New wine bar features premium Foyt Family Wines from vineyards in Napa and Sonoma
Speedway, Ind. May 20— Wine aficionados and racing fans can now share motorsports memories over a bottle of Foyt Family Wines’ award-winning Meritage, Chardonnay or Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon — just in time for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 this weekend. Starting tomorrow (May 21), the Foyt Wine Vault at 1190 Main Street is open for business.
The new wine bar is part of an expansion of A.J. Foyt Racing’s team offices in Waller, Texas. The team renovated the 45,000-square-foot Main Street building to serve as its central hub for the summer’s Midwest racing events. The newly renovated building includes an impressive wine bar serving the legendary racing family’s award-winning wine sourced from select vineyards in Napa and Sonoma, Calif., along with select craft beers.
“The Foyt Wine Vault is more than just a tasting room—it’s a slice of racing history. It’s a great place to relax with friends, and a cool venue to host your special events,” said co-owner A.J. Foyt IV. “We serve some of the best wines created in Northern California and a good selection of craft beers for your enjoyment. And oh, by the way, you can get a close-up look at the last Indy car that A.J. drove in the Indy 500 in 1992.”
Guests will find this venue as a pleasing and comfortable place to relax and enjoy the Foyt family’s premium wines, from delicate Rieslings and Sauvignon Blanc to full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Pairings include cheeses from Tulip Tree Creamery, meats from Smoking Goose and chocolate from The Best Chocolate in Town.
“Rich in taste and history, the Foyt Wine Vault in Speedway is a unique experience in both,” said co-owner Larry Foyt. “The Vault pays homage to A.J. Foyt. When you step through the doors, you’ll have an up close and personal look at the life and career of A.J. As you travel back in time, you’ll be sipping on Foyt’s award-winning California wines. It doesn’t get better than this.”
The Foyt Wine Vault will be open to the public Thursdays through Sundays with the following hours: Thursday, 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Friday, Noon – 1:00 a.m.; Saturday, Noon – 1:00 a.m. and Sunday, Noon – 10:00 p.m.
The wine bar also offers private tastings and will host public and private events. Its wine specialists will walk guests through the tasting lists, giving details such as how the wine was made and the history of Foyt racing. The Foyt Wine Vault may be booked for private events Mondays through Wednesdays.
As auto racing’s most inspiring champion, A.J. Foyt is the record winner of 67 IndyCar races and seven national championships. He is also the only driver to win all three major motorsport races: the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Speedway Town Council President David Lindsey welcomed Foyt Wine Vault to Main Street, citing its close identification with racing and innovation. “A.J. Foyt on Main Street further demonstrates that our community’s economic development is creating a place where a legend of the track would want to locate. This move is another big step in our revitalization,” he said.
Vince Noblet, director of the Speedway Redevelopment Commission, shared the sentiment: “When Speedway began its redevelopment plans in 2005, one of the dreams was to bring racing legends like A.J. Foyt and his team back to Main Street — the racing capital of the world. We’re primed to build upon our unique history and motorsports ancestry, which are integral parts of the rich fabric that makes Speedway a great place to live and work.”
“The Indianapolis Motor Speedway holds a rich part of my history and future,” said A.J. Foyt. “I remember what Main Street looked like when I first came to Indy, and the commission has managed to modernize it but retain the area’s history, too. We’re happy to be part of Speedway’s redevelopment.”
About Foyt Family Wines
Foyt Family Wines was created by Larry Foyt and A. J. Foyt IV, the son and grandson, respectively, of the racing legend. Both men joined the family business of racing. Larry has run in NASCAR races as well as the Indy 500 and A.J. IV ran his first Indy 500 at the age of 19. Joining forces with winemaker Tom Meadowcroft in 2009 to further pursue their passion for fine wines, Foyt Family Wines debuted with its release of No. 14 which was a 2006 St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. For more information:www.FoytWines.com.
About A.J. Foyt Racing
A.J. Foyt Racing, located 20 miles northwest of Houston, has been competing at the top levels of motorsports since 1965, nearly 50 years. With Foyt driving, his team won two Indianapolis 500s (1967 and 1977) and three national IndyCar championships. Since his retirement from driving in 1993, the team has continued to win, claiming two more national titles and the 1999 Indianapolis 500 with driver Kenny Brack. In 2014, Takuma Sato drove the No. 14 ABC Supply-sponsored Dallara/Honda in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Sato became the first Japanese driver to win in a major North American motorsports series with his 2013 Long Beach Grand Prix victory for AJ Foyt Racing. For more information: www.ajfoytracing.com.
About Speedway Redevelopment Commission
The SRC consists of five volunteers appointed by the Speedway Town Council. Using input from the entire community, the commission is charged with developing a plan to revitalize a 700-acre area, including Speedway’s Main Street and the large area to the northwest termed Area 2. More information about the SRC is available atwww.speedwayindiana.com.