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Anthony Lazzaro (born August 26, 1963) is a NASCAR and sports car racing driver. He is usually classified as a NASCAR road course ringer; however, he has made other starts in the Nextel Cup Series. He also has open-wheel oval racing experience.

Anthony Lazzaro
Anthony Lazzaro 2014 Road America cropped.jpg
Lazzaro, 2014 Pirelli World Challenge race at Road America
Nationality American
Born (1963-08-26) August 26, 1963 (age 56)
Charleston, South Carolina
United SportsCar Championship
Years active20142015
TeamsExtreme Speed Motorsports, Scuderia Corsa, CORE Autosport
Starts5
Wins14
Poles0
Fastest laps0
Best finish25th in 2015
Previous series
19992013
19982013
20012002
2001, 2005
2000, 2003
2000
1999
1996–1999
American Le Mans Series
Rolex Sports Car Series
Indy Racing League
Nextel Cup Series
Busch Series
Craftsman Truck Series
ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series
Toyota Atlantic
Championship titles
1999Toyota Atlantic
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
2 races run over 2 years
Best finish66th (2001)
First race2001 Global Crossing at the Glen (Watkins Glen)
Last race2005 Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen (Watkins Glen)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
11 races run over 2 years
Best finish55th (2000)
First race2000 Alltel 200 (Rockingham)
Last race2003 Mr. Goodcents 300 (Kansas
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
1 race run over 1 year
Best finish91st (2000)
First race2000 Sears Craftsman 175 (Chicago)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
IndyCar Series career
6 races run over 2 years
Best finish30th (2002)
First race2001 Gateway Indy 250 (Gateway)
Last race2002 Gateway Indy 250 (Gateway)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 0 0
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years2003
TeamsRisi Competizione
Best finish26th
Class wins0

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Racing careerEdit

Lazzaro started in karting, winning numerous World Karting Association championships between 1987 and 1992.

Lazzaro came-up through the open-wheel ranks, first racing in the Olds Pro Series in 1993, winning at Road Atlanta, Watkins Glen, Dallas and again at Road Atlanta. He won the pole at Mid Ohio and a podium finish of third with other podium finishes at the Moroso National S2000 and at Trois Rivieres. He was also the Hooter Formula Cup Champion in 1995, winning 6 of the 14 races and 9 poles.

As a rookie in 1996, in the Toyota Atlantic Series, he won the race at the Milwaukee Mile. He won races in 1997 (Homestead-Miami Speedway) and 1998 (Road America, Laguna Seca Raceway, Houston). His rise culminated in a Toyota Atlantic championship in 1999. That year he won 4 races (Nazareth, Gateway International Raceway, Trois-Rivieres, Laguna Seca Raceway).

Lazzaro first began racing stock cars in the ARCA in 1999. At the ARCA event at the Talladega Superspeedway that year, Lazzaro was injured in a multi-car wreck late in the race after he made contact with Bil Baird and spun down to the grass, before his Thunderbird lifted off the ground and slammed the Turn 3 banking before being t-boned by Skip Smith. Lazzaro suffered a compression fracture of the thoracic T3 vertebra in the crash that eliminated half a dozen cars.

In 2000, Lazzaro raced ten Busch Series races for PPI Motorsports. He was planned to move up to Cup with the #96 McDonald's team. However, after a lack of results, he was released, and replaced by Andy Houston.

Besides the stint in the Busch Series, Lazzaro has raced mainly road course races, giving him the label of a road course ringer.

He also made 6 starts in the Indy Racing League in 2001 and 2002 for Sam Schmidt Motorsports with a best finish of 9th.

In addition, Lazzaro has had success in sports car racing. He won the GT3 class in the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1999, co-driving a Porsche 911. In 2002 he finished thrird in the SPII class after winning seven races. In 2003 he was fifth at the GT class of the American Le Mans Series, collecting six podiums with a Risi Ferrari 360. He took a GT win in the 2004 race at Lime Rock Park with Ralf Kelleners and ended seventh in the GT class. He made his debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003, also racing a Ferrari.

In 2013, Lazzaro got three podiums in the LMP2 class of the ALMS with Extreme Speed Motorsports. He also competed in the Rolex Sports Car Series driving a GT class Ferrari 458. With four podiums, he ended fourth in the drivers championship. He switched to the SCCA World Challenge for 2014, where he races a Ferrari 458.

Motorsports career resultsEdit

SCCA National Championship RunoffsEdit

Year Track Car Engine Class Finish Start Status
1993 Road Atlanta Van Diemen RF93 Ford Formula Ford 1 1 Running
Shannon 93PS Ford Sports 2000 27 2 Retired

American Open WheelEdit

(key)1995 Hooters Formula Cup champion with 6 wins and 9 pole positions.

Indy Racing LeagueEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pos. Pts
2001 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara IR-01 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 PHX HMS ATL INDY TXS PPR RIR KAN NSH KTY GAT
18
CHI TXS
13
38th 29
2002 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara IR-02 Chevrolet Indy V8 HMS
9
PHX
17
FON NAZ
9
INDY
DNQ
TXS PPR
22
RIR KAN NSH MCH KTY GAT
DNS
CHI TXS 30th 70

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2003   Risi Competizione   Ralf Kelleners
  Terry Borcheller
Ferrari 360 Modena GT GT 269 26th 8th

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Nextel Cup SeriesEdit

NASCAR Nextel Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NNCC Pts Ref
2001 TWC Motorsports 68 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX MAR TAL CAL RCH CLT DOV MCH POC SON
DNQ
DAY CHI NHA POC IND GLN
34
MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MAR TAL PHO CAR HOM ATL NHA 66th 61 [1]
2005 R&J Racing 37 Dodge DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL DAR RCH CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY CHI NHA POC IND GLN
28
MCH BRI CAL RCH NHA DOV TAL KAN CLT MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 73rd 79 [2]

Busch SeriesEdit

NASCAR Busch Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 NBSC Pts Ref
2000 PPI Motorsports 97 Ford DAY CAR
29
LVS
DNQ
ATL
42
DAR
34
BRI
43
TEX
DNQ
NSV
25
TAL
DNQ
CAL
26
RCH
30
NHA
27
CLT
DNQ
DOV SBO MYB MLW
32
NZH PPR GTY IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAR MEM PHO HOM 55th 718 [3]
SABCO Racing 82 Chevy GLN
16
2003 PPM Racing 03 Ford DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX TAL NSH CAL RCH GTY NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN
25
CLT MEM ATL PHO CAR HOM 127th 88 [4]

Craftsman Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 NCTC Pts Ref
2000 Billy Ballew Motorsports 32 Ford DAY HOM PHO MMR MAR PIR GTY MEM PPR EVG TEX KEN GLN MLW NHA NZH MCH IRP NSV CIC
22
RCH DOV TEX CAL 91st 97 [5]

ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde SeriesEdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 ABSC Pts Ref
1999 Hover Motorsports 80 Ford DAY ATL SLM AND CLT MCH POC TOL SBS BLN POC KIL FRS FLM ISF WIN DSF SLM CLT TAL
17
ATL 106th 145 [6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Anthony Lazzaro – 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  2. ^ "Anthony Lazzaro – 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  3. ^ "Anthony Lazzaro – 2000 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "Anthony Lazzaro – 2003 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  5. ^ "Anthony Lazzaro – 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  6. ^ "Anthony Lazzaro – 1999 ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 2, 2015.

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