Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Buddy Lazier took to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil (his 20th start at the Indianapolis 500).

Lazier will be competing in the race in the No.44 Lazier Racing Stalk-It Tivoli Lodge Chevrolet.

Lazier, who missed the opening three days of practice this week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ended Thursday’s action by rounding out the order in 33rd place having completed just one lap.

Speaking following his day in the car he commented by saying:

After our late start, today went really well. We would have liked to run more, obviously. We did two installation runs; one for the motor and one for telemetry and we are ready to go all out tomorrow. The team has obviously expanded significantly as the week has went on and we are about where we need to be right now. I know my way around this track, it’s my 20th start this year. I’m super appreciative to Chevrolet and all the partners on our effort that have brought us to this point. For a late start, we are in really great shape.

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