INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Lyn St. James, unable to find sponsorship to stay with Dick Simon and Scandia Racing, will drive for Zunne Group Racing and McCormack Motorsports in the Indianapolis 500.

The 1992 Indy rookie of the year announced the one-race deal Tuesday.

Her car, a 2-year-old Lola-Ford Cosworth, was tested during the Rookie Orientation Program by Randy Tolsma, who will remain with the team in a 1993 Lola-Buick, owner Dennis McCormack said.

``We shook the car down for Lyn, knowing she was going to get in the car all along. We got it mechanically sound, now we just need to put the veteran driver in it to get up to speed,'' McCormack said.

St. James' best finish at Indianapolis was 11th as a rookie. She was eighth in the Indy Racing League opener at Orlando and 21st at Phoenix, driving both races for Scandia.

``This is my first Indy-car drive that's not predicated on sponsorship,'' she said of the switch to Zunne and McCormack, which will provide the crew and the engineering for the car.

Zunne, a San Antonio group formed in 1994, will look for additional sponsorship to keep St. James racing after Indianapolis, partner Toby O'Connor said.

``I never read anywhere that the IRL's goal was that drivers wouldn't have to buy rides,'' St. James said of her scramble for funding. ``Let's get honest with each other, folks, it's dollars that still make it happen. Whether the dollars come from the driver, the team owner, the car owner ... they've got to come from somewhere.

``The reality is that with IRL, it's going to take some less dollars, because you've got chassis costs that are going to come down, you've got engine costs that are going to come down. What it does is make the dollars more realistic,'' she said. ``You've all known me long enough to know how desperate I want to drive and how much I love it, so if I have to go sweep floors, if I have to go knock on doors to try to get sponsors to do it, then I'll do it.

``So, yes, I was working to try to raise sponsorship money so that I didn't have a duplicate of what happened to me last year.''

Last year, St. James qualified a car with just two days' practice after securing a last-minute sponsorship from an automotive supply and service center chain.

Her four-lap average of 225.346 mph put her 28th in the 33-car starting field, but it still was the fastest qualification speed by a woman in the history of auto racing, breaking her own record of 224.208 for the 1993 Michigan 500. She was 32nd at Indy last year after being involved in a six-car, first-lap crash that critically injured Stan Fox.

The only other woman to race at Indianapolis was Janet Guthrie from 1977-79.