Carlos Munoz and Conor Daly have been confirmed at AJ Foyt Racing next season, both sponsored by ABC Supply roofing company, but their cars will be run out of different race shops.
While Munoz’s #14 entry will operate from the team’s Waller, Texas base, Daly’s #4 team will be based in A.J. Foyt’s Speedway, Indiana race shop. This marks the first time AJ Foyt Racing has based a team there after purchasing the property on Main Street in October 2014.
The switch from #41 to #4 for the second car is to signify Foyt as the first four-time winner of the Indy 500, but it also holds significance for Daly, whose stepfather and Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles was a founding partner and co-owner of Panther Racing which fielded the #4 car.
Daly, revealed as a Foyt driver on Motorsport.com last week, said: “I always grew up cheering on the number 4 no matter who was driving it. The number means a lot to my family and I can’t wait to wear it proudly.
“I am thrilled to be reunited with AJ Foyt Racing for the 2017 Verizon Indycar Series season,” he went on. “A.J. and Larry were the ones who gave me my first chance at not only getting in an IndyCar for a test at Sebring but also the greatest race in the world, the Indianapolis 500 in 2013.
“Now we get an opportunity to compete as a team for the full season and I couldn’t be happier. It will also be very special to me as an American to be in a red, white and blue ABC Supply machine. This will be a great opportunity for me to continue building my IndyCar career and I can’t thank A.J., Larry and ABC Supply Company enough for believing in a young American to deliver for them.”
Munoz, who described the Foyt team as his "clearest choice" last month, said: “I am really excited about this new chapter in my professional career. I’m looking forward to driving the #14 car, which has so much history, and working with Larry and his dad A.J., who is a legend in auto racing.
“One of my main goals is to be an Indy 500 champion and I know they want to win another one so hopefully we can do it together. It is a whole new package for AJ Foyt Racing in 2017 plus the team is adding some new personnel, and we will be pushing hard to be competitive every time out. I can’t wait to get started.”
By renewing its contract for the 2017 and ’18 seasons, ABC Supply will be sponsors of AJ Foyt Racing for at least 14 years, making the wholesale distributor of roofing the longest active primary sponsor among teams in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Team president Larry Foyt said: “It's been a busy off season, which to me is a great thing,” Foyt said. “There are many moving parts as we grow and continue to strengthen our weaknesses as a team. It's wonderful to continue our relationship with ABC Supply and adding two young and fast drivers is exciting for our program.
“I can't remember a time when the Verizon IndyCar Series has been this competitive from top to bottom, so we know we have to work around the clock this winter to meet our goals before the season starts.
“We've had a great deal of changes in a short amount of time, but the team is committed and the group as a whole is moving in the same direction. I'm looking for this positive momentum to translate to on-track results.”
Team owner A.J. Foyt, who turns 82 in January, stated: “Both of our drivers are very young and they’ve got their whole future ahead of them. I’m looking forward to being a part of that future.”
For now, there is no confirmation of the team’s switch from Honda to Chevrolet power.