Former champ Lazier inks deal with Hemelgarn for Indy 500

Updated: April 30, 2008, 7:10 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Indy 500 winner Buddy Lazier will drive for the Hemelgarn Johnson race team in a bid for his 16th start at the speedway.

Lazier, who won the 1996 Indy 500 with car owner Ron Hemelgarn, hasn't driven in the IRL since he finished 19th at Indianapolis last year for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, his only race of the season.

"It's nice to be back together," he said of the one-race deal with Hemelgarn. "It's a last-minute program, but we're going to make the best of it. ...

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