Foyt IV to drive No. 14 in Texas

A.J. Foyt IV Will Drive No. 14 ABC Supply Indy Car In Bombardier Learjet at Texas Motor Speedway HOUSTON June 2, 2009--Coming home. A.J. Foyt IV, who began his IndyCar career as the driver of the No. 14, comes home to Texas to drive the ABC...

A.J. Foyt IV Will Drive No. 14 ABC Supply Indy Car In Bombardier Learjet at Texas Motor Speedway

HOUSTON June 2, 2009--Coming home. A.J. Foyt IV, who began his IndyCar career as the driver of the No. 14, comes home to Texas to drive the ABC Supply-sponsored No. 14 again in the Bombardier Learjet 550 at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. At this point, the deal is only for Texas.

"I'm excited to get the opportunity to run another race," said Foyt IV. "I really like the track, and not just because it's in Texas. It suits my style, it's fast and the racing is close. Hopefully we get the result we're looking for."

"Anthony has always run well at this track," said the senior Foyt of his decision to hire his grandson for this race. "He hasn't had the results but most of that was because of things that he couldn't help--tires going flat or problems on pit stops. He likes the track which is good because a lot of drivers don't care for it. Plus we've worked with him so we know what he likes, and he knows what he wants from these cars."

When asked about the demands of the track, Foyt IV said: "The track is pretty easy to run by yourself in practice and qualifying but it gets much tougher in the race. The racing is real close and the car doesn't handle as well in the traffic but you're still trying to run the same speed so it gets pretty tough, but I enjoy racing at Texas."

Foyt IV knows what Texas-tough means--he drove for his legendary grandfather from 2003 through 2005. His best result at Texas Motor Speedway came with his grandfather's team in 2004 when he started 11th and finished 10th. This year, Foyt IV returned to the ABC Supply team for the Indianapolis 500 where he qualified on the second day to start 19th. He finished 16th in the race.

Foyt IV is the second driver to replace the injured Vitor Meira whose return is not expected until late September.

The Bombardier Learjet 550 will be televised on the Versus channel Saturday night starting at 9pm Eastern time.

-credit: ajfr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Foyt IV , Vitor Meira