Team enters Giebler, Lazier for Indy 500 field

NDIANAPOLIS -- Rookie Phil Giebler and veteran Jaques Lazier will drive cars Playa Del Racing has entered in the Indianapolis 500 on May 27.

Lazier, brother of former Indy winner Buddy Lazier, will be seeking to make his seventh appearance in the 500, including one in relief of Robby Gordon in 2004. His best finish was 13th in 2000.

Only 33 cars qualify for the race.

Giebler, who drove in the developmental Indy Pro Series, passed his IRL rookie test April 23 at Kentucky Speedway and will participate in the annual Rookie Orientation Program at Indianapolis starting Sunday.

The only other rookie entered so far is Milka Duno of Venezuela.

``It's an amazing feeling,'' Giebler said. ``I've wanted to do this for years.''

Giebler won his Indy Pro Series debut at Homestead, Fla., in 2004. He also has competed in F3000 and represented the United States in the A1GP series.

``I am really excited to get the chance go to the next level with a team like Playa Del Racing,'' he said. ``I know these guys are going to put together a solid car for me, and I'm going to have the opportunity to work with a stellar veteran teammate in Jaques Lazier.''