Four-times World 500cc Champion Eddie Lawson will return to action on four wheels this Friday when he races a Lexus at Phoenix International Raceway.

Lawson will join Chuck Goldsborough's Team Lexus in the Grand-Am Cup Sport Touring UnitedAuto 200, due to start at 6:00 p.m.

"As someone who has ridden motorcycles since I was 12 years old and followed his career, its an honour and privilege to have someone of his calibre and character with our factory effort," Goldsborough said.

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Baltimore-based Team Lexus is the defending Sport Touring I class champion and is also leading the 2003 team owner points race.

Goldsborough was not certain which of the team's three Lexus IS300s Lawson and co-driver Johnny Rutherford IV will be driving, saying that he will match the right drivers and cars before qualifying on Friday afternoon.

Lawson, known to motorcycle fans as "Steady Eddie" due to his faultless style, won his world titles in 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1989. His first three crowns came aboard Yamaha machinery, with the final taken on a Honda.

Eddie took 31 victories over his World Championship career and also won the AMA Superbike Championship twice.

After retiring from GP racing, Lawson had a brief career in CART and the IRL, but most of his racing activity of late has been in shifter karts for fun. The Phoenix race will mark his first start in Grand American competition.