazier would then finish in 10th place, four laps down, at the season-ending Mall.com 500 at Texas Motor Speedway after starting in 16th place. Lazier would finish in 6th place in the final point standings with 224 points.

In 2000, Lazier first drove the #91 Delta Faucet/Coors Light/Tae Bo Riley & Scott Mk VII Oldsmobile Aurora L47 V8 for Hemelgarn Racing. At the season-opening Delphi Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Speedway, Lazier started in 5th place and led for 47 laps and would finish in 2nd place. At the second race of the season, the MCI WorldCom Indy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, Lazier started in 26th (last) place due to Lazier's car not being prepared in time for qualifying. Lazier first took the lead on lap 151 and lead through lap 155 when Robbie Buhl took the lead. Lazier then retook the lead on lap 161 and lead the remaining 40 laps to win his first race since the 1997 VisionAire 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Lazier became the first driver to win a Verizon IndyCar Series race after starting in last place. Lazier became the third driver to win an Indy car race under any sanction from last place at Phoenix after Mike Mosley in 1974 and Roberto Guerrero in 1987. Following the race, Lazier led the point standings for the first time in his Verizon IndyCar Series career. At the Vegas Indy 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lazier started in 22nd place and finished in 20th place due to a fuel pump issue after completing 65 laps. At the Indianapolis 500 the Riley & Scott was replaced with the Dallara IR00. Lazier would qualify in 16th place. In the race Lazier quickly moved into the top 5. In the second half of the race, Lazier became one of the few drivers to challenge race leader Juan Pablo Montoya. Lazier would set the fastest lap of the race on lap 198 with a speed of 218.494 mph. Lazier would be unable to catch Montoya, who would win the race by 7.1839 seconds. The Dallara chassis would be used in all remaining races of the season. At the following race, the Casino Magic 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Lazier qualified on the pole position and led for 62 laps. Lazier would eventually go one lap down and would finish in 7th place. At the Radisson 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway, Lazier started in 13th place and retired on the 2nd lap of the race due to an engine failure and finished in 26th (last) place with 1 lap complete. At the Midas 500 Classic at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Lazier started in 11th place and led for 2 laps and finished in 2nd place. Following the race Lazier would retake the points lead for the season. At the inaugural Belterra Resort Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway, Lazier started in 7th place and led for 40 laps to win his second race of the season. Lazier would also set the fastest lap of the race. Going into the season-ending Excite 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Lazier led Scott Goodyear by 38 points and Eddie Cheever by 41 points, either of whom could win the championship if they won the race and Lazier finished in a certain position or worse in the final results, due to a race win paying 50 points to the winner (a driver could also earn 3 points for qualifying on the pole position and leading for 2 laps). For the race Lazier started in 6th place while Goodyear started in 2nd place and Cheever in 22nd place. Lazier led for 38 laps, Cheever led for 26 laps and Goodyear led for a race-high 39 laps. Goodyear would win the race while Cheever would finish in 2nd place and Lazier in 4th place. Lazier would win the championship with 290 points and would have 18 more points than Goodyear and 33 more points than Cheever. As of the 2014 season, Lazier is the last driver to be born in the 1960s to win a Verizon IndyCar Series championship.

For 2001, Lazier drove the #91 Tae Bo/Coors Light/Delta Faucet Dallara IR01-Oldsmobile Aurora L47 V8 for Hemelgarn Racing. At the season-opening Pennzoil Copper World Indy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, Lazier started in 6th place and finished in 3rd place. At the Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Lazier started in 3rd place and finished in 20th place, after crashing on lap 177 in turn 4, with 175 laps complete. At the following race, the zMax 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Lazier started in 9th place and finished in 6th place, one lap down. At the Indianapolis 500, Lazier gained additional sponsorship from Life Fitness for the race and qualified in 10th place. In the race, Lazier came into the pits after 9 laps saying that his engine was running on only seven cylinders. Lazier would eventually rejoin the race and finished in 18th place, eight laps down. At the Casino Magic 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Lazier started in 13th place and finished in 4th place. At the following race, the Radisson Indy 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway, Lazier started in 5th place and began to lead on lap 157 after Sam Hornish, Jr., who had led for 152 or the 156 laps, had handling issues and had to race conservatory. Lazier would lead for the remaining 43 laps of the race and won his first race of the season. Lazier would then win the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway after starting in 4th place and led for 224 of 250 laps. Following the race Lazier moved into 2nd place in the point standings, 50 points behind Hornish. At the Ameristar Casino Indy 200 at Kansas Speedway, Lazier started in 12th place and finished in 5th place after leading for 13 laps. At the next race, the Harrah's 200 at Nashville Superspeedway, Lazier started in 6th place and led for 71 laps and won his third race of the season. With the win, Lazier took the record for the most wins in the Verizon IndyCar Series with six wins. Lazier then won his fourth race of the season at the Belterra Resort Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway after starting in 11th place and leading for 84 laps. As of the 2014 season, the race would be Lazier's final win the in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Following the race Lazier was only 25 points behind Hornish. At the Gateway Indy 250 at Gateway International Raceway, Lazier started in 2nd place due to the race lineup being determined by entrant points going into the race. In the race Lazier finished in 13th place, ten laps down. At the following race, the Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, Lazier started in 9th place and finished in 11th place, two laps down. Hornish would finish in 2nd place to Lazier's younger brother, Jaques Lazier, and clinch the championship due to leading 2nd place Lazier by 66 points (Lazier could get at most 52 points for winning a race and leading the most laps). At the season-ending Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Lazier started in 2nd place due to the race lineup being determined by entrant points going into the race. Lazier led only on the 9th lap of the race and retired from the race after suffering an engine failure after completing 102 laps. Despite winning a season-high four races, Lazier finished in 2nd place in the final point standings with 398 points.

For 2002, Lazier returned with Hemelgarn Racing to drive the #91 Coors Light/Life Fitness/Tae Bo/Delta Faucet Dallara IR02-Chevrolet V8. At the season-opening Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway Lazier started in 16th place and finished in 22nd place due to an oil pressure problem after completing 111 laps. At the following race, the Bombardier ATV 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, Lazier started in 9th place and finished in 7th place. At the Yamaha Indy 400 at California Speedway, Lazier started in 26th place out of 27 cars and finished in 7th place. At the next race, the Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway, Lazier started in 6th place and was involved in a crash with Sam Hornish, Jr. (who continued several laps down) on lap 38 in turn 3 and would finish in 23rd (last) place. At the Indianapolis 500, Lazier qualified in 20th place. In the race, Lazier began to move into the top 10 and with 12 laps remaining Lazier was running in 6th place, on the lead lap. On lap 199 in turn 2 the lapped car of Laurent Rédon lost control and collected Lazier. At the same time Paul Tracy was attempting to pass Hélio Castroneves for the lead in turn 3. Tracy would pass Castroneves just after the crash andwas the first car to cross the finish line. Indy Racing League officials declared that the pass occurred after the crash and Castroneves was the winner. Tracy's team, Team Green, protested by saying that caution light was not displayed until after the pass occurred. The original results would stand with Lazier finishing in 15th place with 198 laps complete. At the following race, the Boomtown 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Lazier started in 10th place and finished in 8th place. At the Radisson Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway, Lazier started in 10th place and finished in 15th place, three laps down. Lazier then finished in 18th place at the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway due to a fire breaking out on his car after completing 91 laps and after starting in 5th place. At the Ameristar Casino Indy 200 at Kansas Speedway, Lazier started in 5th place and finishing in 7th place. At the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway, Lazier started and finished in 12th place due to a crash on lap 182 in turn 2. At the next race, the Michigan Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway Lazier started in 15th place and finished in 13th place, two laps down. Lazier then finished in 3rd place at the Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway after starting in 3rd place and leading for 3 laps, the only laps that Lazier led during the season. Following the race Lazier moved into 10th place in the point standings. At the Gateway Indy 250 at Gateway International Raceway, Lazier started in 18th place and finished in 15th place, nine laps down. At the following race, the Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, Lazier started in 22nd place out of 25 cars and finished in 3rd place. At the season-ending Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Lazier started in 20th place and finished in 7th place. Lazier would finish in 8th place in the final point standings with 305 points.

In 2003, Lazier returned with Hemelgarn Racing to drive the #91 Delta Faucet/Life Fitness Dallara IR03-Chevrolet V8. At the season-opening Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Lazier withdrew from the race and missed his first Verizon IndyCar Series race since the 1996 Dura Lube 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. At the following race, the Purex Dial Indy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, Lazier started in 15th place and finished in 11th place, two laps down. Lazier then started in 17th place and finished in 19th place at the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi due to an engine failure after completing 63 laps. At the Indianapolis 500 Lazier qualified in 21st place. Prior to the race the team gained additional sponsorship from Victory Brands. In the race Lazier retired from the race after 171 laps due to an engine failure after completing 171 laps. At the Bombardier 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Lazier started in 19th place and finished in 13th place, four laps down. Lazier then got his only top 10 finish of the season with a 10th-place finish at the Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. At the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway, Lazier started in and finished in 20th place, six laps down. At the following race, the Kansas Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway, Lazier started in 21st place out of 22 cars and finished in 13th place, eight laps down. Lazier then was running in the top 10 in the late stages of the following race, the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway, when he spun on the main straightaway on lap 194. Lazier would be able to drive back to his pit stall to change the tires on his car. On lap 199 Lazier, who had completed 197 laps due to making the pit stop, crashed in turn 2 and would retire from the race with a 14th-place finish. Lazier then started in 21st (last) place and finished in 12th place, four laps down, at the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Lazier would then get his second best finish in the remaining races of 11th place at the Emerson Indy 250 at Gateway International Raceway. The then team gained sponsorship from Metabolife starting at the Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. In the race Lazier started in 20th place and finished in 16th place, four laps down. Following the Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, where Lazier finished one lap down in 16th place, Lazier was replaced by Richie Hearn for the final two races of the season, the Toyota Indy 400 at California Speedway and the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Lazier would also lead for 4 laps at the Chicagoland race. These laps would be the only laps that Lazier led during the season and, as of the 2014 season, his Verizon IndyCar Series career. Lazier would finish in 19th place in the final point standings with 201 points (following the Chicagoland race, Lazier was ranked in 17th place in the point standings).

In 2004, Hemelgarn Racing was unable to acquire sponsorship for the entire season, leaving Lazier without a car to drive for the season. Lazier would only compete in the Indianapolis 500. Lazier first practiced in the #24 Purex Dallara IR03-Chevrolet V8 for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing on May 21, two days before the final day of qualifying, known as Bump Day. Felipe Giaffone had already qualified the team's primary car and Lazier was practicing for the team in both Giaffone's qualified car and also the team's back-up car in preparation for potentially attempting to qualify for the race. On Lazier's first day on the track, Lazier was the fastest of the unqualified drivers with a speed of 215.513 miles per hour. Hemelgarn Racing would become the entrant of the car while Dreyer & Reinbold Racing would partner with the team for the car. The back-up car would become the #91 Dial/Life Fitness Dallara IR03-Chevrolet V8 and Lazier would start in 28th place. In the race Lazier moved through the field into the top 15 positions and was running in 12th place when he retired from the race after 164 laps due to a fuel system failure. Lazier would finish in 23rd place. Lazier would compete in no other races during the 2004 season and would finish in 30th place in the final point standings with 12 points.

In 2005, Lazier again did not have a full-time team to drive for. Lazier would drive for Panther Racing at the Indianapolis 500 in the #95 Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria/ESPN 950 AM Dallara IR03-Chevrolet V8. Lazier would qualify for the race in 9th place, beating Panther Racing's two drivers (Tomáš Enge and Tomas Scheckter) who would compete full-time in the series. On the final day of practice before the race, known as Carburetion Day, Lazier crashed in turn 4 and would slide along the outside wall on the main straightaway. Lazier was not injured in the crash and the car would be repaired by race day, meaning Lazier would be able to keep his 9th place starting position. Prior to the race the team acquired Jiffy Lube as an additional primary sponsor on the car. In the race, Lazier ran in the top 10 for most of the race, despite the fact that at one point during the race Scott Sharp made contact with Lazier's car. The contact would damage the front wing on Lazier's car. Lazier would continue in the race and on lap 199 Lazier would pass Sébastien Bourdais for 5th place. Moments later, in turn 3, Bourdais lost control and crashed, causing the race to finish under caution. Lazier's 5th-place finish in the race was his best finish in the race since finishing in 2nd place in the 2000 race. With Lazier's performance in the Indianapolis 500, Panther Racing would field an additional car for Lazier in four races. Lazier would drive the same car he drove at the Indianapolis 500, with sponsorship from Pennzoil, Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria and American Sentry Guard. Lazier would first compete at the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway, where he would start in 3rd place and finish in 9th place. Lazier would then compete in the following race, the ABC Supply Company A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile, after teammate Enge was injured at the Nashville race. Lazier would drive the #2 Rockstar Energy Drink Dallara IR05-Chevrolet V8. In the race, Lazier started in 5th place and would finish in 18th place after crashing after 129 laps. Lazier would return to his regular car at the following race, the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. In the race, Lazier would start and finish in 6th place. Lazier then started in 8th place and finished in 6th place at the following race, the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. The final race that Lazier would compete in in the 2005 season would be the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. In the race, Lazier started in 7th place and would finish in 10th place. Lazier would finish in 23rd place in the final point standings with 140 points. Following the season, Panther Racing would only compete with one car for the 2006 season due to their engine supplier, Chevrolet, and their sponsor, Pennzoil, leaving series at the end of the season.

Lazier's car in Gasoline Alley during practice for the 2006 Indianapolis 500.

In 2006, Lazier returned to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing after practicing for the team at the 2004 Indianapolis 500. Lazier would drive the #5 Escort Radar Detectors Dallara IR03-Ilmor-Honda Indy V8 HI4R. Lazier would attempt to compete in his first full-time season since 2002. At the season-opening Toyota Indy 300 Presented by XM Satellite Radio at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Lazier started in 14th place. During practice for the race, Ed Carpenter crashed in turn 2. Paul Dana then proceeded to hit Carpenter's car at nearly full speed. Dana would be fatally injured in the crash and his teammates, Buddy Rice and Danica Patrick were withdrawn from the race. In the race, Lazier retired after 12 laps due to an electrical problem. Lazier would finish in 14th place out of 16 cars, due to the reduced grid. Lazier compete in his only Verizon IndyCar Series on a road course or street circuit at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the Streets of St. Petersburg. Lazier would start in 18th place out of 19 cars and would finish in 14th place due to a brake problem after completing 59 laps. At the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi, Lazier started in 15th place and finished in 14th place, five laps down. At the Indianapolis 500, Lazier qualified in 25th place. In the race, Lazier was running in the top 10 in the second half of the race. Lazier would have to make a late-race pit stop to have enough fuel to finish the race and he would finish in 12th place, one lap down. This result would be Lazier's best finish of the season. Lazier was then replaced by Ryan Briscoe for the following race, the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix presented by Tissot at Watkins Glen International. Lazier returned to the team at the following race, the Bombardier Learjet 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Lazier would start in 15th place and would finish in 19th (last) place due to a fuel pump failure after 56 laps. Lazier would start in 19th (last) place at the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway and would finish in 16th place, five laps down. Lazier would get his best start of the season at the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway with a 7th place start. Lazier would finish in 15th place, six laps down. Lazier was then replaced by Briscoe for the next two races before returning at the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Lazier would start and finish in 15th place, two laps down. For the remainder of the season Briscoe and Sarah Fisher drove the car and Lazier did not compete in any other races. Lazier would finish in 18th place in the final point standings with 122 points. Lazier was ranked in 18th place following the Michigan race and was in 15th place following Indianapolis (the final race Lazier competed in, before he was replaced for races).

For 2007, Lazier had no team to drive for the entire season. Lazier would drive for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, a team owned by Lazier's former competitor Sam Schmidt, at the Indianapolis 500. Lazier would drive the #99 Sanitec Dallara IR05-Ilmor-Honda Indy V8 HI7R. Lazier would qualify for the race on the second day of qualifying in 22nd place. Lazier had been bumped from the field earlier in the day by Buddy Rice and would later bump Jon Herb from the field. Towards the end of the qualifying day, Lazier's brother Jaques Lazier attempted to qualify for the race and had he been successful Lazier would have been bumped from the field a second time. Jaques Lazier's qualifying was too slow and he was waived off. In the race, Lazier ran in the middle of the field and was never in contention for a top 10 finish. Lazier would finish in 19th place, two laps down, after the race was permanently stopped after 166 laps. Following the race Lazier was ranked in 25th place in the point standings. Indianapolis would be the only Verizon IndyCar Series race that Lazier competed in during the season and Lazier finished in 28th place in the final point standings with 12 points.

Lazier practicing for the 2008 Indianapolis 500.
Lazier's car in Gasoline Alley for the 2008 Indianapolis 500.

In 2008, Lazier returned to Hemelgarn-Johnson Racing only for the Indianapolis 500 in the #91 Muscular Dystrophy Association/Life Fitness Dallara IR05-Ilmor-Honda Indy V8 HI7R. Both of the sponsors were secondary sponsors and the team needed to acquire a primary sponsor. Lazier would qualify for the race on the third day of qualifying in 32nd place with a speed of 217.939 miles per hour. On the fourth and final day of qualifying, called Bump Day, A. J. Foyt IV bumped Marty Roth from the field. Roth would requalify and bump Lazier from the field. In the final half hour of the day, Lazier attempted to requalify for the race, but his speed was too slow and his team waived off the attempt after three laps. Dan Wheldon, who had quailed for the race in 2nd place, and his Target Chip Ganassi Racing team helped Lazier with set up information. With about 13 minutes left in qualifying, Lazier made another attempt and would qualify for the race at a speed of 219.015 miles per hour and would bump Mario Domínguez from the field. After qualifying, the team received primary sponsorship from LifeLock after Max Papis failed to qualify for the race in a car sponsored by the company. Lazier would start in 32nd place. On lap 169 in the race, Lazier and Milka Duno made contact in turn 3 and Duno spun into the warm-up lane. Both would go on to finish the race. Lazier would finish in 17th place, five laps down. Following the race Lazier was ranked in 36th place in the point standings and would finish in 37th place in the final point standings with 13 points.

For 2009, Lazier returned with Hemelgarn-Johnson Racing to drive the #91 Great Lakes Leasing IR05-Ilmor-Honda Indy V8 HI7R. Lazier began practicing on May 14 in preparation for attempting to qualify on the second and final weekend of qualifying. On the third day of qualifying, Lazier posted a qualifying speed of 216.487 miles per hour. Later in the day, Milka Duno bumped Lazier from the field with a speed of 218.040 miles per hour. Lazier made a second qualifying attempt the following day, Bump Day. Lazier failed to reach 219 miles per hour and his team waived off his attempt. Lazier's car was put into the qualifying line late in the day for another attempt. Qualifying would end while Ryan Hunter-Reay was on his qualifying attempt and Alex Tagliani was in line ahead of Lazier. Lazier would fail to qualify for his first Indianapolis 500 since 1994.

In 2010, Lazier was without a car to drive for the season after Hemelgarn Racing closed in April. Lazier would attempt to find a car to drive for at the Indianapolis 500.[1] Lazier would ultimately not drive a car and would not attempt qualify for the Indianapolis 500 for the first time since 1988.

In 2011, Lazier reported to be a drive at the Indianapolis 500 for Dragon Racing. Dragon Racing would instead have Ho-Pin Tung and Scott Speed (who would leave the team and be replaced by Patrick Carpentier). For the second year in a row, Lazier would not attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500.

Lazier would return to the Verizon IndyCar Series after a three-year absence in 2013 when on May 8,[2] Lazier's father, Bob Lazier, would form a team called Lazier Partners Racing with Corbet Krause, Chris Nielsen and Jason Peters. The team would purchase a Dallara DW12 chassis from Fan Force United for $250,000. The chassis needed to be modified to have a Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V6 placed into it. Lazier would originally drive the car with no sponsorship and the paint scheme remaining the same as when Fan Force United fielded the car, albeit with orange replacing the original gold on the stripes. Lazier would first practice for the race May 16 for installation laps. Lazier took his refresher test the next day and was quickly practicing at speeds greater than 219 miles per hour. On Pole Day, the team gained sponsorship from Advance Auto Parts. Lazier would post a qualifying speed of 223.073 miles per hour and would fail to make the race on Pole Day (Lazier would have needed to have qualified in the top 24 positions). On Bump Day, Lazier would qualify for the race in 32nd place with a speed of 223.442 miles per hour.[3] Lazier would officially drive the car as the #91 Advance Auto Parts/Spirit of Oklahoma Dallara DW12-Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V6. The Spirit of Oklahoma was added to the car after the tornados in Moore, Oklahoma on May 20 as a sign of respect for the victims. Lazier would retire from the race after completing 44 laps due to mechanical problems. Lazier would only compete in the Indianapolis 500 and was ranked in 31st place in the point standings following the race and would finish in 38th place in the final point standings with 8 points.

For 2014, Lazier returned with Lazier Partners Racing to drive the #91 University of Iowa Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research Dallara DW12-Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V6 at the Indianapolis 500. Lazier would begin practicing on May 15. On the first day of qualifying, Lazier posted a speed of 226.543 miles per hour and had the 33rd-fastest speed. Lazier would not be guaranteed a starting position in the race (only the top 30 drivers were guaranteed). No additional cars would be entered and Lazier would be guaranteed a starting position. On the following day, Pole Day, Lazier qualified for the race with a speed of 227.920 miles per hour and would start in 33rd place. On the first lap of the race, Lazier narrowly avoided Ryan Briscoe, who had nearly spun coming off of turn 2. Lazier would complete 87 laps before retiring due to clutch problems. Lazier would finish in 32nd place. By starting the race, Lazier became tied for 10th place with Tom Sneva and Roger McCluskey for the most Indianapolis 500 starts with 18 starts. Lazier would also move into 7th place for the most amount of laps/miles completed in the Indianapolis 500 with 6,992.5 miles or 2,797 laps. Lazier would only compete in the Indianapolis 500 and was ranked in 33rd place in the point standings with 11 points following the race and would ultimately finish in 35th place in the final standings with 11 points.

In 2015, Lazier returned with Lazier Partners Racing to drive the #91 University of Iowa Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research Dallara DW12-Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V6 at the Indianapolis 500. Lazier would be using Chevrolet's new aero kit on the car. Lazier first come out for practice on May 14. By Pole Day on May 17 (rain caused qualifying to be condensed to one day), Lazier had completed 28 practice laps. The car would then suffer gearbox issues prior to qualifying and Lazier would be unable to make an attempt to qualify in the original line, meaning that if Lazier could qualify, the best Lazier could start would be 31st place. The car was repaired in time for Last Row Shootout. The speed of Lazier's first qualifying attempt was 219.438 miles per hour. Bryan Clauson was the slowest car in the field with a speed of 221.358 miles per hour. Lazier's pit crew would make adjustments to the wing that would significantly reduce the down force of the car. Lazier's second qualifying attempt would have a speed of 220.153 miles per hour. Qualifying ended while Lazier was on the track and Lazier would fail to qualify for the race. Due to not starting the race, Lazier is unranked in the point standings.

Stock car racing

International Race of Champions

In 2001, Lazier would compete in the International Race of Champions as a representative of the Indy Racing Northern Light Series, with Eddie Cheever, Mark Dismore and Scott Goodyear (who would be replaced by Al Unser, Jr. for the final two races of theseason due to injuries received at the Indianapolis 500. Lazier would drive a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. At the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, Lazier started in 8th place and finished in 11th place due to a crash on lap 27 with Jeff Burton. At the following race at Talladega Superspeedway, Lazier started and finished in 3rd place. At the third race of the season at Michigan International Speedway, Lazier started in 7th place and finished in 6th place. At the final race of the season at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Lazier started in 4th place and finished in 11th (last) place due to a crash with Burton, who had led every lap in the race up to that point, after 19 laps. Lazier would finish in 9th place in the final point standings with 31 points. Lazier would earn $40,000 for his efforts.

Lazier returned to the series in 2002 as a representative of the Indy Rcing Northern Light Series, with Sam Hornish, Jr., Scott Sharp and Al Unser, Jr. Lazier would drive a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. At the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, Lazier started in 7th place and finished in 10th place. At the second race of the season, at California Speedway, Lazier started in 3rd place and finished in 9th place. At the following race at Chicagoland Speedway, Lazier qualified on the pole position and would lead for all 67 laps to win the race. At the season race of the season at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Lazier started in 8th place and would finish in 4th place. Lazier would finish in 2nd place in the final standings with 49 points to Kevin Harvick, who had 54 points.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

In 2005, Lazier tested a Chevrolet Silverado for Billy Ballew Motorsports at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

In 2007, Lazier returned to drive for Billy Ballew Motorsports in the #15 Flanders Beef Patties Chevrolet Silverado at the Smith's Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 1995 Indianapolis 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve would also make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in the race. Lazier would say about his opportunity, "The opportunity arose for us to race in Las Vegas and I am extremely excited. They are racers on that team and to me it’s a perfect fit, and I feel right at home with the whole team." Lazier would start in 21st place and finish in 24th place, three laps down. Following the race, Lazier was ranked in 82nd place in the point standings with 91 points and would finish in 93rd place in the final point standings with 93 points.

Media appearances

Television

After winning the Indianapolis 500, Lazier made a guest appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. The episode that Lazier appeared on aired on May 29, 1996.

Lazier was nominated for the Best Driver ESPY Award in 2001 against Bobby Labonte, John Force and Gil de Ferran.

Personal life

Lazier was born in and currently resides in Vail, Colorado. Lazier is currently married to Kara Lazier. They have a son named Flinn Lazier and a daughter named Jacqueline Lazier.

Lazier's father Bob Lazier was a former racing driver who won the Champ Car World Series Rookie of the Year Award in 1981. Lazier's brother Jaques Lazier competed in the Verizon IndyCar Series from 1998 to 2010 and would win the 2001 Delphi Indy 200 at Chicagoland Speedway. With both driver having won races in the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Lazier brothers are the only brothers to have both won races in the series.

Lazier and his relatives operate the Tivoli Lodge in Vail, Colorado. Bob Lazier opened the lodge in 1968.

Motorsports career results

American open–wheel racing results

() (Races in bold indicate pole position)

CART

() (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1989 Lazier Racing March 87C Cosworth DFX PHX LBH INDY
DNQ
MIL DET POR CLE MEA TOR MCH POC MDO ROA NAZ NC
Gary Trout Motorsports LAG
DNQ
1990 Hemelgarn Racing Lola T88/00 Buick 3300 V6 PHX LBH INDY
DNQ
MIL DET
DNQ
POR
13
CLE
24
MEA TOR
DNS
DEN
DNQ
VAN
12
MDO
23
ROA
DNS
NAZ
14
LAG 30th 1
Arciero Racing Penske PC17 MCH
26
1991 Dale Coyne Racing Lola T88/00 Cosworth DFX SRF
25
22nd 6
Lola T90/00 Cosworth DFS MIL
DNQ
DET
18
POR CLE
11
MEA ROA
24
NAZ
Todd Walther Racing Lola T89/00 LBH
25
PHX
Hemelgarn Racing Lola T90/00 Buick 3300 V6 INDY
33
Hemelgarn Coyne Racing Cosworth DFS TOR
22
MCH DEN
9
VAN LAG
22
Walker Racing MDO
24
1992 Leader Card Racing Lola T90/00 Buick 3300 V6 SRF
16
PHX
14
LBH
12
DET
24
POR
25
MIL
17
NHA 19th 10
Lola T91/00 INDY
14
TOR
15
MCH
7
NAZ
15
Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V8 265A CLE
23
ROA
13
VAN
10
MDO
22
LAG
21
1993 Leader Card Racing Lola T91/00 Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V8 265A SRF
20
PHX
17
LBH
19
DET
18
POR CLE
21
TOR 38th 0
Buick 3300 V6 INDY
DNQ
MIL
15
ROA
14
VAN MDO
20
NAZ
26
LAG
DNQ
Lola T92/00 MCH
21
NHA
DNQ
1994 Leader Card Racing Lola T93/00 Ilmor Indy V8 265C SRF
DNQ
PHX
13
LBH
29
INDY
DNQ
MIL
18
DET
17
POR
24
CLE
Wth
TOR
DNS
MCH
24
MDO
DNQ
NHA
DNS
VAN
27
ROA NAZ
DNQ
LAG 36th 0
Hemelgarn Racing Lola T92/00 Buick 3300 V6 INDY
DNQ
Dick Simon Racing Lola T94/00 Ford Cosworth XB INDY
DNQ
1995 Project Indy Reynard 94i Ford Cosworth XB MIA SRF
21
PHX LBH TOR
15
CLE 35th 0
Payton/Coyne Racing Lola T94/00 NAZ
25
MCH
14
MDO NHA
21
VAN LAG
Lola T95/00 MIL
18
DET POR ROA
Team Menard Menard Indy V6 INDY
27
Lola T93/00 INDY
DNQ

IndyCar Series

() (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
1996 Hemelgarn Racing Reynard Ford Cosworth WDW
17
PHX
DNS
INDY
1
14th 159
1996–97 NHA
19
LVS
24
8th 209
Dallara Infiniti WDW
5
PHX
21
Oldsmobile INDY
4
TXS
17
PPIR
8
CLT
1
NHA
12
LVS
31
1998 WDW
15
PHX
28
INDY
2
TXS
11
NHA
7
DOV
2
CLT
13
PPIR
7
ATL
17
TXS
6
LVS
3
5th 262
1999 WDW
10
PHX
18
CLT
C
INDY
7
TXS
14
PPIR
5
ATL
21
DOV
2
PPIR
4
LVS
11
TXS
10
6th 224
2000 Riley & Scott WDW
2
PHX
1
LVS
22
INDY
DNQ
1st 290
Dallara INDY
2
TXS
7
PPIR
26
ATL
2
KTY
1
TXS
4
2001 PHX
3
HMS
20
ATL
6
INDY
18
TXS
4
PPIR
1
RIR
1
KAN
5
NSH
1
KTY
1
STL
13
CHI
11
TXS
17
2nd 398
2002 Chevrolet HMS
22
PHX
7
FON
7
NAZ
23
INDY
15
TXS
8
PPIR
15
RIR
18
KAN
7
NSH
12
MCH
13
KTY
3
STL
15
CHI
3
TXS
7
8th 305
2003 HMS
Wth
PHX
11
MOT
19
INDY
21
TXS
13
PPIR
10
RIR
20
KAN
13
NSH
14
MCH
12
STL
11
KTY
16
NAZ
13
CHI
16
FON TXS 19th 201
2004 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara Chevrolet HMS PHX MOT INDY
DNQ
30th 12
Hemelgarn Racing Dallara Chevrolet INDY
23
TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MCH KTY PPIR NAZ CHI FON TXS
2005 Panther Racing Dallara Chevrolet HMS PHX STP MOT INDY
5
TXS RIR KAN NSH
9
MIL
18
MCH
6
KTY
6
PPIR SNM CHI
10
WGL FON 23rd 140
2006 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara Honda HMS
14
STP
14
MOT
14
INDY
12
WGL TXS
19
RIR
16
KAN
15
NSH MIL MCH
15
KTY SNM CHI 18th 122
2007 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara Honda HMS STP MOT KAN INDY
19
MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO MCH KTY SNM DET CHI 28th 12
2008 Hemelgarn-Johnson Racing Dallara Honda HMS STP MOT1 LBH1 KAN INDY
17
MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO EDM KTY SNM DET CHI SRF2 37th 13
2009 STP LBH KAN INDY
DNQ
MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL TOR EDM KTY MDO SNM CHI MOT HMS NC
2013 Lazier Partners Racing Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP ALA LBH SAO INDY
31
DET DET TXS MIL IOW POC TOR TOR MDO SNM BAL HOU HOU FON 38th 8
2014 STP LBH ALA IMS INDY
32
DET DET TXS HOU HOU POC IOW TOR TOR MDO MIL SNM FON 35th 11
2015 STP NLA LBH ALA IMS INDY
DNQ
DET DET TXS TOR FON MIL IOW MDO POC SNM NC
1 Run on same day.
2 Non-points-paying, exhibition race.

Indianapolis 500

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1989 March 87C Cosworth DFX DNQ Lazier Racing
1990 Lola T88/00 Buick 3300 V6 DNQ Hemelgarn Racing
1991 Lola T90/00 Buick 3300 V6 23 33 Hemelgarn Racing
1992 Lola T91/00 Buick 3300 V6 24 14 Leader Card Racing
1993 Lola T92/00 Buick 3300 V6 DNQ Leader Card Racing
1994 Lola T93/00 Ilmor Indy V8 265C DNQ Leader Card Racing
Lola T92/00 Buick 3300 V6 Hemelgarn Racing
Lola T94/00 Ford Cosworth XB Dick Simon Racing
1995 Lola T95/00 Menard Indy V6 23 27 Team Menard
1996 Reynard 95i Ford Cosworth XB 5 1 Hemelgarn Racing
1997 Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile Aurora L47 V8 10 4 Hemelgarn Racing
1998 Dallara IR8 Oldsmobile Aurora L47 V8 11 2 Hemelgarn Racing
1999 Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora L47 V8 22 7 Hemelgarn Racing
2000 Dallara IR00 Oldsmobile Aurora L47 V8 16 2 Hemelgarn Racing
Riley & Scott Mk VII DNQ
2001 Dallara IR01 Oldsmobile Aurora L47 V8 10 18 Hemelgarn Racing
2002 Dallara IR02 Chevrolet V8 20 15 Hemelgarn Racing
2003 Dallara IR03 Chevrolet V8 21 21 Hemelgarn Racing
2004 Dallara IR03 Chevrolet V8 28 23 Hemelgarn Racing
DNQ Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
2005 Dallara IR03 Chevrolet V8 9 5 Panther Racing
2006 Dallara IR03 Ilmor-Honda Indy V8 HI4R 25 12 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
2007 Dallara IR05 Ilmor-Honda Indy V8 HI7R 22 19 Sam Schmidt Motorsports
2008 Dallara IR05 Ilmor-Honda Indy V8 HI7R 32 17 Hemelgarn-Johnson Racing
2009 Dallara IR05 Ilmor-Honda Indy V8 HI7R DNQ Hemelgarn-Johnson Racing
2013 Dallara DW12 Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V6 32 31 Lazier Partners Racing
2014 Dallara DW12 Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V6 33 32 Lazier Partners Racing
2015 Dallara DW12 Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V6 DNQ Lazier Partners Racing

NASCAR

() (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Craftsman Truck Series

International Race of Champions

() (Bold – Pole position. * – Most laps led.)

References

  1. ^ Stoner, Edward. [2], Vail Daily, May 11, 2010, Retrieved 2015-05-03
  2. ^ Lewandowski, Dave. Buddy Lazier To Return To Indianapolis, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 8, 2013, Retrieved 2013-05-09
  3. ^ Tony DiZinno

External links

  • Buddy Lazier driver statistics at Racing-Reference
  • Buddy Lazier Photos
Sporting positions
Preceded by
None
American Indycar Series Champion
1988
Succeeded by
Robby Unser
Preceded by
Greg Ray
Verizon IndyCar Series Champion
2000
Succeeded by
Sam Hornish, Jr.
Achievements
Preceded by
Jacques Villeneuve
Indianapolis 500 Winner
1996
Succeeded by
Arie Luyendyk
Awards
Preceded by
Arie Luyendyk
Scott Brayton Award
2003
Succeeded by
Helio Castroneves
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