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Former Indy 500 champ to drive for Schmidt team

Updated: April 11, 2007, 7:21 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Buddy Lazier, the 1996 Indy 500 champion, plans to return to the cockpit in May with Sam Schmidt Motorsports.

He announced the move Wednesday during a conference call with reporters.

Lazier has not driven in the Indy Racing League's first two races of the season nor does he anticipate competing in the next two races -- at Japan and Kansas City, Kan. -- before heading to Indy.

Even so, the 39-year-old Lazier believes he can be competitive in May ...

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