August 23, 2018 Warren Wilson joined AJ Foyt Racing in 2017 to prepare the shocks on both the No. 4 and No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolets. This season is Wilson’s third stint working with Tony Kanaan and Eric Cowdin. He was the gearbox technician on Kanaan’s team when he won his first IndyCar race at Michigan…
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August 18, 2018 LONG POND, Pa. –The home team didn’t have the advantage in the ABC Supply 500 today at Pocono Raceway. Starting 14th, Tony Kanaan’s race in the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet ended after just 15 laps with a throttle sensor failure which caused a loss in power. The team determined it would take…
August 18, 2018 LONG POND, Pa. – A strong run in practice this morning in which Tony Kanaan had the fastest “no tow speed” led to optimism for the ABC Supply 500 qualifying round this afternoon but those hopes diminished as speeds climbed with each successive qualifier who benefited from a combination of cloud cover and…
WALLER, Texas – ABC Supply prides itself on supporting its associates, its customers, and its race team– AJ Foyt Racing. This Sunday the nation’s largest exterior building products distributor will host nearly 1900 guests at the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, marking a new high in the company’s guest count at this event in the…
LEXINGTON, Ohio—Stumped. This weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course certainly had A.J. Foyt’s team scratching their heads as they tried to unlock the secrets to this 2.258-mile road course to no avail.
The race started off hopefully enough. Starting 19th in the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet, Tony Kanaan climbed to 14th by lap five, a combination of capitalizing on others’ misfortunes in the opening laps and the veteran’s experience here. Soon after, he started reporting understeer. When he pitted on lap 13, the team switched his alternate compound (red-rimmed) Firestone tires for primary compound tires. They put in a turn of front wing to help with the understeer.
He dropped behind his teammate Matheus Leist who pitted a lap later and they settled in at 17th and 18th which is where they ran until the next round of pit stops on laps 38 and 39. A bit of trouble on Leist’s stop dropped the 19-year-old to 20th while his teammate maintained 18th. With one final stop on lap 64, and taking on red tires, both drivers posted their fastest laps of the race in the closing laps but they couldn’t really improve their position. When the checkered flag flew, Kanaan finished 18th and Leist 19th in a race that ran caution-free for 90 laps.
“Tough weekend for the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet,” Kanaan said. “No matter what we changed we couldn’t get a good direction on our setup so it ended up being a survival race. We’re going to regroup this week and analyze what we’re missing in order to make it better. I’m looking forward to going to Pocono in a couple of weeks and putting on a good show for our sponsors.”
Leist was also frustrated with the weekend and acknowledged the team had their work cut out for them. “Today was a tough day,” he said. “We didn’t have the pace the entire race. We just tried to bring home the car, and I did the best that I could. We are still struggling to find the speed on road courses. We will focus on figuring this out for next year and for the rest of the season. We will keep working hard and figuring out how to be quick.”
Starting on pole, Alexander Rossi won the race and was the only driver who committed to a two-stop race, owing to the remarkable fuel mileage he was able to get from his Honda-powered car. Second through fifth were: Robert Wickens, Will Power, Josef Newgarden, and Scott Dixon, who continued to maintain his lead in the Verizon IndyCar point standings.
Team President Larry Foyt summed up saying, “It was a tough day for us as a team but we’ve got to keep working, keep our heads down and find a direction for the permanent road courses which have definitely been our Achilles heel this year. After the test here, we thought we had found a good direction but once we got to the track on race weekend, it certainly didn’t seem to be the right way to go. For the final two races of the season at Portland and Sonoma, we have to go back to the drawing board and figure out what this car wants on these road courses. For now, it is on to Pocono. We have high hopes and expectations of doing well there.”
The team will be heading to Pocono Raceway August 9th for a private test before the ABC Supply 500 at the 2.5-mile superspeedway on Sunday, Aug. 19. The race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network starting at 1:30 p.m. ET.
LEXINGTON, Ohio—Despite a positive test at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last week which saw Tony Kanaan second quickest out of the 13 cars that tested, the setup didn’t work when the team returned to the 2.258-mile park-like road course this weekend. And it was true for nearly every team that tested. Such is the…
July 25, 2018 AJ Foyt Racing crew member Marty Armstrong is in charge of preparing, building and maintaining the gearboxes for both of the ABC Supply Chevrolets. Growing up in Germany, Armstrong’s interest in racing began as a youth when his father took him to many different types of auto races. When he came to America in…
TORONTO—They call him “The Ironman” and he proved once again why. Competing in his 295th straight IndyCar race, Tony Kanaan posted his best finish of the season–sixth—in this year’s most physical race yet. His younger competitors were citing it as their toughest race yet and with good reason. Temperatures soared into the low 90s making…
July 14, 2018 TORONTO—On the streets of Toronto’s Exhibition Place, Matheus ”Matt” Leist posted his best qualifying run in the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet since the Indianapolis 500. He will start 12th in the Honda Indy Toronto. Leist advanced out of Round 1, and in a bit of strategy that almost worked in Round 2,…
NEWTON, Iowa —These are the races that try men’s souls.
From the start of the weekend, A.J. Foyt’s team was struggling at Iowa Speedway, the superfast 7/8-mile banked bullring of a track that brings out the best and worst in teams – sometimes at the same time.
Their struggle was exacerbated by having only an hour long practice before qualifying for the Iowa Corn 300 yesterday. Still the team appeared to make some progress with their ABC Supply Chevrolets as Tony Kanaan qualified 13th, running his fastest lap of the day in qualifying. Matheus Leist ran conservatively after crashing in practice when the car bobbled out of Turn 2 and spun, making contact with the wall. Leist would start 22nd. In the final practice session, Kanaan had improved to run ninth quickest and Leist ran 13th quickest giving the team hope for race day.
Race day conditions were quite a bit hotter than final practice, which, although taken into account, the hot and slippery track did play havoc with the cars’ setup. It was the most difficult race of the season for the entire team which has been working constantly since April with nary a day off between races and testing.
“It isn’t for a lack of effort,” said Eric Cowdin, the team’s technical director, noting the hard work and long hours being put in by the engineers, mechanics and drivers.
In the race, it appeared that both drivers were going to be in for a long day but as it turned out, Leist was told to park it after 40 laps.
“The car was too difficult to handle and he was just hanging on, so we brought him in,” said Team President Larry Foyt. “There wasn’t much sense in staying out there under the conditions.”
The more experienced Kanaan soldiered on to finish 17th. Both drivers are looking forward to getting back on the streets of Toronto next weekend.
The race was slowed by only two caution periods. The first caution came on lap 139 when rookie Zach Veach brushed the wall lightly (and was able to continue after a lengthy pit stop). With just seven laps remaining, the second caution was triggered by Ed Carpenter’s half spin which was straightened out when Takuma Sato clipped him. Both cars continued on but there was a piece of debris that had to be cleaned up, hence the race finished under caution.
James Hinchcliffe took the checkered, making the Canadian’s trip home to Toronto much sweeter. He had passed Josef Newgarden on lap 256 and was never headed. Newgarden had dominated the race to that point, leading 229 laps but had slipped to third by the time of the final caution. He had pitted for fresh tires but since the race finished under yellow, he placed fourth. Spencer Pigot finished second for a career best finish while Sato came in third. Hinchcliffe’s teammate Robert Wickens finished fifth and was the last car to finish on the lead lap.
The ABC Supply team heads back to the Indianapolis race shop to prepare both cars for the Honda Indy Toronto which will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network starting at 3 p.m. ET.