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Foyt Racing practice report – Indy GP of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS April 10, 2015– The first practice session for the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana was a struggle for the ABC Supply team as the Verizon IndyCar Series made its first visit to NOLA Motorsports Park. By the second session, however, the drivers were more comfortable with the cars and optimistic about their chances for the weekend.

In the first session, which was run under hot and humid conditions, the cars were deep on the speed charts (22nd and 23rd) and neither driver was happy. However, after analyzing the data, the engineers were able to come up with a setup that gave the drivers more confidence. Only 18 cars ran in the second session as some teams did not practice due to the less than ideal track conditions.

Takuma Sato, who was ninth in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda, said “It was a difficult first day for NOLA. The first session we were struggling with the grip level and the balance when the track was dry and we had to go through a lot of items and data to figure out why. In the second session, the track conditions were a little tricky because it was damp but towards the end it was 80-90 percent dry but there were still a couple damp spots. It’s relative but the car improved a lot and the car is in the ballpark. It was a good improvement and we were very happy that we were able to run the second session to check it out.”

Jack Hawksworth, who was 11th in the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda, also felt better about the improvement to his car’s handling, and said, “We didn’t roll off in the direction we should have but we wanted to try something that we thought was the way. We found a new direction the second session and I think it made a big difference. Both cars are looking a little bit better now and hopefully we can have a good day tomorrow.”

Tony Kanaan, in the Ganassi Chevrolet, was the quickest of the day with a time of 1:18.8743 (125.058 mph) around the 2.74-mile road course, a time he set in the first session. All of the times in the first session were quicker than the second session due to better track conditions.

The teams have one more practice session tomorrow before qualifying which will be televised live on NBC Sports Network tomorrow starting at 5 p.m. ET. The 75-lap race will be broadcast live Sunday afternoon starting at 2:30 E.T.

AJ Foyt Racing Notes & Quotes: Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana

Notes & Quotes: Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana

Takuma Sato: No. 14 ABC Supply Honda
Jack Hawksworth: No. 41 ABC Supply Honda

TAKUMA SATO ON:

* NOLA Motorsports Park: “It’s a new track for us, so to optimize the set-up will be a one of the challenges. Also, there are a few fast corners around this track so that’ll be challenging for the driver. Turns 1 and 3 are probably the most popular places for to pass at NOLA and at the end of the back straight could be another one. There will be slight modification for Turn 1 from when we tested there so we will see, but it seemed very bumpy on the inside of the braking area toward Turn 1 so that will be a bit of a concern when overtaking.”
* NOLA’s similarity to other tracks: “Everyone says it feels like the Indy road course. That’s because the track is very flat and has a couple of high-speed chicanes. To me, there are some bumpy, tricky corners which remind me a little bit of Edmonton’s airport circuit. It’s in a big, open field and you can see pretty much everything from the grandstands. There is not much of a real run-off area and that field is a little rough if you go off, so that’s similar to Edmonton too. However, NOLA will be installing some new gravel areas so that will improve the safety of the track. I look forward to going there.”
* New Orleans: “I’ve been to New Orleans for an appearance for our sponsor ABC Supply but it was just in and out the same day, so it wasn’t a real city visit. Downtown sounds a lot of fun: great food, Jazz music and many events around the historical Jackson Square. I don’t know how much time I can spend there on the race weekend this time, but I am certainly very interested to visit a new place!”
* The St. Petersburg race: “We are very concerned about the fragility of the new aero kits, and increased possibility of pieces coming off the car. There were some long yellows because of that at St. Pete. However, the new aero kit brings excitement to: the cars go faster, there is great competition and the engine improvement definitely boosts our chances for good results. There are many elements we could improve and the race result could have been better, but generally speaking we were satisfied with our performance. I feel we will be building a good season ahead.”

JACK HAWKSWORTH ON:

* The 8th place finish at St. Petersburg: “St. Pete was a very good race in the circumstances. Starting at the back puts you in a tricky position but fortunately the team was able to run a really good strategy and get me into clean air. Even more importantly, we had a very fast car which allowed us to set the necessary lap times to vault up the field once all the pit stops had shaken themselves out. There’s certainly a very positive atmosphere in the team at the moment and we are very excited about the speed of both cars. Hopefully we can have a clean weekend at NOLA, qualify at the front and make things a little bit more straight forward for ourselves in the race!”
* What he learned at St. Pete: “There is a lot of turbulence when following other cars in comparison to last year due to the new aerodynamic kits, plus the front wings are also a little more fragile. I don’t think it’ll take long for the drivers to adjust, but certainly the style of racing is going to change a little this year as car preservation is more critical than with the old DW12 aero kit. From the team’s perspective, we were able to continue our development and understanding of the new aero package as well as continue to smooth out the operational side of expanding to two cars.”
* Going to new venues: “I really enjoy going to new circuits. It’s always exciting to see which teams and drivers can understand the circuit quickly with the limited track time we get over the course of a race weekend. The strategy is always very interesting as well due to the fact we have no previous race data to call on. It makes for some interesting races!”
* NOLA Motorsports Park: “It reminds me of a slightly quicker version of the IMS (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) road course as they’re both very flat with a couple of quick corners and some long straights with big braking zones. Hopefully this should open up a lot of overtaking opportunities in the race.”
* Drivers giving more room at NOLA: “I certainly don’t think you’ll see quite as much bumping and banging as we have seen in recent years because the front wing structure is just not as strong as previously. Having said that, this is IndyCar racing and it is always furious, fast and aggressive. I think they’ll be a lot of action this weekend.”

* ABC Supply roofing customer, Sunrise Homes, located in Slidell, LA won the ‘Your Name Here’ contest for the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. The company name will be atop the sidepods of the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda. Guests will receive the VIP treatment plus a Meet and Greet with Jack Hawksworth.

* A. J. Foyt makes cameo appearance at Foyt Wine Vault. A.J. Foyt made his first public appearance at an event held in the Foyt Wine Vault in Speedway, Ind. last Friday evening. Foyt and his family flew up and back the same day to see the renovation of the Main Street building which he bought last October. Overseen by Larry and A.J. Foyt IV, the most striking transformation was the Foyt Wine Vault, a 3,000 square foot tasting room which will open to the public in May. In addition to featuring premium Foyt Family Wines, the room is a tribute to Foyt, and houses the last IndyCar he drove in the Indianapolis 500 as well as many photographs and artifacts from his illustrious career. Foyt is expected to return to racing action with the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May.

* ABC Supply celebrates 10th anniversary of AJ Foyt Racing sponsorship: ABC Supply began sponsoring the AJ Foyt Racing team with the 2005 Indianapolis 500. The company has leveraged its involvement by entertaining nearly 70,000 associates and customers over the past 10 racing seasons. At NOLA, the company has provided race tickets for 100 guests.

* Headquartered in Beloit, Wis., ABC Supply was founded by Ken and Diane Hendricks in 1982. The company has more than 490 branches in 49 states and is dedicated exclusively to serving professional contractors. ABC Supply has distinguished itself by following a simple guiding principle – take care of contractors better than any other distributor. . It remains an “employee-first” company that treats its associates with respect and gives them the tools they need to succeed. As an eight-time winner of the Gallup Great Workplace Award, which recognizes the best-performing workforces in the world, ABC Supply is one of only three companies in the world to have earned this honor every year since its inception in 2007. More information is available at www.abcsupply.com.

* The Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana will be televised live on NBC Sports Network Sunday, April 12th starting at 2:30pm ET.

* For more information on the ABC Supply/AJ Foyt Racing program, please check our web site: www.foytracing.com. To follow us on Twitter: @AJFoytRacing, @TakumaSatoRacer, @JackHawk41, @LarryFoyt14. On Facebook, we have the AJ Foyt Racing fan page.

Race Report: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. March 29, 2015–‘It ain’t over til it’s over.’

Jack Hawksworth took that famous Yogi Berra quote to heart in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg today.

Hawksworth started 21st and clawed his way to an eighth place finish in the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda after trouble early in the 110-lap race. Takuma Sato, who started fifth in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda, had contact on a restart and pitted for a new front wing. Relegated to last on lap 36, he came back to finish 13th.

Juan Pablo Montoya beat out pole winner and teammate Will Power to claim the victory. Third through fifth were Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud.

Due to Hawksworth’s early pit stop to replace the damaged front wing, his team opted for an alternate fuel strategy. As drivers began pitting for fuel around lap 22, Hawksworth advanced through the field and was third when the caution for debris was called on lap 26. On the lap 32 restart, Hawksworth lost a couple positions as the other drivers were on fresh tires. At the same time, Sato and Sebastien Bourdais made contact while battling for sixth. The hit was hard enough to damage Sato’s wing, which he limped around with until the team saw it was too damaged to continue and called him in on lap 36.

Thanks to the generosity of team owner Dale Coyne who lent the ABC Supply team one of his front wings (his car had already retired from the race), Sato was back in action.

Meanwhile, Hawksworth had pitted on lap 35 under caution and then opted to stay out during the next caution period on lap 47, so he vaulted from 15th to the lead, which he held until the race went green on lap 53. The young Brit ran in the top four until pitting on lap 70, which dropped him back to 18th. As the final round of pit stops began around lap 80, Hawksworth moved up to third again. He made his final pit stop for about three seconds of fuel on lap 95 under green. He rejoined the race in 12th position, ran his fastest lap of the race on lap 99, and then began passing more cars with just 10 laps to go.

“That was a really fun race, really entertaining,” said Hawksworth. “After the disappointment in qualifying, the guys really worked hard last night and found what was wrong and corrected it and gave me a fast car today. We lost the front wing on the first lap, replaced it then had some contact in the middle of the race and lost an end fence. I didn’t have a clue what was going on out there, I was just pushing like crazy all the way through once we got into clean air because I knew that was going to be important. The guys made good stops, got me in clean air and we finished in the top 10 from the back of the grid. I was really happy for the whole ABC Supply team. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy with an eighth place finish before.”

Sato soldiered on and passed a few cars even though the new wing’s settings were not quite the same, and the car was not quite as good as it had been. However, with a set of new red tires in the final stint of the race, Sato set his fastest lap of the race.

“It was a tough race,” Sato said afterwards. “We got a good start and gained a position, but then after a restart, there was a bottleneck in turn 1 and I was boxed in. Bourdais and I touched and it damaged the front wing. We had to change it and that really decided our race. We were able to overtake a few positions, but the time we lost was too great and we couldn’t get back to the front. It was a tough one for our ABC Supply team but hopefully we got some good data for the next race.”

AJ Foyt Racing Team President Larry Foyt was satisfied with his ABC Supply team’s efforts this weekend.

“Jack drove a great race, and Takuma did a good job to finish,” said Foyt. “Having two cars is a great help. With the short amount of testing that we had and then coming here, we saw huge benefits from it. It was really nice to be able to validate some things, and go in different directions. For example, when we had the problem with Jack’s car in qualifying, if we were a one car team, we might have wondered if it was the setup or something mechanically with the car that could be amiss. Knowing that Takuma’s car was good with a similar setup was a huge help to us because we knew we needed to find something amiss with Jack’s car. The multi-car team is already paying dividends. Today we were able to split strategies with both cars which was exciting, and one got a top-10 out of it, so we’re definitely seeing the benefits already.”

The Verizon IndyCar Series will race for the first time at NOLA Motorsports Park outside of New Orleans on April 12th. That race will be televised by NBC Sports Network starting at 3 p.m. ET.

Qualifying Report: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

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Qualifying Report: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

PETERSBURG, Fla. March 28, 2015—Takuma Sato became the Honda standard bearer in qualifying today as he put his No. 14 ABC Supply Honda in the fifth starting slot for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Team Penske Chevrolets grabbed the first four spots in Firestone Fast Six qualifying with Will Power winning his fifth pole in the last six races here. Sato has been the only driver to unseat Power from the pole which he did last year with his pole-winning run in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda.

“To be in the Fast Six the past two seasons, well, this track is very kind to me and we’ve been able to put in a good result in qualifying although it wasn’t on the front row today,” said Sato in the post-qualifying press conference. He added, “Congratulations to Team Penske for their dominance of qualifying and in particular, Will [Power].

Power posted a time of 1:00.6931 which was fast enough to beat Sebastian Bourdais’ 2003 track record of 1:00.928 seconds. Sato posted a time of 1:01.1496 seconds.

Teammate Jack Hawksworth didn’t fare quite as well –his No. 41 ABC Supply Honda car sustained a problem today which the team is investigating and is working to solve it before tomorrow’s final warm-up session. Hawksworth will start 21st tomorrow.

“For some reason we were struggling under braking,” said a disappointed Hawksworth who was sixth in practice yesterday and the top performer in the Honda-powered camp.  He added, “The rear of the car was pretty loose and we didn’t have any traction so we need to find out why. Obviously on the first day we had a pretty competitive car so we need to understand what’s going on and come back better tomorrow. Fortunately we have the final warmup where we can validate what’s going on.”

Sato credited having a teammate to helping improve his car after yesterday’s session.  “I’m very proud of our team, especially going from a one car team to a two car team, and the team worked hard to put everything together,” said Sato. “Jack had a little issue today but we gathered good data from yesterday and made a significant improvement in today’s practice session.

“The ABC Supply Team’s done a great job gathering data from the two cars and working together,” Sato said. He continued, “I was comfortable in today’s practice session so in qualifying I was able to push really hard. I’m really proud of what we’ve done as a team. Over the course of the winter they prepared to go from one car to two and that has definitely helped. Everyone did a great job.”

Power will be joined on the front row by his new teammate Simon Pagenaud. Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya are in Row 2, while Sato and Chevy-powered Sebastian Bourdais are in Row 3.

The teams will have a final warm-up session from 12:00 to 12:30. The race will be broadcast live on ABC-TV starting at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Practice Report: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. March 27, 2015–The ABC Supply team got off to a solid start in St. Petersburg today with Jack Hawksworth and Takuma Sato putting the ABC Supply Hondas in the top half of the 24-car field. The drivers were on track for just one practice session with rain washing out the second session in the late afternoon.

Hawksworth posted a time of 1 minute, 1.8713 seconds which was the quickest of the Honda-powered cars and sixth fastest overall. Sato was 12th quickest at 1 minute, 2.1274 seconds and the third quickest Honda.

“We thought we weren’t going to get any running in today [because the forecast was for rain], so it was nice to get on track and get some driving in,” said Hawksworth, who is making his debut this weekend in the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda. “I think we started off quite strong and the baseline of the car seems pretty good, so I’m quite excited to see what we can do tomorrow. Compared to last year’s car, we see a lot more grip so we can brake later and carry a little bit more speed through the corners. The practice times were faster than qualifying last year so that shows you how much grip the cars are generating this year.”

“It’s great to be back in St. Pete,” said Sato, who won the Verizon P-1 Pole Award last year with a time of 1 minute, 1.8668 seconds in his No. 14 ABC Supply Honda. “We waited for so long over the winter. The past two weeks we went testing to prepare for this event. The car worked pretty well the first session but we need to adjust more for the new aero and increased downforce. The lap times are already as quick as last year’s qualifying. It’s going to be a lot faster tomorrow and I’m looking forward to having a good practice before qualifying. Hopefully, in qualifying we’ll be strong.”

Eclipsing Sato’s pole-winning time was Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power who posted a time of 1 minute, 1.4709 seconds in his Chevy-powered car.

There will be a 45-minute practice at 12:30 p.m. ET tomorrow. Qualifying begins at 4:15 p.m. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be televised live on ABC Sunday afternoon starting at 3 p.m. ET.

Notes & Quotes: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Notes & Quotes: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Takuma Sato: No. 14 ABC Supply Honda

Jack Hawksworth: No. 41 ABC Supply Honda

TAKUMA SATO ON:

  • Honda Aero kit: “What I like most about the Honda aero kit is that it’s fast! There are so many configurations you can make to achieve the downforce level for various conditions and track characteristics.  It’s not an easy to optimize, but I believe the package could be very competitive when we can. And it looks very aggressive and impressive.”

 

  • Having a teammate: “It doubled the data we were collecting, and that helped a lot. We can divide different programs in the same track conditions at the same time so we can analyze them back-to-back with quality data. We’re able to move forward faster.”

 

  • Key to his qualifying well at St. Pete: “I just naturally feel good about St. Pete. In 2013, the tire’s characteristic was quite different from the previous year but we were able to find a good balance very quickly and that was why we were quick. Last year, it was a tricky condition from damp track to drying for every segment of qualifying but I was able to commit every timed lap, so it was a quite special moment when we got the Pole. Hopefully we can repeat another front row start!”

 

  • First race in seven months, what must one be aware of?“Well that’s always tough to predict, but it is an exciting moment too. Anything could happen so you just have to be extra cautious but otherwise it’s great to back racing! I just can’t wait to go to the first race.”

 

  • New season ahead of him: “New season, new car and new driver line-up, so there is plenty of excitement. We don’t know how the racing will be with two different aero packages this year, but it looks extremely competitive based on the Open Test so it will be a lot fun! We’re now a two-car team and the ABC Supply team did good preparation over the winter. It will be great challenge, but we are in much better shape than last year. I’m ready and really looking forward to this season.”

 

JACK HAWKSWORTH ON:

  • Biggest change he felt in Honda aero kit vs. Dallara: “We have a lot more downforce than last year which means the braking has improved substantially and the minimum corner speeds are up a little. In terms of set-up there have been some changes in philosophy and this has been a very interesting challenge for the whole team.”

 

  • New aero kit’s effect on driving style: “I don’t believe it has changed the driving style too much compared to last year. It’s just possible to attack the corner entry a little more.”

 

  • New team working as anticipated? “I think we have a really good set of guys and there is a good chemistry in the team. I’m certainly happy with where the car is at and the potential we have. Of course, there have been some growing pains with expanding to two cars and getting a completely new group of people together, but that’s to be expected.  I’m sure we are going to go from strength to strength the more time we have.”

 

  • Aside from winning, a successful season opener would be:“A strong qualifying performance to confirm the ABC Supply car’s speed, so I think making the Firestone Fast 6 is a good target. In the race we need to be clean, consistent, and mistake-free on track and in the pits. If we accomplish this, the result will be good.”

 

  • The positives of St. Petersburg: “The track is a lot of fun and pretty technical, especially the middle sector. It’s a track I have won at twice in Star Mazda and in Indy Lights so it has always been good to me! Couple that with the great weather and it’s certainly one of my favorite events. I also lived in St. Pete during my first year in the States, so I know the city quite well and really enjoy going back there. It’s a great place to kick off the season.”

 

  • A.J. Foyt will be watching from his home in Houston this weekend. Foyt is not planning to return to the IndyCar paddock until the Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May. He did take in the team’s first test with the new aero kit March 14th, flying in and out to NOLA Motorsports Park. “I want to be sure I’m healed up in time for Indy, that is my goal,” said Foyt. This year AJ Foyt Racing will be in its 50th year of operation, making it the longest operating team in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

 

  • “Front Row Sato” Since joining the ABC Supply team, Takuma Sato qualified on the front row at St. Petersburg. He was second to Scott Dixon in 2013 and won the pole in tricky track conditions in 2014. He is working to keep that record intact with another strong qualifying run this year.

 

  • AJ Foyt Racing welcomes Valspar: Valspar has signed as an associate sponsor of the No. 14 and No. 41 ABC Supply Hondas this season. Founded in 1806 and headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Valspar Corporation employs over 10,000 employees in more than 25 countries. It is the fifth largest paint and coatings company in the world.

 

  • Alfe Heat Treating Returns as a major associate sponsor for fifth season: What began as a limited race sponsorship in 2011 has evolved into a season-long sponsorship of the No. 14, which will now expand to include the No. 41 car. Headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Alfe Heat Treating, Inc. is the largest commercial aluminum heat treating operation in the United States. The company operates plants throughout the Midwest and Southeast serving aerospace, automotive, military, and commercial customers with both ferrous and non-ferrous facilities.

 

  • ABC Supply celebrates 10th anniversary of AJ Foyt Racing sponsorship: ABC Supply began sponsoring the AJ Foyt Racing team with the 2005 Indianapolis 500. The company has leveraged its involvement by entertaining nearly 70,000 associates and customers over the past 10 racing seasons. At St. Petersburg, the company will entertain 570 guests.

 

  • ABC Supply national account Nations Roof, headquartered in Lithia, Ga., will be featured on the engine cover of Takuma Sato’s no. 14 ABC Supply Honda. Guests will receive the VIP treatment this weekend along with a Meet and Greet with Sato.

 

  • ABC Supply roofing customer, Ramcon, LLC, located in Tampa, FL won the ‘Your Name Here’ contest for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The company name will be atop the sidepods of the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda. Guests will receive the VIP treatment plus a Meet and Greet with Jack Hawksworth. 
  • The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be televised live on ABC Sunday, March 29th starting at 3p ET.

 For more information on the ABC Supply/AJ Foyt Racing program,please check our web site: www.foytracing.com.  To follow us on Twitter: @AJFoytRacing, @TakumaSatoRacer, @JackHawk41, @LarryFoyt14. On Facebook, we have the AJ Foyt Racing fan page.

AJ Foyt Racing Testing Report: Barber Motorsports Park

AJ Foyt Racing Testing Report: Barber Motorsports Park

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. March 17, 2015—The ABC Supply team came away from their first three days of testing with the new aero kit satisfied in the direction they are taking after leaving Barber Motorsports Park.

Twenty-one drivers who tested at the 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course just outside of Birmingham, Ala. eclipsed last year’s pole speed set by Will Power by a full second.

Takuma Sato was the second quickest Honda driver (behind fifth place Graham Rahal who popped ahead on the charts in the final 20 minutes), while Jack Hawksworth was the sixth quickest Honda driver.

Sato ran a total of 107 laps over the two days in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda, and today posted his best speed of 122.378mph for seventh quickest of drivers who took the track today. In the two-day combined speeds chart, he ranked tenth.

“It was a very productive day,” Sato said. “The last two days we collected an enormous amount of data, and this afternoon particularly, everything came together and we had a better understanding of the whole picture. This aero configuration is very tricky and very sensitive. I think the whole engineering team worked really hard collecting double the data compared to last year. Having two cars helped us lot to move forward. Being in the top 10 at the first Open Test is obviously encouraging for all of us. We need to really analyze everything and bring a strong package to the first race.”

Jack Hawksworth ran 129 laps over the two days. In the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda, he was 15th quickest in today’s practice and was 17th quick overall with his speed of 121.841 mph.

“We got a lot of testing in today and we learned some stuff so I think we’ve got a good baseline now,” Hawksworth said. “I look forward to testing in Sebring next week and hopefully we’ll be very competitive in St. Pete.”

The team heads to Texas for a brief sojourn before heading out to the two-day test in Sebring, Fla. March 23-24. They will stay in Florida for the season opener in St. Petersburg March 27-29.

“I’m really happy with what we learned,” said Larry Foyt, team president. “The engineers and drivers did a great job because there was so much information we needed to learn about this new aero kit — it’s really changed a lot of things. These past two days we were really running with it. We had one day at New Orleans last Saturday but that was more of a systems check and shakedown test. Here at Barber we did a lot of running, got a ton of information and I think we found a great direction. We ended up gaining all the time; we still have some to go but it was a great start.

“Having two cars really helped,” Foyt continued. “With so many questions needing answers, we were able to use both cars to check off the items on each team’s list. That’s exactly what we wanted to do with a two-car operation, and here we got to see how it really works. It definitely was a benefit at this test.”

There were 23 cars at the test with current Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power’s speed of 122.849mph being the fastest Chevy today and overall. Chevy claimed four of the top-five spots.

ABC Supply and AJ Foyt Racing Celebrate 10th Anniversary in 2015

ABC Supply and AJ Foyt Racing Celebrate 10th  Anniversary in 2015

WALLER, Texas March 13, 2015—This season AJ Foyt Racing will celebrate its 10th anniversary with sponsor ABC Supply Co. Inc. which signed as the primary sponsor for the team starting with the 2005 Indianapolis 500.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating our tenth anniversary with Foyt Racing,” said Keith Rozolis, president and chief executive officer of ABC Supply Co., Inc. “Over the years, this program has brought thousands of our associates and customers together to celebrate and cheer for our car.  We now look forward to watching Takuma and Jack take our team to the next level.”

“What a wonderful milestone to achieve!” said Larry Foyt, who was recently named president of A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Inc. “This program has grown more every year, and now with two ABC cars on track, I think this will be our most exciting year to date. From the support of the team, to their sponsorship of races, to the at-track activation, we must give a huge thank you to ABC Supply for their support of  A.J. Foyt Racing–and the sport of IndyCar Racing.”

“I’ve really enjoyed working with ABC because the company is more like family than a sponsor,” said A.J. Foyt. “If you have good days their happy, if you have bad days they understand. They’re always great people to work with. They know even when we are having a bad day that we’re giving it 110%, and I think they respect that about us, and I appreciate that. If you look back through my history, I’ve never had many sponsors and I’m awful proud of that and proud to be with ABC since 2005. We’ve done fairly decently for them, but that’s why we started a two-car team because we want to bring them some more wins.”

The “Celebrating 10 Years” logo appears on the company’s promotional materials including a retrospective wall calendar featuring racing images from the past 10 years, 2015 magnet and pocket racing schedules, and racing-themed banners used at branch locations and at hospitality events.

Celebrating will be double the fun this year as the team announced last October its expansion to two full-time entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series and that ABC Supply would sponsor both cars through 2016. With Takuma Sato continuing in the No. 14, Jack Hawksworth was named to drive the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda.

The company began leveraging the sponsorship in 2005, creating internal programs and inviting over 2,500 customers and employees to races. The program expanded with each passing year. In 2014, ABC Supply entertained 8,400 guests, bringing the 10-year total to nearly 70,000 guests!

Headquartered in Beloit, Wis., ABC Supply was founded by Ken and Diane Hendricks in 1982. The company has 493 branches, over 7,700 employees, and is dedicated exclusively to serving professional contractors.  ABC Supply has distinguished itself by following a simple guiding principle – take care of contractors better than any other distributor.  It remains an “employee-first” company that treats its associates with respect and gives them the tools they need to succeed.

  • A.J. Foyt Update: A.J. Foyt continues to recover from his triple bypass surgery and subsequent complications at home in Houston. Foyt has been more active since his first return to the race shop in mid-January. “I’m doing a lot better; every day I’m doing a little bit more,” Foyt said. “I’m getting more of my strength back and I’m eating a better than I was when this first happened. I feel with all of the problems I had I’m looking pretty good.  I’ve been on my bulldozer a couple times. Nothing to brag about, I was very weak and very tired but I have done some stuff with it. I probably should keep that quiet because I’m not sure the doctor would enjoy hearing that.” Foyt, who has lost 50 lbs. over the winter, does not expect to make it to a race before May as his current treatment keeps him tied to Houston, but he hasn’t ruled out a day trip. “I may sneak out to a test where I can come and go in the same day. But that’s a call I’ll make based on how I feel that day. I think the new cars look pretty nice. The engineers are going to have their hands full with all of the trick stuff they came up with on the new aero kit. I’m anxious to hear the feedback from testing.”

 

  • New title for Larry Foyt: Larry Foyt was named President of A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Inc. last month, a title that makes his role official with the organization since his father became seriously ill in 2012 and again in 2014. “I really enjoy the business side of racing,” said Foyt, who is fully aware of the responsibility his position entails. “I think all of my past experience has helped me get to this point–whether it was at TCU as a student, or managing our stock car team while I competed in NASCAR. My time behind the wheel has helped me relate to the drivers and understand their needs as well.” Foyt joined the IndyCar team in the fall of 2006 as the Team Director; each year he has assumed an increasing amount of responsibility.

 

  • Team prepares for first test with new aero kit: The ABC Supply Honda team is prepping for its first test with the new aero kit. The team will run a one day test at NOLA Motorsports Park outside of New Orleans on March 14, and then travel to Barber Motorsports Park outside of Birmingham for the Verizon IndyCar Series two-day Promoter Test at the picturesque road course March 16-17.

 

  • Mitch Davis joins the team: Over the winter, Larry Foyt hired veteran team manager Mitch Davis, whose resume includes stints with teams owned by Dale Coyne, Chip Ganassi, and Bobby Rahal. In addition to overseeing the preparation of the ABC Supply Hondas, Davis will be the race strategist on Jack Hawksworth’s No. 41 car. Raul Prados will be the chief engineer, after serving as the performance engineer on the No. 14 car since 2012.

 

  • Drive a Firestone Tour: The ABC Supply No. 14 Honda show car is part of the Drive a Firestone tour which will take the No. 14 to Firestone retail locations conducting promotions primarily in the West –with occasional trips to the Midwest and East–over the next eight months. The tour allows customers and race fans to see an Indy car up close and experience several interactive displays.

 

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