Three-year Indy Racing League IndyCar Series racer A.J. Foyt IV will make an impromptu return to the cockpit for the season finale at Chicagoland. Foyt, who drove for his grandfather A.J. Foyt's team, will substitute for injured driver Dario Franchitti. Franchitti, who posted his best finish of second this year at the last round in Sonoma, sustained a concussion in a qualifying accident for the Goodwood Revival of Speed in England.
Foyt has not driven IndyCars this season, having signed a developmental contract to race in the NASCAR Busch Series for Ray Evernham. The contract was terminated and the 22-year-old Hockley, Texas native has been sidelined ever since.
However, this one race deal with Andretti Green should give the youngest Foyt his best chance to release his potential. His best career finish is ninth. "I'm very excited to have an opportunity like this to drive the Klein Tools/Canadian Club car for Andretti Green," he said. "It's obviously a great race team and should be a very competitive car on Sunday. We're going to be able to do this at a place where I've got a lot of laps and I expect to have a good, strong weekend."
Foyt will run a refresher test on September 7th to get reacquainted with the IndyCar. "We're looking forward to having Anthony in the Klein Tools/Canadian Club car this weekend," commented team co-owner Michael Andretti. "It's unfortunate that Dario won't be able to drive, but we're confident that Anthony will do a great job for us. He's got a lot of natural talent and we're hoping to give him a fast car this weekend."
Franchitti's status for the foreseeable future is uncertain. His contract with AGR expires at the end of this weekend's event and he has left his options open. He has been rumored to be the driver that will fill the RuSPORT #10 entry vacated by the injured Cristiano da Matta in the Champ Car World Series, though nothing official has been announced. Presumably this accident may derail those plans, should they come to fruition.