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Bob Lazier (1938–2020), Indy 500 driver and father of Indy winner Buddy Lazier

by Linnea Crowther

Bob Lazier was a race car driver who was the Rookie of the Year at the 1981 Indianapolis 500, as well as the father of drivers Buddy Lazier and Jacques Lazier.

Rookie of the Year

After getting his start in SCCA club racing in the 1970s, Lazier raced in the Mini Indy series and in Formula Super Vee. His Indianapolis 500 debut was in 1981, driving for Bob Fletcher. Lazier was CART Rookie of the Year and finished 19th. He returned to the Indy 500 in 1982 but didn’t qualify. Lazier was the father of 1996 Indy 500 winner Buddy Lazier and Indy Racing League racer Jacques Lazier. In 2013, Lazier and his son Buddy formed Lazier Partners Racing.

What people said about him

Full obituary: Indianapolis Star

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