Lacy Makes Dramatic Grand-Am Cup Debut at Homestead

Ian Lacy placed ninth in his first Grand-Am Cup race driving the Schuitemaker Motorsports Nissan 350Z. Starting 27th in class the car was down two laps to the race leader when Lacy replaced his co-driver after the first full-course caution, commencing a two hour run. The three hour endurance race at the Homestead Speedway in Florida was postponed six days from the original date to September 17, 2004 due to the existing Hurricane.

"We are very pleased with Ian's performance" states team principle Michiel Schuitemaker. "Considering this is not only Lacy's first time in the Grand-Am Cup but first race with this team as well." Schuitemaker comments "He works well with everyone, looks after the car, and runs lap times competitive with race leaders. We would like to have him join us for future races."

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The Schuitemaker crew brought Lacy in early during his drive and sacrificed track position for a full tank of fuel, ultimately helping to gain a lap back. Over the next hour and a half Lacy continued moving up the field, eventually running high as seventh place. "When I got in the car I really had my work cut out for me" says Lacy. "Driving absolutely as hard as I could and racing with other cars every single lap. The team also made some great calls with fuel strategy and we were able to start moving up." The combination of Lacy's pace and excellent pit strategies led to an unexpected ninth place finish for the team.
"I had an amazing experience; this was a classic endurance race. Raining for half an hour early in my run, the car was sliding around a little since the decision was made to stay out on dry tires. It was fun working the team's strategy to our advantage and practicing getting in and out of the pits as fast as I could. The only element missing was night driving" says Lacy.

Racing mainly formula cars in his career, Lacy recently ran in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship of 2004. Results in this series led directly to his opportunity to race the #34 Nissan 350Z. "I really want to thank everyone involved with the series again. I have been able to regain some momentum in my career and owe it all to the help from people at Formula Motorsports, Primus Racing, and JDC Motorsports. Many thanks also to everyone at Schuitemaker Motorsports and Arai helmets." Ian Lacy is currently seeking necessary funding to complete the Grand-Am season. "I really enjoyed working with the guys and the Z is a blast to drive, I hope I can return for another race."