Vail’s Buddy Lazier is running his 19th Indianapolis 500, on the 20th anniversary of his 1996 win

By Randy Wyrick

VAIL — Just think of Buddy as Lucky Lazier. He does.Lazier was racing Indy cars in Phoenix, Ariz., March 1996, when a crash left him with a back broken in 40 places.Two months later he won the Indianapolis 500, The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, on arguably racing’s most famous track. That win is often called one of the grittiest performances in sport , any sport – 3 hours, 22 minutes and 46 seconds to complete 200 laps and 800 left turns, 801 left turns if you count the turn into Indy’s Victory Lane. If the smile on his face is …

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