Bob & Jaques Lazier Join Indy Pro-Am Roster

0
191
Lazier
Bob Lazier and his son, Jaques, have both entered the Indy Legends Pro-Am at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in June. (IMS Photo)

SOUTHLAKE, Texas – Bob Lazier and his son, Jaques, are the latest names to join the entry list for the Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Brickyard Invitational on June 16-18.

“The Laziers are a class act and it’s special to have a father and son combination racing with us during our first Father’s Day weekend race meet,” said Sportscar Vintage Racing Ass’n President and CEO Tony Parella. “I had to chuckle when I heard Bob say he had a few good laps in him after winning a couple of years ago. Both he and Jaques are pros and have been an important part of this event since the first one in 2014.”

Bob Lazier, the patriarch of the famous Lazier racing family and the 2015 winner of the Indy Legends Pro-Am, last raced in the Indianapolis 500 35 years ago. A skilled road racer, he earned three top-five finishes on his way to winning the Indy car Rookie of the Year Award in 1981. A successful businessman and self-made man, he is the founder of the highly acclaimed Tivoli Lodge in Vail. Action oriented and an avid skier, he started racing cars in 1969 and cut his teeth in SCCA road racing. He progressed steadily through the open wheel ranks in VW Gold Cup, Formula Vee, Super Vee, Formula 5000 and on to Indy cars.

Jaques Lazier is a six-time starter of the Indianapolis 500 and holds the distinction of being the race’s most recent relief driver when he filled in for Robby Gordon who had to depart for the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte after rain delays in 2004. Lazier, the brother of 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier, drove for a number of top teams during his Indy car career including Target-Chip Ganassi, A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Sam Schmidt Motorsports and Team Menard. He won the Chicagoland Speedway Indy car race in 2001 for Menard.

The Pro-Am feature is a 45-minute race on the Speedway’s 2.43-mile Grand Prix road course. The cars are racing machines from the Group 6 SVRA class. As in previous years that will include 1963 to 1972 vintage Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs but also race officials are considering adding other Group 6 marques such as Porsche and Jaguar for variety.

The Indy 500 veterans who have entered the race will be paired with amateur drivers, splitting stints at the wheel at their discretion. Among the top drivers who have filed entries are four-time Indy 500 champion Al Unser and his son, Al Jr., who won the Indianapolis 500 twice. Indy Legends Pro-Am defending champions Robby Unser (A Production) and Paul Tracy (B Production) are also entered, as well as Jimmy Vasser, Willy T. Ribbs, Johnny Unser, Sarah Fisher, Davey Hamilton and Lyn St. James.