VETERAN GIAFFONE TO DRIVE FOR FOYT IN 2006 INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005 -- Felipe Giaffone picked the right spot to impress A.J. Foyt earlier this year, and it has paid off with a seat in Foyt's famous No. 14 in the 90th Indianapolis 500.
Giaffone will drive the No. 14 ABC Supply car for legendary four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Foyt in the entire IndyCar® Series in 2006, including the 90th Indianapolis 500 on May 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Foyt's team is switching to Honda engines for the 2006 season and will continue with Dallara chassis and Firestone tires.
2001 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year Giaffone only made one series start in 2005, but it was a strong showing. He finished 15th after starting last in a Foyt entry in the 89th Indianapolis 500, the top performance by the three Foyt cars in the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" last May.
The performance was even more impressive considering Giaffone made the 33-car field on Bump Day with just 30 minutes remaining in qualifying. Giaffone was shopping that afternoon in Indianapolis with his wife, Alice, when Foyt called Giaffone's cell phone and asked Giaffone to drive his car that day.
"After working with Felipe at Indy last year, I was impressed," Foyt said. "Coming in to qualify on Bump Day for the biggest race in the world in a car you've never driven before for a team you've never worked with before, well you're either crazy or a real race driver. He proved to me that he's a real race driver."
Giaffone, 30, has made five career Indianapolis 500 starts, with a top finish of third in 2002. He also qualified an Indy-best fourth that year.
He has one IndyCar Series victory, in 2002 at Kentucky, and 13 top-five finishes in 53 career starts.
"I am glad to be coming back to the IRL with a good team that has a good engine package," Giaffone said. "The little time that I had to work with A.J. last year, we had a good race setup. And now that we will have a strong engine, I am excited about our chances for the season, especially Indianapolis."
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