During the 2003
NHRA World Finals at Pomona, IRL star, Jaques Lazier stopped
by the Frantic Four pit and got a first hand introduction to
drag racing and a healthy taste of nitro.
In 2002 Jaques
competed in four races for Team Menard before being injured in
a two-car accident in April at Nazareth. He suffered a fractured
back and missed the remainder of the 2002 season. Short season
was highlighted by starting second and finishing second at California.
Lost race to Sam Hornish Jr. by .0281 of a second, the fifth-closest
finish in IRL IndyCar Series history. Jaques led 45 laps of race,
including laps 183-198, before relinquishing lead to Hornish.
He returned to an IRL car for first time since his injury for
testing Oct.12, 2003 at Kentucky. Jaques is ready for a full
season in 2004 with Team Menard.
Jaques Lazier with wife
Angelique and son Cayden.
Fitted his own fire suit and
helmet, Jaques gets fire up instructions from Norm Weekly and
Ron starts the engine as Norm
supervises the flipping of the mag switch. The starter is activated
and the fire breathing hemi comes to life.
Jaques is in awe over the sheer power of the blown
The Menard team
is going to be very perplexed when Jaques asks for more nitro!
this is what the Frantic 4 Racing Team is about. They are a win
win for everyone - fans, sponsors and racing in general.
Jaques Lazier Bio
of the Frantic 4 program is family involvement. Also at the NHRA
Finals Ron Rivero surprised his oldest daughter, Kristi with
a fire up. Although she's been around racing her entire life,
she'd never actually sat in a running dragster.
"Dad" and Uncle Norm
get Christie into one of Ron's old firesuits, then go over the
car with her.
Obviously the smile couldn't
be wiped off her face, especially when Dad gave her one of the
helmets he wore during his driving career.
Uncle Norm shows Kristi where
the mag switch and fuel shut off are.
Photo says it all!
With the 354 hemi belching 92%
nitro, Norm monitors the idle while Kristi enjoys "the ride".
Four Fire Up Video #1
Four Fire Up Video #2