Wednesday, May 08, 2013 3:17 pm
Lazier becomes 33rd driver to join Indy 500 field
The Associated Press
Track officials announced Wednesday that Buddy Lazier, the 1996 race champion and 2000 series champ, will drive the car for a team owned by his father, Bob.
If Lazier and the other 32 drivers on the entry list qualify, the race will start with its traditional 33-car field. Qualifying for the May 26 race is scheduled for May 18-19.
Lazier is one of only three former 500 winners attempting to start this year's race, joining three-time winners Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti and 2008 champ Scott Dixon.
The 45-year-old Lazier says the deal was finalized April 30 and that sponsors have been coming on board almost daily. Lazier was not listed on the final entry list, released Tuesday.