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Buddy Lazier close to Indy 500 comeback?

Apr 25, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

Fan Force United driver Jean Alesi of France competes during the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis Reuters

We mentioned last week that Jaques Lazier could be making a comeback in this year’s Indianapolis 500. It looks like his brother Buddy, 45, is in the running to, too.

Indianapolis radio station 93.1 WIBC FM posted a report that they had seen Buddy Lazier’s name on the DW12-Lotus chassis driven by Jean Alesi, and fielded by Fan Force United, in last year’s Indianapolis 500 (pictured).

The one-off entry for Alesi was brokered as he was a Lotus ambassador, with FFU running what had been the Lotus test car driven in the preseason. Lotus’ return to Indianapolis was nothing short of diabolical with both the Formula 1 veteran and HVM’s Simona de Silvestro woefully off the pace, and parked 10 laps into the 500-mile race.

Buddy Lazier, 1996 Indianapolis 500 champion, last made the 500 field in a last-ditch, small-budget Hemelgarn Racing Bump Day effort in 2008, and last attempted to qualify in 2009.

Neither Lazier has yet driven the new Dallara DW12 chassis that was introduced ahead of last year’s season. They last competed together in the 2007 Indianapolis 500.

  1. f1fan1 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    The Lazier brothers, a couple of early IRL gomers. I guess they have to find someone has to fill out the field. Maybe they can drag out some other IRL legends like Gweg “tiger woods” Ray and Buzz Caulkins too. More comedy gold from the league.

    • indycarseries500 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      I’ll agree with you on Jacques, but Buddy’s a decent racecar driver and is really good at Indianapolis. Is he Dario or Helio or Dixon or TK? No but he can get around IMS really well.

  2. refinanceunderwatermortgage - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:10 AM

    I heard his ex partner and rocket racing league founder Granger Whitelaw is back with him and putting the sponsorship deals together. It would be great to see Buddy back in a competitive car again.

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