IRL: Michigan: Foyt Racing preview

Ed Carpenter: No. 14 Futaba/Delphi Dallara A.J. Foyt IV on Michigan:"I'm looking forward to running at Michigan this coming weekend. Michigan is very similar to California Speedway where I had a good test with the Conseco car at the beginning of...

Ed Carpenter: No. 14 Futaba/Delphi Dallara

A.J. Foyt IV on Michigan:"I'm looking forward to running at Michigan this coming weekend. Michigan is very similar to California Speedway where I had a good test with the Conseco car at the beginning of the season. Going into Michigan. I feel a lot more confident, so I think we'll do pretty good. Plus, we won the Infiniti Pro Series race there last year, so I have some good memories."

Foyt IV will be testing at Gateway International Raceway next Tuesday and Wednesday in preparation for the August 10th event there. The team will then drop off owner A.J. in Indy on Thursday as he prepares for the Brickyard 400 with his son Larry who is a rookie in the NASCAR Winston Cup series.

Coming home again...Foyt Racing Team Manager Craig Baranouski returns to his home state of Michigan where his team will compete about 40 miles east of his hometown of Coldwater. Baranouski, 43, joined Foyt's team after the end of the 1986 season and is second only to General Manager Jack Starne in terms of consecutive years of service (Starne has been with Foyt since 1967). Baranouski began his Indy car career in 1982 with the late Scott Brayton, with whom he worked for four years before working on Pat Patrick's race team for a season. As a kid, Baranouski watched races at nearby Butler Motor Speedway in Quincy and later worked on several race teams competing there.

Past performance for Foyt Racing at Michigan International Speedway: Last year Foyt fielded three Indy cars, with Eliseo Salazar posting the best qualifying run (9th). A mechanic's mistake on the car's pre-race prep proved costly as Salazar never contended for the victory; he placed 19th. Airton Dare started 13th and finished 23rd, he dropped out with throttle sensor problems. Greg Ray started 23rd and finished 17th. A.J. Foyt IV qualified 2nd for the Infiniti Pro Series and won the rain-shortened race after a heated battle with Arie Luyendyk, Jr. and Ed Carpenter.

Ed Carpenter on Michigan:

"I am looking forward to returning to Michigan International Speedway. Last year, I finished third in the rain-shortened race, and I feel like we should be strong, returning with the team that won the race last year. My main objective of the weekend is to win the race and beat Mark Taylor and the Panther Racing team. They have established such a large points lead. It will be hard to beat them in the championship without gaining some points back on them soon. I still feel that we can win the championship. It will be an uphill battle for the rest of the season, but I feel we can come through and win the championship."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mark Taylor , Greg Ray , Eliseo Salazar , Arie Luyendyk , Airton Daré , A.J. Foyt IV , Ed Carpenter