Buddy Lazier, the 1996 Indianapolis 500 champion, plans to return to the cockpit in May with Sam Schmidt Motorsports. Lazier doesn’t anticipate competing in the next two races before heading to Indy. "I have a lot of confidence where I’m at as a racing driver," Lazier said. "I have an equal amount of confidence in the crew that Sam has amassed."
Jonathan Bomarito of Monterey, driving for PR1 Motorsports out of Fresno, turned in a solid run to finish third in the caution-filled season-opening Vegas Grand Prix on Sunday for the Champ Car Atlantic Championship on a 2.44-mile temporary street course in downtown Las Vegas.
Bomarito and the rest of the Atlantic field will again be with the Champ Car World Series this weekend at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the crown jewel of Champ Car’s season.
"Unfortunately, we had so many yellows," Bomarito said. "It was basically who could time the restarts and be quick on two lap bursts."
Brazil’s Rafael Matos of Sierra Sierra Enterprises got the best of the field on the final restart and raced to his second career Atlantic victory.
"Unfortunately for the fans, there was not much racing, but when there was green-flag racing, there was a lot of going back-and-forth among the top four so, hopefully, they enjoyed that. It was an exciting race [with a large field of 27 entrants]. The restarts are very tricky entering the chicane and you have to get the timing right. Each time it was catching me out a little bit but then at the end I got it right and got around James [Hinchcliffe, for third]."
Bret MacDonald ofDublin was one caught up in the carnage. He was knocked out of the race in a crash after 12 laps in his debut race in the series and finished 23rd.
FISHER TO RACE AT INFINEON: Sarah Fisher, always at the top of the popularity charts in her IndyCar career, has returned to the series and will compete at all five of the IndyCar Series road-course events in 2007, including the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway Aug. 26.
Fisher had previously signed with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing to compete in the oval races, so she now will be involved in all 17 events.
FERRARI CHALLENGE AT INFINEON: The North American Ferrari Challenge Series will be at Infineon Raceway for its third race of the 2007 season this weekend.
Weekend festivities will include racing action in the F430 Challenge and the Ferrari Historic Challenge divisions.
- David Coffin
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