IRL: Michigan: A.J. Foyt IV preview

A.J. Foyt IV: ABC Supply/No. 14 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone * A.J. Foyt IV on Michigan: "Michigan is one of those horsepower tracks that if you don't have it, you're in for a long day. The track itself is not bad to get around when you're by ...

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

* A.J. Foyt IV on Michigan: "Michigan is one of those horsepower tracks that if you don't have it, you're in for a long day. The track itself is not bad to get around when you're by yourself in practice or qualifying but in the race, you have to be extra careful. You run very close together which can be pretty exciting but you also have to watch out for the seams on the track. Where those seams meet, there is a slight change in the elevations between the sections of pavement. At over 220 mph, depending on how you hit them, it can upset the car. The other thing that is important here is working the draft. If we have green flag pit stops, we'll try to work it out with some other teams that we pit together so we can have a drafting partner when we get back on the track."

* Michigan Ties: Team manager Craig Baranouski hails from nearby Coldwater, Mich. He entered the motorsports business working with racers at the local short tracks. His focus soon zeroed in the Indy cars. Prior to joining Foyt's team in 1986, Baranouski worked with the late Scott Brayton's team and also Pat Patrick's team when Emerson Fittipaldi was driving for him.

* At Milwaukee last week, A.J. IV competed in both the USAC Silver Crown race and the ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225. After a four-year layoff, Foyt IV returned to drive George Snider's entry and qualified 10th. The 100-lapper race was halted after 19 laps for four hours due to rain. He was running 11th at the time but the track changed when the race was resumed and his car didn't handle as well. He dropped back on the restart and was running 14th when he spun with 11 laps to go; he was credited with 21st. Race day for the Indy cars didn't start out well for Foyt IV who crashed when the car got loose coming off turn two in the morning's final practice session. The ABC Supply team worked until race time repairing the car. However, in the race, Foyt IV dropped back saying the car had no overall grip. Team owner A.J. Foyt told him to park it which he did after 19 laps. He finished 21st.

* The Firestone Indy 400 will be televised live Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Foyt IV , Emerson Fittipaldi , A.J. Foyt