Lazier Racing – Across the Bricks, One More Time [Racing Journal]

By Flinn Lazier:

Memorial day weekend had finally rolled around after the long off season for the Lazier Racing team.

Going into the month was probably one of the biggest scrambles we’ve ever had, as one of our old ‘partners’ decided to take some of our body kit and equipment. Finding new gear for our car proved to be a challenge and we were soon asking to borrow parts (even a steering wheel) from other full time teams.

Luckily we were able to bring everything together in time for about 30 laps of practice before qualifying.

Although this does not seem like very much time, the team came in and absolutely gave everything they had to get our car across the bricks once again. Rolling off the line for qualifying it was clear that our car was still in race trim as we never had the time to trim the car out for qualifying still having a lot of downforce in the car. But after the first qualifying season the team decided to take a little wing out to see if we could get maybe just one extra mile an hour out of her.

All said and done, laying it on the line, and putting on an unpredictable set up, we put down a very good time for our program placing the car in the 30th starting possession, the first time in Lazier Racing history that we have not been on the last row of the grid.

After a long week of media appearances it was finally time to see if we had anything new to bring to the speedway. Unfortunately we were missing one piece going into the race and that was the weight jacker. The weight jacker moves weight in the car to allow the driver to make balance changes while in the driving, a very important tool used at Indy.

We started off a little sluggish, we ran out of fuel right before coming in for our first pit stop having to restart the car which held us up and put us two laps down. After our first stop we started to make up ground again and made up 1 of our laps. We started to find a happy rhythm after the red flag and moved up to 26th.

Unfortunately we started to lose radio contact and the car soon became out of balance. The team could no longer give pit instructions for the moment and it started to become clear that the car was suffering from a creeping oversteer.

A tire can only be pushed so far. Entering turn two the car became unstable and threw the middle of the corner the right rear tire gave up sending Buddy and the car into the outside wall at 225MPH. The car spun so quickly he hit the wall head on pulling a several G impact and costing to a stop at the middle of the back straight away.

Luckily Dallara, Chevy, and the whole Indy Car team have become so advanced and so good in their work that he climbed out with only the wind knocked out of him and a sore chest. Without the extreme attention to detail by these groups people like Scott and even Buddy may no longer be with us today and the sport would not be the ex.

The Lazier Racing car suffered bodywork damage and slight brushes to the tub, nothing that can’t be fixed. With a new 2018 body kit, help from our partners, and the priceless work put in from the crew, we will be back and hopefully better than ever.

Every year we build our program and maybe someday we can grow into something much bigger than what we are now. For now we continue to grow the Lazier brand, Lazier name, and the three generation Lazier legacy. We will be coming out with shirts, hats, and other items soon on our web-site that will be announced soon on all of our social media branches. This amazing opportunity would not be possible without the Hulman George Family, everyone who volunteers during the month of May, Jeff Teague with The Factory, Dario, Stalk It, Chevrolet and all the crew members who give it their all during the month of may, Thank you!

Finn Lazier: Barber USF2000 MRTI [Racing Journal]

 

 

It was a very last minute deal but we had to take the chance. We were connected with Newman Wachs racing through one of my current team owners in another series and it turned out to be a good opportunity. About a week and a half before the race we committed and started to scramble to get all of our paper work done from physicals to applying for my FIA license.

We spent most the week working on logistics to get to the race and managed to get it done, the only thing that was missing was time in the car. Because of this, we were taking a gamble and it would mean we would most likely struggle the first few days competing against others with much more time in the car.

Arriving to Barber was a relief in itself, we were ready to go racing again. At the beginning of the weekend we struggled as expected, the car was not stable to my racing style and we had steering torch issues for the first day of testing.

By the first day of qualifying and racing, the car was slowly turning around, getting quicker quicker as I learned the team and they learned me. This was also the day I personally learned the most. The track was new to me so the rhythm of the track slowly started to get more familiar, and so did the racing style of others.

Race 1 was a large struggle because of our starting spot, moving up proved to be a challenge at this track and I was still getting in tune with the track and car, but it was the good kind of struggle.

Day two we continued to have severe balance problems in qualifying, but now having a race under my belt, and being able to use my past racing experience, I had a better feel as to how I would make it through the field. We started 22nd and fought our way through the field after an eventful first lap. Even at this point I was still learning and trying to understand what makes the cars happy, as the race went on we continued to gain pace. We rolled across the line 12th making up 10 positions and making it a semi successful weekend.

Learning the car in a short amount of time was a large challenge and gamble going straight into the race at a challenging circuit, but all in all we are happy with our results and hope to be back for more soon.

Huge thanks to the boy at Newman Wachs along with Stalk It, Bell Racing USA, and the Mazda Road to Indy for the opportunity

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MVL Motorsports’ Four F4 Drivers Are in the Thick of the Action at Homestead

INDIANAPOLIS, April 11 — Miller Vinatieri Leguizamón (MVL) Motorsports drivers topped the standings after practice, led several laps, and brought home one top-five and two other top-six finishes in the first event of the season for the F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda last weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla.
Jack William Miller’s move from karts to race cars was memorable, as the MVL rookie led two laps and went home to Westfield, Ind., on Monday with a fifth- and a sixth-place finish for his first weekend of competition ever in a formula car.
The way he got those two excellent finishes was perhaps most impressive. He started 18th before finishing fifth on Saturday, and he came up from 22nd place to finish sixth on Sunday afternoon. Although two of the three races ended under yellow, the sixth-place finish was hard-fought right to the finish line, as the seventh-place finisher was only 0.033 behind Miller’s #40 sponsored by Indy Dental Group and Blue Marble Premium Cocktails.
Miller started fourth in the second race, which was postponed from Sunday morning until early Sunday afternoon due to rain, but he led for two laps to record his first laps-led in the series in only his second race. His car moved during the standing start, however, so he received a drive-through penalty.
The tripleheader attracted 33 entries, four of which were fielded by MVL Motorsports.
Baltazar Leguizamón of Buenos Aires, Argentina topped the series’ first official standings issued in the new season when he set a sizzling time of 1:23.542 (96.095 miles per hour) for the 2.27-mile, 10-turn road course in the single practice session Saturday morning. That was 0.517 faster than the fastest time set during qualifications about two hours later. Leguizamón went on finish sixth in the first of three 30-minute races later Saturday afternoon with his Motorola-sponsored car.
Lawson Nagel of Fort Worth, Texas, who like Miller was making his first F4 starts, ended the weekend in a rousing way by coming from 28th to 14th in Sunday’s finale.
Alan Miller, Jack William’s uncle, had two rough trips but he improved his starting position by five places in the first race with his #65. Blue Marble Premium Cocktails and AMD Lasers sponsor the Newport Beach, Calif.-based driver’s car.
With the first event complete, the team is looking forward to one of the highlights of the year when the series competes on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway June 8-11 in conjunction with a Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) event.
For more information, see the team’s Web site at mvlmotorsports.com, follow it on Facebook @MillerVinatieriMotorsports, and see the series’ Web site at F4USChampionship.com.
Post-event quotes follow:
Jack William Miller: “I’m happy with the results we had at Homestead, but I’m disappointed that the car moved on the standing start for the second race. I know we have a great car, and we’ll be on the podium soon.”
Baltazar Leguizamón: “My results didn’t show the pace we had during practice; we had some bad luck during the races. It wasn’t the results we were looking for, but we look forward to Indy.”
Lawson Nagel:Overall my opening weekend in the car was a good learning experience. The first race didn’t start off great, as I backed into the wall a few laps in. The second race was a little better. I was moving up in the field until I was taken out in Turn 3 by another driver. My final race was the best of the weekend. I started 28th and got to 14th, and ran within half a second of the leaders.
 
Alan Miller: “I’m very happy with my results from the first race. I got hit from behind in the second race, which damaged my gearbox and ultimately caused me not to finish the third race.”
 
Dr. Jack Miller (team owner): “I’m extremely proud of the entire team. I want to thank Mitch Davis for his hard work in organizing and running such a good group of people. I’m also extremely proud of all four drivers for doing so well despite the stiff competition and the challenges we faced. We’re looking forward to our home race at Indy, and the rest of the season.”
About Miller Vinatieri Motorsports
Miller Vinatieri Leguizamón (MVL) Motorsports is a professional formula-car team owned by IndyCar veteran Dr. Jack Miller and Adam Vinatieri, a four-time Super Bowl champion and Colts kicker. Alejandro Leguizamón, an Argentinian businessman and former driver and team owner, and Chris Williams, the former co-owner of an Indy Lights team, are partners in the team. MVL Motorsports fields multiple entries in the F4 United States Championship, which is certified by the FIA. The cars are American-made Onroak Automotive North America (formerly Crawford Composites) F4-16 carbon-fiber chassis, with 160-horsepower, 2.0-liter Honda engines and Pirelli tires. For more information, see mvlmotorsports.com and follow the team on Facebook. The series’ Web site is at F4USChampionship.com.

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Flinn Lazier: Road Atlanta SCCA Super Tour Round 5 & 6 [Racing Journal]

By: Flinn Lazier

Going into the third weekend of the SCCA Super tour GP4 Series, we were expecting to struggle at the beginning of the weekend because of a last minute car rebuild. The rebuild meant we would have to start from scratch and find a fast set up quickly. The first day of open practice, we slowly dialed in some of the new components we installed, like brakes and conformability. This was before we started to push and play with the limits.

After getting the car to a comfortable balance we decided to throw on a fresh pair of slicks to see what we could put down.

The next season; we went out on slicks and set a 1:28.6, a second faster than 2nd and, what would be, the fastest time of the weekend. We only made one mistake, we put the slicks on two sessions early. After we ran the fast time we went out for two more 30-minute sessions. We didn’t have any other sets.

Quali came fast after testing Saturday morning. We were half a second off the time we ran the day before and the car felt like it was starting to loose grip. We got the red flag halfway through the session,  another car hit the tire barrier on the exit of turn 5. We sat 3rd for the moment but this gave us some time to recuperate and get ready for two hard pushing laps.

Coming up and under the bridge out of 10B I used all the road and prepped for two on the edge laps. Dancing through the track it was clear that the tires were slower from the previous day, coming across the line we qualified 2nd, two tenths behind P1, we were happy considering the life of our tires.

The race came came. It was sunny, dry and a great day to go racing. Off the line, we had a strong start and challenged for the lead, after the opening laps I could already feel weakness in the tires, using grace and pushing as carefully as possible we began to get closer and closer to the leader. Getting as close as two car lengths behind I planned my next move to overtake, but before I could the yellow flag fell, we were under a full course caution because of multiple wrecks.

Not losing a second of focus, we were ready for the restart. The green fell and the leader was not ready, we took the lead and lead for two more laps before the next full course caution. The race ended under yellow which meant we would take the win. Very happy with our result especially considering we had older tires then the rest of the field. The team pulled the car together at the last minute and still made it reliable and quick. We did great considering it was a very hard fought race in the field of twenty other Formula Enterprise drivers.

The next stop of the SCCA Super Tour could be at VIR (Virginia International Raceway) in April, but there is a possibility that we will stop by Miami for the first round of the 2017 US F4 season.

More to come!