IRL: Milwaukee: A. J. Foyt IV preview

A.J. Foyt IV: ABC Supply/No. 14 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone A.J. Foyt IV on Milwaukee: "Milwaukee is the flattest track that we run on and that makes it a tougher track to drive. You have to find the right set-up or the car will be horrible all...

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

A.J. Foyt IV on Milwaukee: "Milwaukee is the flattest track that we run on and that makes it a tougher track to drive. You have to find the right set-up or the car will be horrible all day which is what happened to us last year. We learned some things from last year that will help us this weekend. We've just had three two-day shows in a row and this one is a three-day show so we'll have some extra time to figure it out."

AJ Foyt 225 race sponsor ABC Supply Co. will entertain nearly 1500 employees and customers at the race this weekend. The roofing and siding supplier is based in nearby Beloit where the annual company picnic will be held this Thursday evening. Both A.J. Foyt and his grandson A.J. IV will visit with the employees. The IRL Fan Experience will also be set up at company headquarters to complete the racing themed picnic. ABC Supply Co. inked a multi-year sponsorship with A.J. Foyt's team starting with the Indy 500. "It's great to have a sponsor that shows our team so much support and interest," said Foyt. "Everywhere we've gone they've had a big turn-out of people which says a lot about the relationship that ABC has with its customers and employees. We're going to work hard to give them something to cheer about this weekend."

Camera on board: For the first time this season, the No. 14 car will carry an on-board camera.

Double duty: A.J. IV will be doing double duty this weekend as he returns to the USAC Silver Crown Series to drive the ABC Supply/No. 111 Beast/Chevy owned by George Snider. "It's been about four years since I drove a Silver Crown car but I think I'll get used to it pretty quick," said Foyt IV. "George's car ran good here last year so I know the equipment will be good. The Silver Crown cars are quite different from the Indy cars. Unlike the Indy cars, if the set-up's not perfect on a Silver Crown car, the driver can make up for it more--the cars move around quite a bit so you can drive them more and not get in trouble like you would with an Indy car. I'm looking forward to it."

Foyt's prior Silver Crown experience was limited to a couple appearances at the mile dirt tracks including the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana Fairgrounds. However, he drove Snider's car at Phoenix during a private test session in 2001.

The Silver Crown experience will be only the second time in his professional career that A.J. IV is driving for someone other than his grandfather. And like Snider, his other owner was a former Foyt driver--Davey Hamilton. Foyt IV drove Hamilton's supermodified last September at Madera (Calif.) Speedway where he set quick time and finished fourth in the feature.

At the Firestone Indy 200: A.J. IV started 20th (based on practice times because qualifying was rained out) and finished 12th for his second best finish of the season.

A.J. Foyt's performance at Milwaukee shows that he has 46 Indy Car starts there, the most starts at one track for him in an Indy car. In 1965, he competed there three times in an Indy car although the August 22nd event was the most memorable one because he set fast time driving his dirt championship car. He finished second in the race against many rear-engine cars. "I felt like I was driving a greyhound bus against a bunch of sporty cars," Foyt said afterwards. He has won four times at Milwaukee (1960, 64, 75, 79) and has finished second there six times. His most serious accident occurred in 1966 when he burned his hands and face after crashing in practice. He also competed there 44 times in the USAC stock car series, winning six races.

The ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Indy 225 will be televised live Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. eastern time on ESPN.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Davey Hamilton , A.J. Foyt IV , A.J. Foyt