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Buddy Lazier

Robert Buddy Lazier
Nationality 22px-Flag of the United States.png American
Date of birth 10/31/1967
Place of birth Vail, Colorado
Related to Bob Lazier (father)
Jaques Lazier (brother)
Current series IRL IndyCar Series
First year 1996
Current team Hemelgarn Racing
Car number 91
Former teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Panther Racing
Sam Schmidt Motorsports
Starts 100
Wins 8
Poles 2
Fastest laps
Best finish 1st
Year 2000
Prev series CART
Prev series years 1989-1995
Titles Indy Racing League Champion
Title years 2000
Awards Scott Brayton Trophy
Award years 2003
Video Buddy Lazier's winning pass in the 1997 Charlotte 300K


Robert Buddy Lazier (born October 31, 1967 in Vail, Colorado) is an American open-wheel racecar driver. He won the 1996 Indianapolis 500 and has finished in the Top Ten in that race six times. Both his father Bob Lazier and brother Jaques Lazier are veterans of the Indy 500 as well.

Career

1989-2005

Lazier first appeared in CART beginning in 1989 driving for Gary Trout Motorsports and also participated in The Indy 500 as a rookie. In preparation for the founding of the Indy Racing League in 1996, he signed with Ron Hemelgarn's Hemelgarn Racing whom he drove in the Indianapolis 500 for in 1991.
Buddy Lazier driving at Laguna Seca in 1991
Buddy was one of the drivers in the first IRL race and won the 1996 Indianapolis 500, the first sanctioned by the IRL despite suffering a major back injury earlier in the season. Following the fame and money of the Indy win, a strong partnership between Buddy, Hemelgarn, and sponsor Delta Faucet formed. This partnership resulted in a model season for the team in 2000 with Buddy winning 2 races on his way to the series championship followed by a second place effort in 2001. Following the influx of former CART Teams and the new engine suppliers in 2002, Lazier and Hemelgarn had extreme difficulty competing at the level that they had before and they lost their sponsor following the 2003 season. Buddy only completed in the Indy 500 in 2004 for Hemelgarn and was signed to drive the 2005 Indy 500 for the Byrd Brothers and Panther Racing, placing fifth in the race, ahead of Panther's 2 regular drivers Tomáš Enge and Tomas Scheckter in a race that many believe may have resurrected his career.

In 2005, Buddy acquired a four-race deal with Panther Racing to drive the #95 Pennzoil/American Sentry Guard Dallara/Chevrolet. However, he received an extra race in Enge's #2 Rockstar Energy Drink Dallara/Chevrolet at Milwaukee on July 24. Enge was injured during a crash at the Nashville Superspeedway during the Firestone Indy 200 a week earlier. He logged four top-tens in the No. 95 and an 18th-place finish in Enge's No. 2 car. With Panther's contraction to a single car in 2006, Lazier was forced to search for another team, which he found in Robbie Buhl's Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

2006-2008

In 2006, Lazier raced in seven events for Dreyer & Reinbold with a best finish of 12th in the Indy 500. He was replaced by Aussie Ryan Briscoe for the Watkins Glen International race and Briscoe finished third. He was replaced again by Briscoe after the Kansas Speedway race on July 2, finishing a disappointing 15th after starting seventh. Lazier returned for the Michigan International Speedway race in August, but Sarah Fisher finished the season for the team in the two remaining races that Briscoe was not contracted for in the IndyCar Series.

Lazier did not have a contract as a regular driver for the 2007 IndyCar Series season. However, Lazier teamed up with Sam Schmidt Motorsports to race in the 2007 Indianapolis 500. Without a permanent ride, Lazier drove in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race with Billy Ballew Motorsports at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 22 of that year and finished 24th.
Lazier practicing for the 2008 Indianapolis 500

2008 began similar to 2007 without a full-time ride in any series. Lazier and Hemelgarn Racing reunited in a late effort to qualify for the 2008 Indianapolis 500. Lazier qualified on the third day of qualifying but was bumped from the field. He struggled to find speed early in Sunday's bump day session, but with less than half an hour remaining in the session the team completed major changes and made a qualifying attempt with no practice laps on the new setup. The attempt was not fast enough, so the team adjusted wing settings to remove drag from the car and went out for another attempt, again with no practice. This attempt was fast enough to bump Roger Yasukawa and put Lazier 32nd on the grid and earn them a $50,000 bonus for being the last driver to make a successful qualifying attempt.

Motorsports Career Results

American Open Wheel

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Champ Car

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Rank Points
1989 Lazier 22px-Flag of the United States.png
PHX
 
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LBH
 
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INDY
INJ
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MIL
 
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DET
 
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POR
 
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CLE
 
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MEA
 
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TOR
 
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MIS
 
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POC
 
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MDO
 
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ROA
 
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NZR
 
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LS1
 
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LS
DNQ
1990 Hemelgarn 22px-Flag of the United States.png
PHX
DNP
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LBH
DNP
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INDY
DNQ
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MIL
DNP
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DET
DNQ
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POR
13
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CLE
Ret
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MEA
DNP
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TOR
DNS
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MIS
Ret
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DEN
DNQ
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VAN
12
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MDO
Ret
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ROA
DNS
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NZR1
DNP
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NZR
Ret
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LS
DNP
29th 1
1991 Hemelgarn/Coyne/Walker 22px-Flag of Australia.svg.png
SRF
Ret
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LBH
Ret
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PHX
DNP
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INDY
Ret
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MIL
DNP
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DET
18
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POR
DNP
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CLE
11
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MEA
DNP
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TOR
Ret
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MIS
DNP
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DEN
9
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VAN
DNP
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MDO
Ret
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ROA
Ret
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NZR
DNP
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LS1
DNP
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LS
Ret
22nd 6
1992 Coyne 22px-Flag of Australia.svg.png
SRF
16
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PHX
14
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LBH
Ret
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INDY
Ret
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DET
Ret
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POR
Ret
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MIL
17
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NHM
DNP
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TOR
Ret
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MIS
7
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CLE
Ret
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ROA
13
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VAN
10
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MDO
Ret
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NZR1
DNP
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NZR
15
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LS
Ret
19th 10
1993 Leader Card 22px-Flag of Australia.svg.png
SRF
Ret
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PHX
Ret
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LBH
19
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INDY
DNQ
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MIL
15
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DET
Ret
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POR
DNP
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CLE
Ret
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TOR
DNP
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MIS
Ret
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NHM
DNQ
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ROA
14
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VAN
DNP
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MDO
20
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NZR
Ret
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LS
DNQ
38th 0
1994 Leader Card 22px-Flag of Australia.svg.png
SRF
DNQ
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PHX
13
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LGH
Ret
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INDY
DNQ
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MIL
18
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DET
17
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POR
Ret
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CLE
DNP
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TOR
DNQ
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MIS
Ret
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MDO
DNQ
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NHM
DNS
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VAN
Ret
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ROA
DNP
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NZR
DNQ
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LS
DNP
36th 0
1995 Project Indy/Menard/Payton/Coyne 22px-Flag of the United States.png
MIA
DNP
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SRF
Ret
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PHX
DNP
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LBH
DNP
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NZR
Ret
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INDY
Ret
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MIL
18
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DET
DNP
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POR
DNP
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ROA
DNP
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TOR
15
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CLE
DNP
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MIS
14
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MDO
DNP
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NHM
Ret
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VAN
DNP
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LS
DNP
35th 0

IndyCar

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
1996 Hemelgarn 22px-Flag of the United States.png
WDW
Ret
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PHX
DNS
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INDY
1
14th 53
1996-1997 Hemelgarn 22px-Flag of the United States.png
NHM
Ret
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LVS
Ret
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WDW
5
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PHX
Ret
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IND
4
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TXS
Ret
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PPIR
8
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CLT
1
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NH2
12
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LV2
Ret
8th 209
1998 Hemelgarn 22px-Flag of the United States.png
WDW
Ret
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PHX
Ret
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INDY
2
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TXS
Ret
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NHM
7
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DOV
2
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CLT
13
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PPI
7
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ATL
Ret
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TX2
6
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LVS
3
5th 262
1999 Hemelgarn 22px-Flag of the United States.png
WDW
10
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PHX
Ret
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INDY
7
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TXS
14
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PPIR
5
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ATL
Ret
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DOV
2
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PPI2
4
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LVS
11
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TX2
10
6th 224
2000 Hemelgarn 22px-Flag of the United States.png
WDW
2
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PHX
1
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LVS
Ret
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INDY
2
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TXS
7
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PPIR
Ret
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ATL
2
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KTY
1
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TX2
4
1st 290
2001 Hemelgarn 22px-Flag of the United States.png
PHX
3
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HMS
Ret
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ATL
6
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INDY
18
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TXS
4
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PPIR
1
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RIR
1
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KAN
5
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NSH
1
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KTY
1
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STL
13
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CHI
11
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TX2
Ret
2nd 398
2002 Hemelgarn 22px-Flag of the United States.png
HMS
Ret
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PHX
7
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FON
7
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NZR
Ret
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INDY
Ret
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TXS
8
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PPIR
15
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RIR
Ret
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KAN
7
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NSH
Ret
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MIS
13
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KTY
3
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STL
15
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CHI
3
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TX2
7
8th 305
2003 Hemelgarn 22px-Flag of the United States.png
HMS
DNP
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PHX
11
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MOT
Ret
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INDY
Ret
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TXS
13
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PPIR
10
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RIR
20
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KAN
13
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NSH
Ret
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MIS
12
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STL
11
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KTY
16
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NZR
13
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CHI
16
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FON
DNP
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TX2
DNP
19th 201
2004 Hemelgarn 22px-Flag of the United States.png
HMS
 
22px-Flag of the United States.png
PHX
 
22px-Flag of Japan.png
MOT
 
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INDY
Ret
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TXS
 
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RIR
 
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KAN
 
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NSH
 
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MIL
 
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MIS
 
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KTY
 
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PPIR
 
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NZR
 
22px-Flag of the United States.png
CHI
 
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FON
 
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TX2
 
30th 12
2005 Panther 22px-Flag of the United States.png
HMS
 
22px-Flag of the United States.png
PHX
 
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STP
 
22px-Flag of Japan.png
MOT
 
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INDY
5
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TXS
DNP
22px-Flag of the United States.png
RIR
DNP
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KAN
DNP
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NSH
9
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MIL
Ret
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MIS
6
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KTY
6
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PPIR
DNP
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SNM
DNP
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CHI
10
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WGL
DNP
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FON
DNP
23rd 140
2006 Dreyer & Reinbold 22px-Flag of the United States.png
HMS
Ret
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STP
Ret
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MOT
14
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INDY
12
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WGL
DNP
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TXS
Ret
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RIR
16
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KAN
15
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NSH
DNP
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MIL
DNP
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MIS
15
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KTY
DNP
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SNM
DNP
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CHI
DNP
18th 122
2007 Sam Schmidt 22px-Flag of the United States.png
HMS
 
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STP
 
22px-Flag of Japan.png
MOT
 
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KAN
 
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INDY
19
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MIL
 
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TXS
 
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IOW
 
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RIR
 
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WGL
 
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NSH
 
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MDO
 
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MIS
 
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KTY
 
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SNM
 
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DET
 
22px-Flag of the United States.png
CHI
 
28th 12
2008 Hemelgarn 22px-Flag of the United States.png
HMS
 
22px-Flag of the United States.png
STP
 
22px-Flag of Japan.png
MOT1
 
22px-Flag of the United States.png
LBH1
 
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KAN
 
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INDY
17
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MIL
 
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TXS
 
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IOW
 
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RIR
 
22px-Flag of the United States.png
WGL
 
22px-Flag of the United States.png
NSH
 
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MDO
 
22px-Flag of the Canada.png
EDM
 
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KTY
 
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SNM
 
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DET
 
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CHI
 
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SRF2
 
37th 13


Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
13 4 100 2 8 10 27 1 (1996) 1 (2000)

Indy 500 results

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1989 March Cosworth Practice Crash Lazier
1990 Lola Cosworth Did Not Qualify Hemelgarn
1991 Lola Buick 23rd 33rd Hemelgarn
1992 Lola Buick 24th 14th Leader Cards
1993 Lola Buick Failed to Qualify Leader Cards
1994 Lola Ilmor Failed to Qualify Leader Cards
1995 Lola Menard-Buick 23rd 27th Menard
1996 Reynard Ford-Cosworth 5th 1st Hemelgarn
1997 Dallara Oldsmobile 10th 4th Hemelgarn
1998 Dallara Oldsmobile 11th 2nd Hemelgarn
1999 Dallara Oldsmobile 22nd 7th Hemelgarn
2000 Dallara Oldsmobile 16th 2nd Hemelgarn
2001 Dallara Oldsmobile 10th 18th Hemelgarn
2002 Dallara Chevrolet 20th 15th Hemelgarn
2003 Dallara Chevrolet 21st 21st Hemelgarn
2004 Dallara Chevrolet 28th 23rd Hemelgarn
2005 Dallara Chevrolet 9th 5th Panther
2006 Dallara Honda 25th 12th Dreyer & Reinbold
2007 Dallara Honda 22nd 19th Schmidt
2008 Dallara Honda 32nd 17th Hemelgarn

External links

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Title Indy Racing Northern Lights Series Champion
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After Sam Hornish, Jr.
Title Scott Brayton
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