Tuesday, May 3, 2016

R100: Getting Down to Brass Tacks for this year's Indy 500 Race (P27-30)

Buddy Lazier's 1996 Indy 500 winner on display at IMS Hall of Fame museum - Circa 2012. (The Tomaso Collection)
Believe in Thy grand scheme of A-L-L thingys' Mother Speedway, these selections would be the Outside of Row-9 and entire Row-10, perhaps...

Continuing on alphabetically, not to be Cornfuzed with Thy Faux-netics' of Thy ARSE-Steamed Screen Reader 'Lucy hear in Nofendersville, we'll continue with Age before Beauty; Hya!

Lazier Partners Racing
Engine: Chevrolet
#91) Buddy Lazier; USA

Buddy Lazier is best known as the winner of the 1996 Indianapolis 500, which he did after having suffered a broken back two months earlier at Phoenix International Raceway! As its hard to believe he'll be attempting to celebrate the 20th anniversary of said victory from the best seat in the house, his family's #91 Dallara-Chevy racecar!

As the 2000 Indy Racing League champion hopes to make the field for his 19th Indy 500 event and add to his staggering lap total of 2,797-laps circulated round Mother Speedway! Whilst at age  48 would most likely make him  the race's Elder Statesman...
PIRTEK Team Murray
Engine: Chevrolet
#61) R-Mathew Brabham; USA

(R = Rookie)

Mathew Brabham's Grandfather was the legendous' Sir Blackjack, nee triple F1 world champion Jack Brabham, who passed away nearly two years ago at age 88. While his father Geoff was also a fairly accomplished racer, having won the IMSA GTP Championship four-times consecutively, along with winning le 24 Heurs du Mans for Peugeot.

As "Mattie B" who dominated both the USF2000 and Pro Mazda series en route to winning both titles convincingly,  found life a little bit more difficult in Indy Lights aboard the old-style "Tank" Dallara, where he  drove for Michael Andretti's squad, scoring his lone Lights victory on Mother Speedway's road course NO less!

As he and then Andretti Autosport team-mate Zach Veach both thought they'd  done enough in Lights to graduate to Indy Cars, albeit both ran into  Thy nebulous Sponsorship Death-star!

Yet Matt's managed with help from a family friend named Brett Murray, who apparently knew Sir Jack and promised to help kick-start his Grandson's Open Wheel Racing career. Successfully putting together the necessary funding for a two-race deal for this May's Indy Double in a car prepared by KVSH Racing, whilst certainly wishing to garner more seat time  afterwards, like several of his single seater Mates' aspire too also..

As the car number was specifically chosen to  represent the first year his Grandfather stunned the field with his revolutionary rear-engine racing car, which ultimately changed single seater  racing  forever afterwards.

And when Mathew Brabham takes the green flag in this year's Indy 500, his family will become only the third ever three generation family to race at Indianapolis, preceded by the Vukovich's and Andretti's.

As the name Brabham rightly belongs with such legendary Family names steeped in Brickyard lore, i.e.; Unser's, Andretti's, Vukovich's and sadly Bettenhausen's...

The following RLLR* entry of IndyCar rookie Spencer Pigot shouldn't be counted twice, as I've just included him since he's been waiting patiently on the Sidelines since March 13's season opener to resume racing...

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing*
Engine: Honda
#16) R-Spencer Pigot; USA

(R = Rookie)

Reigning Indy Lights champion Spencer Pigot made his B-I-G CARZ', nee IndyCar debut 'Wayback on March 13th at St Petersburg, Florida, where the California native finished a respectable 14th. Since then he's been waiting patiently to resume his IndyCar career with the final two paid-for by Mazda drives alongside Graham Rahal. As hopefully funding can be found to run Pigot in more races and not see him disappear like many Lights champions have done after their graduation present dries up, i.e.; Gabby Chaves, Tristan Vautier, etc.

And just one day prior to this year's Long Beach Grand Prix, RLLR announced partnering with Teddy Yip, Jr. who's reviving his father's passion for motor racing by relaunching Senior's fabled racing team Theodore, by returning to Indianapolis for this year's Magnanimous 100th running...

For the "Last Row's" contestants, P31-33, see; R100: Getting Down to Brass Tacks for this year's Race - The Last Row

(Photo Courtesy of No Fenders ‘Offical Photographer ‘CARPETS)