Returns Are In Order For A.J. Foyt Racing
HOUSTON (Jan. 7, 2011)--Returns. They are a given in the post holiday season but not so in the world of motorsports. However, returns are taking place at A.J. Foyt Racing: driver Vitor Meira and longtime sponsor ABC Supply are returning as the team prepares for the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series season.
The team signed Meira and ABC Supply to new contracts last month along with chief engineer Jeff Britton.
"I am really glad to have both ABC Supply and Vitor back with us," Foyt said. "ABC has been with us since 2005 and their loyalty and support means a lot to me. Over my career, I have always had just one or two main sponsors at a time. It works for me and I think it works for them because they usually work into long-term deals. ABC has stood by my team through some tough times recently and I'm planning to give them some great times this season.
"Working with Vitor has been good. It's taken us a little time to adjust and having a full season under our belt with Vitor and Jeff will help us going into 2011. I look for us to have a good year."
Meira, who returns this week from spending the holidays with his family in Brazil, said, "I am really happy about working with A.J. Foyt and his ABC Supply team again. Being able to continue the progress that we made at the end of last year will make for a good season this year. We know the areas that we have to work in to improve and we have already started to do that in the off season. Besides that, ABC Supply is an awesome sponsor and I really enjoy working with their people. They make great use of the racing program throughout the year, not just during the racing season, and I think that benefits everyone because it keeps the IndyCar name out there 12 months of the year."
Team director Larry Foyt is busy setting up the team's testing schedule over the next couple of months before preparing to leave on the Indy 500 Centennial Tour next week. He will join Indy 500 drivers from the past and present as they visit troops overseas on the 10-day goodwill tour.
"It's hard for me to put into words how honored I am to be a part of this tour," Foyt said. "To see the finest military in the world in action and shake the hands of soldiers who are putting their lives at risk everyday to defend our liberties will be an experience I will never forget."
The tour is the brainchild of the Morale Entertainment Foundation, which is closely coordinating with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IZOD IndyCar Series to have the group visit U.S. troops. The tour is expected to begin in Germany with a visit to wounded warriors and continues with appearances at U.S. bases in Southwest Asia and on an active duty U.S. carrier at sea. The group will give motivational talks and participate in autograph and Q & A sessions, meet and greets, and photo opportunities.
The IZOD IndyCar Series kicks off its season in St. Petersburg, FL on Sunday, March 27th, the same day that Meira will celebrate his 34th birthday--hopefully in Victory Circle!