April 3, 2019 ERIC PRENTICE, of Perkiomenville, Pa. spends his race weekends as the outside tire changer on the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet driven by Matheus Leist. The 6’4”, 305 lb. Prentice, who turns 43 in May, gave up his full-time position with Team Penske after 12 years in 2010 to spend more time…
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March 24, 2019 AUSTIN, Texas–The INDYCAR Classic at the Circuit of the Americas turned into a historic race in its debut on the NTT IndyCar Series schedule with Colton Herta becoming the youngest ever winner at 18 years, 11 months and 25 days old in just his third IndyCar start. The second generation driver put…
March 23, 2019 AUSTIN – Red flags in NTT IndyCar Series qualifying can make or break a session for a team because they halt the qualifying round at the most opportune — or inopportune — times. In the case of the ABC Supply team today, the red flag did both. Matheus Leist posted a career-best qualifying effort on a permanent road…
Notes & Quotes: INDYCAR Classic March 19, 2019 Team President LARRY FOYT opines on spending summers on Lake Travis, the challenges facing his team this season and racing at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). We asked him a few questions… Q: The first race at COTA—what are you looking forward to? LF: “It’s going to…
March 10, 2019 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—“Tough day.” So summed up Tony Kanaan as he sat on the pit wall after finishing 15th in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the season opener for the NTT IndyCar Series. For teammate Matheus Leist and his No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet, it was a case of wrong…
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—There’s only one way to go for A.J. Foyt’s ABC Supply Racing team tomorrow – forward.
Unusual circumstances in the qualifying session today resulted in the team cars starting side by side in the 11th row of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Kanaan never posted an official lap time due to ill timing and two red flags that stopped track action in the critical last six minutes of the 10-minute session. First Marco Andretti brought out a red flag when he spun and came to rest in pit lane. The track went green and Kanaan was set to lay down a lap only to have another red flag wave–this time for Santino Ferrucci’s slide into the tire barrier which effectively shut down the track for the balance of the session.
Of the four cars that did not post an official lap time in the first group of 12 qualifiers, relative practice speeds were used, so Kanaan will start 21st.
“I can’t call this qualifying, we got two red flags so nobody ever put a fast lap in our group,” a disappointed Kanaan said. “The fastest lap was an out lap at a 1:03 and we were running .59s. It’s a shame but it was out of our control. We didn’t cause the red flags, but we just didn’t get a lap in.”
Matheus Leist, who did get a lap in during his group session, pitted for a second set of new tires, hoping to take advantage of the track which was getting faster with each passing minute as cars laid down more rubber. Leist had to lift as he was getting up to speed on his final set of red tires because Scott Dixon spun and then rejoined the field directly in front of Leist. Because Leist was not on his flying lap, Dixon was not penalized for impeding another driver.
Leist was philosophical about the situation preferring to focus on the race tomorrow where he will start alongside his teammate in the 22nd slot.
“It’s not the result we wanted in qualifying, we will be starting from the back tomorrow so we have a lot of work to do. Even so I’m looking forward to the race because it is a place that I like and I usually drive pretty good. So we’ll try to move to the front and have a good result tomorrow.”
Will Power won his eighth pole in 10 attempts here with a lap time of 1 minute, 0.4594 of a second (107.179 mph). Teammate Joseph Newgarden was second followed by rookie Felix Rosenqvist, Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi.
The 110-lap race around the 1.8 mile, 14-turn street course will be broadcast live tomorrow on NBC Sports Network starting at 12:30pm ET.
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WALLER, Texas-Motorsports executive Scott Harner has joined AJ Foyt Racing as vice-president of operations. He will be based in the team’s Speedway, Indiana race shop.
“I’m thrilled to have Scott joining AJ Foyt Racing,” said Team President Larry Foyt. “He brings a great deal of experience and skills that will complement the team we have in place. Having a managerial presence in the Indianapolis shop was much needed, and when Scott became available we knew he was the right person for the job.”
Harner, whose career in motorsports began in 1985 as a mechanic, said, “I want to thank A.J. and Larry for the opportunity to join AJ Foyt Racing. I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead.”
In addition to managing the day-to-day operation of the Indy-based team, Harner will work closely with Team Director George Klotz, who oversees the Texas-based operation. Harner will serve as race strategist for Tony Kanaan and Klotz will become the race strategist for Matheus Leist, who is in his second year driving the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet.
Harner comes to Foyt’s team from Chip Ganassi Racing where he worked for over 25 years in a variety of roles, including a mechanic, transporter driver, fabricator, and spotter. Since 2000, he worked as a team manager and for the last 15 years was a co-team manager of the IndyCar team alongside Barry Wanser. Prior to that stint, Harner spent five years as a mechanic and fabricator on Menard’s team.
In other team personnel news, Danielle Cucchiaroni is the race engineer for Leist, a role the Italian native has held in the past on the team. Mark Sampson, who joined the team last year, has become the crew chief for Kanaan’s crew. Technical Director Eric Cowdin remains as Kanaan’s race engineer.
The team will be testing at Sebring International Raceway this Monday, the second of four pre-season tests on its schedule. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg opens the season on the weekend of March 8-10.
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HOUSTON (Feb. 6) — Houston rolled out the blue carpet for the Houston Sports Awards Dinner Wednesday evening as the city celebrated its athletes, both homegrown and imported. Motorsports icon A.J. Foyt was among the stars honored for their achievements in sport, along with golf’s Jackie Burke, Olympic Gold Medalist and Heavyweight Champion George Foreman, and…
WALLER, Texas — Barn finds. Usually they are old cars, motorcycles or airplanes, covered in dust echoing an era long gone. Auto racing fan David (Rusty) Schilder presented A.J. Foyt a barn find a bit more unusual—a unique painting by renowned Texas artist Charles (Bob) Wygant.
The painting depicts Foyt leading the pack into Turn 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He is being hotly pursued by Eddie Sachs (12), fellow Texan Lloyd Ruby (5). The barn find was originally a gift to Schilder’s father, commercial artist Laurence (Hank) Schilder. Wygant worked with Schilder in a Houston art studio for many years. Wygant is famed for his Western landscapes. Wygant and the elder Schilder passed away (2008 and 2015 respectively) before the painting was discovered so the details of the artwork aren’t documented.
Rusty Schilder remembers the story as Wygant doing it for fun since his commissioned paintings were focused on Western art. He presented the painting to Schilder’s father as a gift but the 4 foot by 8 foot painting was too large for Schilder’s office or home.
Rusty recalls, “I was cleaning out my dad’s barn recently when I came across the painting sandwiched between a mattress and Tyvek foam wallboard. I recognized the lead car as belonging to Mr. Foyt and I knew he was still living so I thought he might like to have it.
“I contacted the race team through their website and Becky (Baranouski, team coordinator) arranged for me to present the painting to Mr. Foyt and his son Larry at their race shop outside of Houston.”
The painting appears to be from the 1961 Indianapolis 500, the race that launched one of the most iconic careers in motorsports and secured Foyt’s place in history.
“I thought it was real special for Rusty to give me the painting considering it belonged to his father,” the first four-time winner of the Indy 500 said. “I remember that race very well and it’s great to have such a unique reminder of a terrific day.”
Foyt has not decided where the painting will be permanently displayed but for now it resides in the team’s headquarters in Waller.