INDIANAPOLIS — A car with an Omahan as part-owner will race in next Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.
Driver Buddy Lazier averaged 223.442 mph in four laps during Bump Day qualifying Sunday. That was good enough for Lazier’s No. 91 car — partially owned by Chris Nielsen of Omaha — to qualify 32nd in the 33-car race. Lazier will start in the middle of the 11th row.
Nielsen, 41, has an ownership stake in Lazier Partners Racing. Sunday will mark the group’s first Indianapolis 500. In mid-April, they bought the Chevy car that Lazier will race in the Indy 500.
Lazier, 45, will be the oldest driver in the field. In 16 runs at the Indy 500, he has five top-5 finishes, including a win in 1996. He won the 2000 Indy Car Series championship.
Ed Carpenter will start on pole in Sunday’s race. He qualified Saturday with an average speed of 228.762 mph. Defending champion Dario Franchitti qualified 17th (226.069 mph).