Two drivers for Playa Del Racing — Phil Giebler and Jacques Lazier — an auto racing team that was founded in Playa del Rey, have qualified to compete in the Indianapolis (Indy) 500 that is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 27th, in Indianapolis.
Giebler, who qualified on Sunday May 20th, (known at Indy as “Bump Day”), will make his IndyCar Series debut at Indy after he bumped veteran driver Jimmy Kite for last place in the starting grid of 33 positions.
Giebler was named “fastest rookie” at Indy.
Giebler, driving a Panoz chassis Honda engine open-wheel car, qualified at a speed of 219.637 miles per hour with a time of 2:43:9071, according to the Indy500 Web site.
According to Playa Del Racing, Giebler is the first driver they have given the opportunity to move up to the next level of the Indy Racing League.
Giebler drove in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida for the team, finishing in seventh place after starting in the last spot and driving without second gear, according to Playa Del Racing co-owner Susan Schafer on the team’s Web site.
Lazier, a veteran race driver, is set for Row 10, Position number 28, and his brother Buddy, a former Indy 500 champion, is also in the starting grid at Indy in Row 8, Position number 22.
Jacques Lazier has previously raced at Indy for Playa Del Racing, and he has raced for other teams such as A.J. Foyt, Team Menard and Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
Playa Del Racing was founded in 2001 in Playa del Rey by Gary Sallee, who lived in Playa del Rey and team co-owner Susan Schafer, who attended Santa Monica College.
The team is now based in Indianapolis.
One hundred percent fuel-grade ethanol is being utilized at the Indy 500, which is biodegradable, renewable and ecologically friendly.
Information, www.playadel racing.com, www.indyca.com or www.indy500.com/.