Bob Lazier

Robert Lazier (December 22, 1938 – April 18, 2020) was an American race car driver.

Bob Lazier at the 2018 SVRA Brickyard Vintage Invitational Pro-Am race

BiographyEdit

A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, he raced in the CART series in 1981 and was CART's Rookie of the Year.[1] He had fourth-place finishes at Watkins Glen International and Mexico.[2][3] Lazier also competed in the 1981 Indianapolis 500, finishing 19th after a blown engine caused him to retire the Penske PC-7 after 154 laps.[4] He was married to wife Diane and was the father of both 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier and Indy Racing League driver Jaques Lazier.[1]

Lazier competed in Formula 5000 in the 1970s.[5] In 2015, Lazier won the Indy Legends Charity Pro–Am race with co-driver Jim Caudle.

Lazier built the Tivoli Lodge in Vail, Colorado, in 1968.[6]

Lazier died on April 18, 2020, in Denver, Colorado, from COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic in Colorado.[7][8] He was 81.

Racing recordEdit

 
Bob Lazier at the 2018 SVRA Brickyard Vintage Invitational Pro-Am race

SCCA National Championship RunoffsEdit

Year Track Car Engine Class Finish Start Status
1970 Road Atlanta Zink Volkswagen Formula Vee 8 10 Running
Titan Ford Formula Ford 3 2 Running
1971 Road Atlanta March 71B Ford Formula B 1 9 Running
Zink Volkswagen Formula Vee 3 3 Running
1972 Road Atlanta Zink Volkswagen Formula Vee 2 1 Running
1973 Road Atlanta Zink Volkswagen Formula Vee 3 9 Running
1976 Road Atlanta Zink Volkswagen Formula Vee 19 6 Retired
1979 Road Atlanta Zink Volkswagen Formula Vee 12 23 Running

American Open Wheel racing resultsEdit

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Complete USAC Mini-Indy Series resultsEdit

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pos Points
1977  
TRE
 
MIL
 
MOS
 
PIR
7
19th 60
1980  
MIL
 
POC
 
MDO
2
 
MIN1
 
MIN2
 
ONT
13th 160

CARTEdit

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
1981 Fletcher Racing Penske PC-7 Ford Cosworth DFX V8 (t/c) PHX
12
MIL
13
ATL1
17
ATL2
9
MIS
Ret
RIV
5
MIS2
13
WGL
4
9th 92
March 81C MIL2
Ret
MEX
4
PHX2
13

Indianapolis 500Edit

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Entrant
1981 Penske PC-7 Ford Cosworth DFX V8 (t/c) 13 19 Fletcher Racing
1982 Eagle 80 Ford Cosworth DFX V8 (t/c) DNQ Wysard Racing

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Hausermann, Dick (2002-11-27). "The Laziers – Vail's fastest residents". Vail Daily. Archived from the original on 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  2. ^ "Mears Wins Wild One". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Associated Press. 1981-10-05. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  3. ^ "Mears Does It Again". Reading Eagle. 1981-10-19. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  4. ^ "Scoreboard: Auto Racing – Indy". The Bulletin. 1981-05-25. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  5. ^ "Oliver Wins Can-Am Event; Andretti Ends Long Slump". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. 1974-07-15. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  6. ^ Stoner, Edward (2006-03-31). "New face, same family at Tivoli Lodge". Vail Daily. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  7. ^ Miller, Robin (April 18, 2020). "Former CART Rookie of the Year Bob Lazier dies at 81". Racer.com. Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  8. ^ "Vail hotelier and Indy racing patriarch Bob Lazier dies after battling COVID-19". RealVail.com. Real Vail. April 18, 2020. Retrieved April 19, 2020.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dennis Firestone
CART Rookie of the Year
1981
Succeeded by
Bobby Rahal