Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bell, Lazier Land '500' Rides

KV Racing Technology announced Saturday afternoon the signing of IndyCar veteran Townsend Bell to the team's 3rd entry for next month's Indianapolis 500.

The 38-year-old Bell will compete in the No. 6 Robert Graham sponsored Chevrolet alongside teammates Sebastien Bourdais and Sebastien Saavedra. Robert Graham, a luxury fashion brand, was an associate sponsor on Bell's 2013 'Turbo' entry.

"In 2001, Jimmy was my teammate in my first Champ Car event and in 2009 I had my best finish at Indy racing with KVRT, so coming back to the defending Indy 500 champions, is special," said Bell. "I will be working with one of my favorite engineers, Gerald Tyler, so that is also a big plus. Finally, I want to express my gratitude to Robert Graham for their support. Without them this would not be possible. I wear Robert Graham clothing, as most of your know from last year's fedora and I am proud to represent the company."

The California native has 7 Indianapolis 500 starts under his belt with three top 10's including a 4th place finish in 2009 with KVRT. Bell's rookie year came in 2006 with Vision Racing and returned in 2008 with Dreyer & Reinbold. Three consecutive seasons from 2010-2012 with Sam Schmidt's team followed his year with the Jimmy Vasser and Kevin Kalkhoven led KVRT quad. Bell ran the 2013 '500' with Panther Racing.

1996 Champion Returning

A year after a successful, last minute, thrown-together effort, Lazier Partners Racing has confirmed their return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this May.

Buddy Lazier, the 1996 '500' and 2000 Series Champion, will return to IMS in the No. 91 University of Iowa Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research Chevrolet.

Bringing awareness to the Research Institute, Buddy and Kara Lazier's daughter, Jacqueline, was born with Aniridia, a genetic condition resulting in the lack of an iris.

Lazier returned last year to start 32nd and finish 31st for the first time since failing to qualify for the 2009 Indianapolis 500. The 46-year-old will be attempting to make his 18th Indianapolis 500 start next month.


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