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Practice Report: ABC Supply 500

LONG POND, Pa.—Weather dampened Pocono Raceway but not the spirits of A.J. Foyt’s ABC Supply team as Tony Kanaan topped the two hour practice session today as 22 drivers dialed in their cars in preparation for Sunday’s ABC Supply 500. Kanaan posted a top speed of 216.354 mph in his No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet with about 45 minutes left to go in the session.

Due to the inclement weather in the morning, qualifying was cancelled to allow the race teams ample time to sort out their cars on the 2.5-mile tri-oval dubbed the “The Tricky Triangle.” The downside was that Kanaan and Leist will be starting 19th and 20th respectively because the grid will be set according to the entrant point standings.

“Decent day, obviously not being able to qualify hurt us a bit but we can’t control the weather so I think we have a pretty decent car,” Kanaan said. “Our biggest challenge is that we will be starting in the back and this track is not an easy track to overtake on especially in traffic. I’m excited, it was a good day, the boys are happy. We needed that today. So we’ll take one day at a time.”

“Solid session here at Pocono,” the 20-year-old said. “I think we managed to go through the program very well. Of course we didn’t have qualifying so we will have to start from the back tomorrow. I think we had a pretty good baseline car which is good and from thereon we worked on little issues the car had. After that we started working on traffic, so overall, I think it was a very nice session. I think it was one of the best sessions I had the whole year. It will be a hard race tomorrow, 500 miles, this race is not easy so we just have to concentrate on the right moves to move up on the grid.”

Second through fifth in the practice session were: Scott Dixon (215.761), rookie Santino Ferrucci (215.377), last year’s winner Alexander Rossi (215.373) and Simon Pagenaud (215.368).

The ABC Supply 500 will be broadcast live tomorrow on NBC Sports Network starting at 2 p.m. ET.

Notes & Quotes: ABC Supply 500

August 13, 2019  Doug Barnes has worked with AJ Foyt Racing several different times throughout his career which began in 1983. He rejoined the team this year and currently works as a mechanic on the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet driven by Tony Kanaan. We asked him a few questions… Where were you born and…

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Race Report: Honda Indy 200

July 28, 2019  LEXINGTON, Ohio—Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is a challenging course when you start at the sharp end of the grid because it is so difficult to pass. Starting in the back, A.J. Foyt’s team knew they had their work cut out for them. Matheus Leist and Tony Kanaan slipped through a mid-pack tangle…

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Qualifying Report: Honda Indy 200

LEXINGTON, Ohio—Disappointment and frustration summed up the feelings in the Foyt camp after qualifying today at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the picturesque, 13-turn, 2.258-mile permanent road course, nestled halfway between Cleveland and Columbus.

 

It was particularly frustrating for Matheus Leist whose No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet seemed to improve over the course of the weekend from where he started Friday morning. Leist was 19th in the first practice and seventh in the second practice– a bit misleading since not all drivers got the opportunity to run the quicker red tires due to a red flag incident. In the third practice, Leist was a solid 14th.

 

“Disappointing qualifying today,” said Leist, who will start 21st. “Very disappointing, considering we were running in or near the top 12 most of the time here. The car felt pretty good for most of the run but we are lacking getting the speed out of the car. We have one more practice tomorrow to figure it out before the race.”

 

“Too many things happening but I don’t think we found the setup. I thought we did,” Kanaan said after his qualifying run. “We were planning to do three laps (on the red alternate tires), we got caught in traffic – but that’s nobody’s fault – and we ended up only doing two. It was not a good day. We only have one way to go and that’s moving to the front. We have a warm-up (final practice) tomorrow and hopefully we’ll do a better job tomorrow than we did today.”

 

Will Power won the pole with a lap time of 1 minute, 5.1569 seconds (124.757mph). Completing the Firestone Fast Six were: Alexander Rossi, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Sebastien Bourdais and Felix Rosenqvist.

 

There will be a 30-minute warm-up at 12 noon tomorrow providing a final opportunity for the teams to fine-tune their cars. The Honda Indy 200 will be broadcast live on NBC starting at 4 p.m. ET. It will also be available on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network and SiriusXM Radio, Channel 209.

Notes & Quotes: Honda Indy 200

July 24, 2019  Mark Stewart joined AJ Foyt Racing in January of this year. He currently works on the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet driven by Tony Kanaan. We asked him a few questions… Where were you born and raised? MS: “North side of beautiful Phoenix, Arizona.” How did you get involved in racing? Where did…

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Race Report: Iowa 300

July 21, 2019  NEWTON, Iowa—Torrential downpours and track weepers slowed the start of the Iowa 300 for four and a half hours which was set to start at 6:15 PM CT. The 10:45 PM start may have set a record for the start of an NTT IndyCar Series race.  When the race concluded at 1:15…

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Qualifying Report: Iowa 300

NEWTON, Iowa—Under hot and sunny skies, Tony Kanaan posted his best qualifying effort of the season but he was disappointed in the run which will see him line up 13th in the Iowa 300 at Iowa Speedway tomorrow evening.

Kanaan had posted a time that was seventh quick in the morning practice (he was never out of the top 10), so he was optimistic about his chances in qualifying, hence his disappointment.

“Frustrating, I think I could have been a little bit better,” said Kanaan, who won the race here in 2010 (from 15th on the grid) and finished on the podium from 2010 through 2014. “Obviously the track had some oil dry (from the ARCA Series’ final practice) and that’s the price we pay when we qualify early. The track is only going to get better. The way you do the qualifying order now is by championship points and we didn’t do ourselves any favors by being in the back. This is a track where I led over 500 laps in the course of my career and have a lot of podium finishes so I’m hopeful this will be our turnaround weekend for sure.”

Leist, who had won the Indy Lights race here in 2017, will start 22nd tomorrow night.

“Tough qualifying here at Iowa to be honest,” Leist said. “I thought we were going to be a little bit better but it is what it is. The track was really dirty on the outside and I’ve been running the outside all practice long. I never tried the inside and on my warmup lap I had a moment because the track was so slippery, so I had to change the line and try the inside. Everybody has to adapt but I don’t know, didn’t quite do a great job today. Just looking forward to the race now.”

With a two-lap average speed of 180.073mph, Simon Pagenaud won his second straight pole position (and third of the season) as he outpaced his teammates Will Power and Josef Newgarden. Rounding out the top five were Takuma Sato and James Hinchcliffe.

The 300-lap race will be broadcast live tomorrow starting at 7 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network. It will also air on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, SiriusXM Radio, channel 209.

Notes & Quotes: Iowa 300

July 16, 2019 Andrew Copeland joined AJ Foyt Racing in 2010 as a mechanic. He currently works on the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet driven by Matheus Leist. We asked him a few questions… Where were you born and raised? AC: “I was born in New Orleans where my Dad was attending seminary at the time. About…

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Race Report: Honda Indy Toronto

Race Report: Honda Indy Toronto July 15, 2019 TORONTO—Good news. Bad news. The Honda Indy Toronto won’t show the great results but dig deeper and the lap times recorded by Matheus Leist were on par with those cars running in the top five, certainly the fastest laps of the weekend for the No. 4 ABC…

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Qualifying Report: Honda Indy Toronto

July 13, 2019 TORONTO – Toronto is one of the favorite venues in the NTT IndyCar Series for the ABC Supply Racing drivers Tony Kanaan and Matheus Leist but this weekend has been frustrating for both of them. After qualifying today on the 11-turn, 1.786-mile street circuit, Leist will start 19th and Kanaan 22nd in the…

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