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Qualifying Report: Firestone 600

FT. WORTH, Texas June 5, 2015–Takuma Sato qualified in what he hopes will be a lucky 13th starting spot for the Firestone 600, while teammate Jack Hawksworth will start 17th in his second start at Texas Motor Speedway.

“It’s exciting to be back at Texas Motor Speedway–very fast and it feels good after the very bumpy track at Detroit,” said Sato, who clocked a 216.686mph lap in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda. “We worked on various things this morning because we only had one practice session before qualifying and we had to figure out the qualifying trim and the race package. The car perhaps isn’t fully optimized but I think the boys did a good job and the car is reasonably fast, so I will be happy with that and hopefully we’ll have a strong package for tomorrow.”

“We didn’t have a great qualifying run but practice went pretty good this morning and the car seems to be working pretty decent in race trim,” said Hawksworth, whose best lap was 215.621mph in the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda. “We have one more practice in race trim and we’ll see if we can dial it in to run up high and run down low because we’re going to have to do some passing tomorrow.”

Will Power took the Verizon P1 pole award with a speed of 218.519mph. His Penske teammates claimed second and third while Carlos Munoz claimed fourth to break up the Penske juggernaut. Juan Pablo Montoya rounded out the top five in qualifying.

The Firestone 600 will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network Saturday night starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Race Report: Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Race 2

Race Report: Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Race 2

DETROIT May 31, 2015—There is no “I” in the word “team.” Today that was obvious as Takuma Sato lauded his ABC Supply/AJ Foyt Racing team after piloting his No. 14 ABC Supply Honda to a thrilling second-place finish in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Race 2 at Belle Isle Park.

“First of all, a big thank you to ABC Supply and AJ Foyt Racing,” Sato said. “The whole team did a really good job and under the difficult circumstances, it could have been one way or the other with the weather. I think we had a really solid environment as a team and a very strong race car—the no. 14 car worked really well the whole weekend. I was able to really enjoy yesterday’s first part of the wet race [alluding to when he took the lead in just three laps]. Today was a little tough because we couldn’t qualify in the wet so we had to start from the back of the grid. We were really steady picking off cars one by one, and we had good pit stops, the boys did a super job on those. With so many restarts, it was a great opportunity for overtaking, and I was able to overtake—it was so exciting! I’m really proud of this association. We fought really hard. That was sport, that was hard racing, and I think it was a great achievement by our team.”

Teammate Jack Hawksworth also turned in a terrific performance to finish seventh in the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda after being spun out twice by the same driver—rookie Sage Karam.

“First, congratulations to Takuma, he did a good job, and it’s great to see those guys on the podium,” Hawksworth said. “Obviously our race didn’t go to plan, we ended up getting punted off twice by the same guy. It was disappointing. Not too good in the wet, and then at the end we got the slicks on and we were quick and were able to make up positions but we needed more green time. We pitted and hoped there’d be some more green [flag racing] because the guys at the front would have had to come in, but it didn’t happen for us. But I’m happy to recover for a seventh.”

Sebastien Bourdais won the race at the 2.35-mile temporary circuit. Following Bourdais and Sato across the line were Graham Rahal, Tristan Vautier, Marco Andretti, rookie Conor Daly (who was subbing for injured James Hinchcliffe), and Hawksworth.

When heavy rain washed out qualifying earlier today, the starting grid was set according to the point standings, relegating Sato to 15th and Hawksworth to 19th. The rain continued into the afternoon and the temperatures hovered in the 50s making the track conditions difficult.

Officials declared a wet start, but unlike the day before when Sato surged to the lead from his fourth place on the grid, he didn’t have quite the same grip level with the cooler temperatures. In the opening laps, neither driver made much headway until the first round of pit stops around lap 18.

Quick pit work by the No. 14 crew saw Sato enter in 14th position and come out in 12th. Hawksworth pitted a couple laps earlier and by the time the pit stops cycled out, he too had gained a spot on the track. In the second fuel stint, Sato cracked the top 10 when a full course yellow came out on lap 37 for a single car crash by Rodolfo Gonzalez.

Since the rain had stopped, the track began to dry and both the 14 and 41 teams opted to switch to slick tires—choosing the softer, alternate red-rimmed Firestone tires. On the slicks, Sato began to pick off his competitors, advancing to fifth by the time the yellow flew on lap 50 for Josef Newgarden’s single car crash into the barrier.

When Daly pitted during the caution period for fuel after leading 12 laps (half under caution), Sato moved into fourth while Hawksworth was 14th. On the lap 54 restart, Hawksworth was hit by Karam, who also collected Stefano Coletti. All were able to continue. When Charlie Kimball punted teammate Scott Dixon into the wall a couple laps later, it caused another full course caution. It was during this lap 59-60 caution period that Rahal was penalized for blocking Sato who’d tried to pass him a couple laps earlier. Rahal was ordered to give the position to Sato who moved into third.

On the lap 61 restart, Hawksworth was punted again by Karam, which brought out another yellow—this time for debris as Hawksworth was able to recover from the spin and keep going. Karam was penalized with a drive-through penalty.

On the next restart, Sato made a brilliant move past second-place Montoya who’d been brake-checked by leader Sebastien Bourdais. However on that lap, Will Power and Helio Castroneves – both of Team Penske–crashed in Turn 2; the race was red-flagged to clean up the debris and allow for a green flag finish.

When the race resumed, there were just five laps left as it was deemed a timed race and ended at two hours. In those five laps, Sato pressured Bourdais but had to settle for second. Meanwhile, Hawksworth vaulted from 15th to seventh, gaining positions on track as well as two spots when Tony Kanaan and Simon Pagenaud had to pit for fuel. Juan Pablo Montoya, who started from the pole and led 35 laps, ran out of fuel on the final lap and finished 10th.

It was the best performance for both of Foyt’s drivers this season. The runner-up finish was Sato’s first podium appearance since finishing second in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2013. Hawksworth’s seventh was his second straight, having finished there the day before and it stands as his best finish to date for AJ Foyt Racing.

Sato put it into perspective when he noted in the post-race press conference, “We had a scary winter [referring to team owner A.J. Foyt’s lengthy hospital stay following triple bypass surgery and ensuing complications], and finally A.J. came back in May, and now this is his third attendance at a race, and we presented him with a good result. Hopefully, we have more to come.”

The top-five and top-10 finishes give the Texas-based team positive momentum as they return to their home state this week for the first time since May 2. The Verizon IndyCar Series will race at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night, June 6. The series’ first race under the lights this season will be broadcast live by CNBC Network starting at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Foyt Race Report: Detroit Grand Prix – Race 1

Race Report: Detroit Grand Prix – Race 1

DETROIT May 30—While rain may be a problem in the roofing business, it is not a problem for the ABC Supply Racing drivers Takuma Sato and Jack Hawksworth. Amidst the inclement weather that made Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle a dicey affair today, both drivers took their ABC Supply Hondas to the front.

With a heavy downpour dousing the track before the race, INDYCAR officials declared a wet start, meaning all cars had to use rain tires. Sato, who started fourth, wasted no time showing his prowess in the rain as he passed the top three Team Penske drivers by lap three. Sato led through lap 14 and then pitted for slicks (dry track tires) as the track began to dry.

Hawksworth pitted on lap 10 for slicks along with a handful of other drivers.  When the leaders pitted five laps later, Hawksworth vaulted from his 14th starting spot to third behind Marco Andretti and Lucca Filippi.

Sato, who won the race off pit road with his team’s seven-second pit stop, found himself in eighth spot when the race restarted. On the restart on lap 18, he and Josef Newgarden made contact and both drivers had to pit for repairs. Sato took on a new nose and restarted in 18th.

Hawksworth moved into second on lap 20 and held that position until his team called him in to get rain tires on lap 34 since the rain started falling again. Sato was also told to pit for rain tires the same lap. Both drivers had uneventful stops but they had lost track position to a several cars that either pitted a couple laps earlier or hadn’t pitted until several laps later.

Hawksworth emerged seventh and Sato 14th. Several drivers such as Andretti and his teammate Carlos  Munoz stayed on the slick tires despite the ever-slickening track. By the time they did pit, they had increased their lead enough to pit without losing a position to those behind them. Munoz waited the longest, pitting on lap 42. The strategy paid off as Munoz claimed his first victory in the Verizon IndyCar Series when the race was red-flagged due to weather conditions on lap 48.

Hawksworth claimed seventh for his best finish of the season. “Today was definitely a fun race, there was a lot of action going on,” the 24-year-old Brit said. “I was at the back, at the front, then the middle and finished seventh in the end. The ABC Supply car was really good. The strategy was one of those 50/50 decisions whether you come in for wets or stay out on the dry tires (slicks). At least we were in a pretty good position from that perspective. We came in a little too early as it turned out and got jumped by a few people. But the car was really good and the guys were good on the stops, and that all kind of bodes well for tomorrow so hopefully we can have a good qualifying. It was nice to score some points today.”

Sato passed several cars to finish 11th for his best ever finish at Belle Isle.

“What a race! The conditions gave me the opportunity and the conditions took our result as well,” Sato said. “At the beginning of the race it was wet conditions, and I was really happy. I overtook cars one by one—Montoya at the first hairpin, then Castroneves on the back straight and Will Power at Turn 1. It all looked really good. The ABC boys did a really good job on the first pit stop—it was a really fast pit stop so that helped me out. However, at that time, a number of the cars were on dry tires already, so we shuffled around on the positions [went from the lead to eighth]. After that, we saw the big rain coming so we came into the pit for wet tires, and then the rain didn’t come as soon as we thought, so that was a gamble that didn’t pay off. At the end of the race, it looked like our final pit stop might have been a good call if they had continued the race because a lot of people ahead of us still had to pit but that didn’t happen. Fortunately, our car was strong so hopefully we’ll have a good performance tomorrow.”

Following Munoz across the line were Andretti, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power and Scott Dixon.

The teams will have one round of qualifying tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. ET to determine the grid for Race 2. That race will be televised live by ABC-TV starting at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Foyt Racing – Qualifying Report: Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix – Race 1

DETROIT May 29, 2015—Takuma Sato qualified fourth in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda for Race 1 of the Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader which will run tomorrow on the 2.35-mile temporary circuit on Belle Isle. The effort netted him his best start of the season and marked the second time he made the Firestone Fast 6 in the Verizon IndyCar Series this year.

“I’m very happy, very happy,” Sato said. “The ABC car worked really well and all the crew on the AJ Foyt Racing team did a fantastic job to put us in the Fast Six a second time this year. Today the track changed very rapidly after that rain shower [between the practice and qualifying sessions]. It was really tricky in the first segment of qualifying but we made some setup changes and it seemed to pay off very nicely. I was able to push really hard and put in a good lap time. Hopefully we can keep this competitiveness for tomorrow’s race.”

Jack Hawksworth did not fare as well as Sato since a red flag for Josef Newgarden’s contact with the barrier in Turn 13 cut short the Group 2 qualifying session just as Hawksworth was to lay down a fast lap. He barely missed transferring to the next segment. He will start 14th in the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda.

“The qualifying session wasn’t very good for us,” said a dejected Hawksworth.  “We went out straightaway and kind of got hosed on the red flag just like we did at Long Beach. It’s disappointing because we probably would have gone through, but that’s just the way it is.”

Will Power set a new track record in his Chevy-powered machine en route to his third Verizon P1 pole award of the year. His Team Penske teammates followed with Helio Castroneves second and Juan Pablo Montoya third. Sato squeezed in ahead of Simon Pagenaud while Sebastien Bourdais completed the top six.

The teams will have a 30-minute final warmup in the morning. The race will be broadcast live by ABC-TV starting at 3:30 p.m. ET.

 

Notes & Quotes: Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

Notes & Quotes: Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
Takuma Sato: No. 14 ABC Supply Honda
Jack Hawksworth: No. 41 ABC Supply Honda
Takuma Sato On:

Detroit: “Detroit is a great track. Heavy braking followed by a long straight makes a good opportunity for overtaking and that’s makes the race very exciting. The track is bumpy and has a variety of different types of corners so after having the month of May with the smooth track at Indy, Detroit is a quite contrast but I like it. It’s nice and refreshing. We had a very competitive car last year so I’m looking forward to go back with new package.”

Winning the pole:  “We worked on the balance of the car and it all came together in qualifying on Sunday morning. The day before that, we were struggling a little bit but we figured it out, and it was such a great feeling that the car responded really well so I could push very hard. I knew that the good lap time was coming during a lap but didn’t expect that was P1, so it was great feeling.”

Key to success here: “The track is very bumpy and a tricky one, so there are always so many things that happen in the race. You need to be at the front to grab any chance but just minimize the mistakes and hope all come together.”

Four races in four weeks: “Well, it is a little tough for drivers but usually we can find a little time to rest so we should be fully ready every week. But I think it’s going to be super tough for the crews. The boys never stopped and never had an enough time to recover. They’re constantly working especially since we just finished the biggest race so everyone is tired plus they have to convert the car from oval to the road-course! I hope the boys had a little time off before Detroit and come back on track fresh. I am looking forward to the race weekend.”

Jack Hawksworth On:

Detroit: “Detroit is probably the most technical track we visit from a driver’s point of view and one of the hardest tracks on the car. It’s extremely bumpy and there are huge amount of corners with big variation between very slow generic street circuit corners to some quick sweepers like T1 and 2. It’s certainly one of my favorites, and it challenges both the driver and engineers to adapt best to the rough surface. It rewards a compliant car and big commitment but can catch you out with even the smallest mistake.”

Qualifying 3rd last year: “We had a very strong run going in the first race. I started from 3rd on the grid and advanced to 2nd in the opening lap. After that I closed in on the leader but was forced to take a very long pit stop around lap 20 whilst running in 2nd due to a brake rotor failure on the left front. Unfortunately in qualifying for race two the track conditions changed substantially and we missed on a few critical set up parameters.”

Key to success here: “Detroit is extremely bumpy and hard on the car. Compliance over the bumps and good mechanical grip is extremely important. Drivers need to be extremely precise as they thread the needle through the tight bumpy streets. It requires big commitment but there is absolutely no room for error.”

Return to street racing: “It’s a very different style of driving and this is what makes Indycar so diverse! Personally I can’t wait to get back out on the streets, Indy is a lot of fun but after turning only left for the past two weeks I am more than ready to start turning right and hustling the car around the concrete jungle! The Detroit circuit is hard on the cars and the drivers due to its physical nature. This means that being in good shape physically can pay off around here.”

Past performance at Detroit: In five races, Takuma Sato’s best start is 1st (Race 2 in 2014), and his best finish is 18th (both races in 2014).  The best finish for the ABC Supply team is fourth with Darren Manning in 2007.

ABC Supply celebrates its 10th anniversary of its sponsorship of AJ Foyt Racing: 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 Detroit, the company will entertain nearly 400 guests.

ABC Supply national account AREI – American Roofing & Exteriors, headquartered in St. Louis, will be featured on the engine cover of Takuma Sato’s no. 14 ABC Supply Honda in Race 1 on Saturday. Nordmann Roofing, located in Toledo, Ohio, will be featured on the engine cover of the No. 14 in Race 2 on Sunday. Guests will receive the VIP treatment this weekend along with a Meet and Greet with Takuma Sato.

ABC Supply roofing customer, C & L Ward, headquartered in Davison, Mich., won Saturday’s ‘Your Name Here’ contest for Race 1 of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Sunday’s winner for Race 2 is Napier’s Home Improvement, located in Trenton, Mich. Each company’s name will be atop the sidepods of the No. 41 ABC Supply Dallara/Honda on the respective day. Guests will receive selected merchandise, race tickets, hospitality and garage passes, plus a Meet and Greet with Jack Hawksworth.

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 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Race 1 and Race 2 will be shown live at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday respectively on ABC-TV.

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: Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS May 24, 2015–This year’s Indianapolis 500 held drama from the first lap to the last as Juan Pablo Montoya fended off his teammate Will Power by a mere tenth of a second to win the race for the second time. Montoya first won the Memorial Day Classic in 2000.

The final 14 laps provided fans with some of the most thrilling racing ever at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the leaders swapped the top spot eight times! Finishing third through fifth were Charlie Kimball for his best finish ever here, Scott Dixon, and Graham Rahal, who piloted the top-finishing Honda-powered car.

The drama on the first lap came from Takuma Sato’s charge from the outside of the eighth row into Turn 1. He was squeezed into the wall by 20-year-old Sage Karam, who was not expecting Sato to be able to maintain his speed through the turn and the exit onto the short chute. It triggered a multi-car crash.

Sato skittered away with a broken steering arm and toelink while Karam crashed heavily enough that he was done for the day. The ABC Supply team was able to replace the left front steering arm during the caution period which lasted 11 laps due to another incident between Montoya and Simona DeSilvestro during the caution period. Sato lost two laps to the repair.

When the race restarted, Sato was last. Teammate Alex Tagliani had moved from 20th to 13th in the No. 48 Al-Fe Heat Treating Honda. Season-long teammate Jack Hawksworth had moved from 28th to 24th in the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda but then pitted to top off his fuel tank.

As the race settled in, Tagliani ran in the top half of the field getting as high as 13th on the second fuel stint. At one point, he led two laps under caution during the pit stop cycles. However, his car appeared to lose the handling midway through the race, perhaps due to changing track conditions. He dropped as low as 26th but then came back to finish 17th.

“It was a pretty eventful race for us, nothing I could ask more of from the guys,” Tagliani said afterwards. “I am very appreciative and honored to be part of the Foyt family. I was really appreciative just to be here, it means a lot to me. Having the limited time we did, we were playing a little on the fly today with pit stops, so that hurt us a little bit, but other than that I think the race was okay. The car was fairly good, it was missing a bit of speed, but I think in general we can say we accomplished what we needed to accomplish as a team. Doing it last minute like this was very difficult for everyone, but we pulled it off. We managed to run all 500 miles without a problem on the car, and that says it all for all the hard work and preparation the Al-Fe Heat Treating guys put into the car. I am very, very proud of them.”

Jack Hawksworth’s move through the field reached its high of 14th place by the three-quarter mark of the 200-lap race. His teammate Sato ran highly competitive lap times – at one point keeping pace amongst the leaders as he worked to be in position to get his laps back.

In all, Sato was able to get three laps back by the time sixth caution came out on lap 176. Unfortunately the caution was for his teammate Hawksworth, who had hit Sebastien Saavedra as the field ahead of them had scrambled around a slow car. Both cars spun and hit the wall in Turn 4. Hawksworth emerged unscathed but Saavedra sustained a contusion to his right foot.

“There was a bit of a gap for me to the big group that was in front and they had a huge checkup,” Hawksworth explained. “I guess I misjudged my closing speed a little bit and I touched the back of the 17 and he spun and then we all started crashing. It was disappointing but it was the last 20-30 laps of the Indy 500 and I was going for it. I’m fine but disappointed for the team and our sponsor ABC because we had a pretty decent car–maybe could have gotten a top 10. Not the day we wanted but we’ll try again in Detroit.”

Now on the same lap as the leaders, Sato’s passes on the track finally started counting in the final boxscore. In the final green flag stint he climbed from 19th to 13th to match his best result at this track. It was the second time he placed 13th, the first occurring in 2013 driving for Foyt.

“There was a bit of drama at turn 1–I was really disappointed,” Sato said. “I was staying in my line-outside- going to turn 1 on the outside and I exited turn 1 on the outside and it all looked good. The number 8 car was just coming up and my front wheel was already in front of his rear wheel so I could do nothing. I was sandwiched between him and the wall. Unfortunately I had to come back to the pit and replace the left front steering arm and toe-link and got a couple laps down. It took 150 laps to get our three laps back. The ABC boys did a good job on the pit stops and the strategy so that we were on the lead lap for the final restart. I had to work my way up from the back and I gained a couple positions in the end. It was a hard race and a really disappointing race.”

“No attack, no chance” is Takuma Sato’s philosophy. It is written on the banners that his fans bring to the race track and the t-shirts that they wear. And today his fans saw it in action.

But there was the team’s philosophy of “Never give up” that emerged during this race as the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda made up three laps thanks to quick pit work, savvy race strategy and Sato’s considerable drive.

The ABC Supply team will stay in Indianapolis the next couple days as they prepare for the journey to Detroit on Wednesday. Next weekend there will be a doubleheader with ABC-TV broadcasting both races Saturday and Sunday afternoon starting at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Speedway’s Main Street welcomes Foyt Wine Vault

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.”

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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.

 

AJ Foyt Racing Qualifying Report: 99th Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS May 17, 2015 – Alex Tagliani led the way with a four-lap average speed of 223.722 mph, good enough for 22nd on the grid for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. It is Tagliani’s first IndyCar appearance since last year’s 500, and the Canadian was confident that there is more to come from the No. 48 car.

“I was pleasantly surprised by the pace of our No. 48 Al-Fe Heat Treating car,” said Tagliani, who will make his seventh start in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing next Sunday. “I think we had a (lap of) 225 in there, but we missed on the gearing.” The 2011 500 pole sitter is looking forward to race day, where he has a best career finish of 10th. “The car is good, it’s really good in traffic, so hopefully we can do well with this on Sunday.”

Takuma Sato, who was amongst the faster cars in practice, was not as happy with his run. The No. 14 ABC Supply Co. Honda turned a four-lap average of 223.226 mph, which puts him 27th, on the outside of row 9.

“Obviously we’re disappointed,” said Sato. “It was not the run we wanted, and we struggled to find speed. But over the course of practice I think the No. 14 ABC Supply Car is really strong in race trim, and that’s all that really matters.”

Jack Hawksworth also had a strong car in practice that did not translate to qualifying. Hawksworth was bogged down in 31st after his first run, and had to return to the track later, where he and the team found a setup that turned out a 223.738 mph four-lap average, fast enough to best teammate Tagliani for 22nd, but because he had to run a second time as part of the last row shootout, will start 31st, on the inside of row 11.

“Obviously today didn’t go to plan,” said the Britain native. “I don’t think anything was wrong with the car, unfortunately we were just super slow on the first run.” Hawksworth was much happier with his car in the second run, and is confident in his No. 41 ABC Supply Co. machine heading into race week. “We’re relieved to have made the race…I think we have a good racecar. Now we have to move towards next week and try to understand what happened and have a good race day.”

Scott Dixon’s four-lap average of 226.760 mph earned the three-time champion his second Indianapolis 500 pole. Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, Tony Kanaan, and Helio Castroneves round out the top five, with Justin Wilson completing the second row of cars for Sunday’s race.

Monday afternoon, teams will have the opportunity to fine-tune their race setups in a three and a half hour practice session. Following that, only the hour-long practice session on Carb Day separates the 33-car field from the green flag. The 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 will be broadcast on ABC-TV on Sunday May 24th, with coverage beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET.

Race Report: Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

Race Report: Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS May 9, 2015—Takuma Sato and the ABC Supply team claimed their first top-10 of the season with a ninth place finish in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. They did it with A.J. Foyt sitting in the pit stand for the first time this season.

It was a long time coming for a team that ended 2014 with three top-6 finishes in the last five races. Sato, who started 22nd, was able to avoid the carnage in a first turn accident on the opening lap which caught his teammate Jack Hawksworth among others. Sato vaulted from 22nd to 12th on the first lap.

Meanwhile Hawksworth, who started 11th, was caught in the accordion effect of Helio Castroneves, who started third, tangling with Scott Dixon, who had started second. Hawksworth, with nowhere to go, hit Luca Filippi but also spun to avoid hitting Dixon. He had to pit to replace his front wing and hope for a yellow which never came.

Sato, who started on black tires, pitted early in the fuel window on lap 16 while running 11th. He slipped to 20th initially but was back to 11th by the time of his second stop. Before his third and final stop, he was tenth. Slipping to 12th, Sato climbed back into the top 10 as the pit stops cycled out.

As Sato moved into ninth with six laps to go, team strategist Larry Foyt radioed, “Good job Taku, bring the car home.”

“A very good day,” said a jubilant Sato afterwards. “I enjoyed the race. We were fortunate to avoid the first lap incident. I was very calm to see everything happening in front of me and I was able to make a good jump because of it. After the restart I was gradually losing a little position because the car was sliding a little bit. As the track got better because there was more rubber on it, our car was reacting better so our lap times came back. The boys did a fantastic job to get me out with very quick pit stops and I had a couple of fun overtakes on track and we came back strong for our first top 10 finish—finally! We had a trouble-free, no mistake race so our ABC Supply team did a great job.”

Hawksworth, who was optimistic about his chances in this race since he led 31 laps last year, had to make several pit stops when a vibration developed in the right rear by lap 44. The crew changed tires but a lap later, Hawksworth was back in the pits. The team took the car to the garage when they realized camber shims had fallen out of the right rear. If Hawksworth had any hopes of repeating his performance in the season opener in St. Petersburg when he finished eighth, they were dashed when he rejoined the race 13 laps down. He was credited with 23rd.

“I misjudged the front of the field, there was a tangle at the front and there was a concertina effect,” said Hawksworth. “I tried to go left and there was a car there and we obviously touched and then I spun the car to avoid Dixon. We were praying for a caution all the way through to bunch the field back up but then the right rear camber shims fell out so we were done anyway. It’s a disappointing day really.”

Will Power won the race with a dominating performance which included winning the pole yesterday. Second through fifth were: Graham Rahal, Juan Pablo Montoya, Sebastien Bourdais and Charlie Kimball.

The teams will be busy prepping the cars on Mother’s Day—switching them from the road course aero kit to the superspeedway oval kit. Indianapolis 500 practice on the 2.5-mile oval track begins on Monday.

That race will be broadcast live on May 24 on ABC-TV starting at 11 a.m. ET

Qualifying Report: Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS May 8, 2015—Jack Hawksworth qualified 11th in the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The quickest of the Honda-powered contingent, Hawksworth posted his best qualifying run of the season with a time of 1 minute, 10.4558 seconds (124.623mph).

“It was a solid qualifying run,” said Hawksworth, whose best start of eighth came at New Orleans when the grid was set by entrants’ points. “We ran pretty clean. The car was pretty good especially in the first round, it didn’t feel quite as good in the second round for whatever reason but we’ll have a look through stuff tonight. We just have to keep on getting better and hopefully tomorrowwe can have a good day.”

Takuma Sato, who was among the quickest Hondas in the practice sessions, was on his hot lap in qualifying when Justin Wilson came out of the pits and into the racing line, forcing Sato to lift and lose speed.  His lap of 1 minute, 10.7391 seconds (124.124 mph) put his No. 14 ABC Supply Honda 22nd on the grid.

“It didn’t work out like we wanted in qualifying,” a frustrated Sato said afterwards. “There was a slow car in front of me as I was on my qualifying lap which was unfortunate, and then on the second lap, the tires weren’t as fresh and we didn’t get the speed we wanted. It’s disappointing but hopefully we can make the car faster for tomorrow’s run.”

Will Power won the Verizon P1 Award with his record-breaking run of 1 minute, 9.4886 seconds (126.357mph) for the 38th pole of his career. Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Simon Pagenaud and Tony Kanaan completed the Firestone Fast Six.

Teams will have a 30-minute warm-up tomorrow morning to fine tune the cars for the race, which will be broadcast by ABC-TV starting at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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