IRL: Kentucky: A.J. Foyt preview

A.J. Foyt IV: No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone * Foyt Team Switches to Chevy Power: Beginning with this race, the ABC Supply No. 14 Dallara will be powered by the Chevy Indy V-8. "We're not satisfied with the performance so we're...

A.J. Foyt IV: No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone

* Foyt Team Switches to Chevy Power: Beginning with this race, the ABC Supply No. 14 Dallara will be powered by the Chevy Indy V-8. "We're not satisfied with the performance so we're making a change to Chevrolet," said team owner A.J. Foyt.

* Busy Bees: A.J. Foyt has been known to stir up a hornets' nest in his career but it was bees that brought him to his knees this past weekend. Clearing brush with a bulldozer at one of his ranches Saturday afternoon, Foyt disturbed a beehive and he was immediately swarmed. He hopped off the 'dozer and made his way to a creek about 150 feet away but stumbled to the ground twice over the rough terrain. A ranch hand working in another field rushed to his aid and called 9-1-1. Indy's first four-time 500 winner was treated by paramedics but he refused to go to the hospital. He was stung over 200 times mostly in the head and neck area. Returning to the scene on Monday with members of the Texas A&M Agricultural Department, Foyt said they collected over 60,000 bees. "I've hired someone to clear out the rest of that stuff," said Foyt. "I've been hurt pretty bad in a race car but this was one of the worst things I ever went through. When I fell the second time, I was ready to give up right then. It's a good thing I didn't because the Ag guys who came out Monday told me that bees will keep stinging you until they kill you." Last September Foyt slipped when stepping off a large backhoe and tore his rotator cuff in his right arm severely enough to require surgery and a three-month re-hab program. Foyt, 70, last competed in a race in 1996 (NASCAR Craftsman Truck race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway) but it appears lately that working on his ranches is proving to be a challenge to his staying healthy.

* Foyt on Tony Stewart's Win at Indy: "I had the race on my TV but it was hard for me to actually see Tony win because my eyes were so swollen from the bee attack. But I'm really happy for him because I understand how much winning at Indy means to him. He left a message on my cell phone about him winning a race that I didn't, but when I see him, I'll have to remind him that I had won Indy three times by the time I was his age. Maybe he'll become the first driver to win at Indy in a stock car and an Indy car, I'd like to see him do that."

* A.J. Foyt IV on Kentucky: "I'm looking forward to going back to Kentucky because we had a good car there last year. We had some bad luck because we weren't getting the fuel mileage we needed and we got caught out by the yellow one time and lost a lap. I think we should have a good finish if we have any luck at all because we have a good set-up for that track and Kentucky is a track where handling is important."

* Kentucky Ties: Driver A.J. Foyt IV was born in Louisville on May 25, 1984. At the time, his father Tony (A.J. III) was training horses which he did for over 15 years before moving back to Texas to manage his father's cattle ranches in 1990.

* At Michigan last week, A.J. IV started 21st and finished 12th by avoiding other drivers' mishaps. He is currently 18th in the Drivers' standings.

* The AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 will be televised live Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time on ABC-TV.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , A.J. Foyt IV , A.J. Foyt