IRL: Milwaukee IndyCar race named for Foyt

IRL: Milwaukee IndyCar race named for Foyt

The legendary A.J. Foyt Jr., first to win four Indianapolis 500 Mile races has procured season sponsorship in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series for his grandson A.J. Foyt IV (Anthony) with ABC Supply, Inc., the Beloit, Wisconsin-based leading...

The legendary A.J. Foyt Jr., first to win four Indianapolis 500 Mile races has procured season sponsorship in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series for his grandson A.J. Foyt IV (Anthony) with ABC Supply, Inc., the Beloit, Wisconsin-based leading firm in contractor distribution of roofing, siding, windows, gutters and ancillary supplies.

A.J. Foyt - ABC Supply press conference: A.J. Foyt.
Photo by Michael C. Johnson.
In addition, ABC Supply has signed up to sponsor the League's second trip to the famed Milwaukee Mile, the oldest continuously operating permanent race track in the United States. The League's July 24th race will be known as the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225.

"As a Wisconsin-based company, and with so many of our customers and associates in the area, we are thrilled to sponsor the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 at The Milwaukee Mile," declared company founder and CEO Ken Hendricks. "After all, what better way to experience Indy car racing than by sponsoring a race in our own backyard?

"We're proud to be connected with an American icon like A.J. Foyt," Hendricks confirmed. "We are excited to be part of this race at Indianapolis (and through the season) in addition to placing our name" on a local contest.

Talking about his grandson, Foyt remarked, "Anthony has progressed much better over the past year. It's hard for him to accept the fact that he's got a championship under his belt (in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series) and to run like this. Every time you turn a lap at a place like this," Foyt Jr. continued, "you learn something and he's picking up more and more each day."

The legendary Foyt understands why he's struggling this month in the 89th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. "We've got as good a team as anybody but if you don't have horsepower you're hurting." He inferred Honda has more horsepower available than does Toyota. "There's nothing we can do about that. I've got rookies on my team so we're behind the eight-ball there, too."

Foyt thinks the new qualifying format for this race is, simply "something different. I think you should be able to stand on your time or start over like they do at Daytona with the top two locked in, but that's just ol' A.J. talking here."

American Builders and Contractors Supply Co., Inc. (ABC Supply) has been in business since 1982. Foyt feels a kinship with the self-made member of the prestigious Forbes 400 Richest People list because, "He come up like I did, the not the easy way. You appreciate more that way," Foyt acknowledged.

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