May 31, 2005 - Buddy
Lazier managed to pull-off a 5th place finish at the 89th
running of the Indy 500 on May 29 despite a damaged front wing that was
broken in three places and a crash during practice on Friday.
Panther Racing was
having a great day with all three cars (#2 Tomas Enge, #4 Thomas
Scheckter, and #95 Lazier) running in the top ten and Lazier setting one
of the fastest laps of the race at 226.930 on lap 123, when Enge and
Scheckter were caught-up in an incident with Jeff Bucknum and Danica
Patrick on lap 155, effective taking both out of the race. Enge would
finish the race 19th and Scheckter 20th.
Lazier had qualified 9th
at 226.353 MPH for the race, Enge qualified 10th at 226.107
MPH, and Scheckter had qualified 11th at 226.031 MPH.
Working with the Panther
Racing team, HPCs owner, Jeff Holm, spent most of Friday and all of
Saturday rebuilding Laziers #95 Panther/Jonathan Byrds/ESPN 950AM car
after a crash during Fridays practice session.
HPC provides various
coatings and engineering support for the Panther team.
The Official Website of Panther Racing
Photos courtesy of Panther Racing