IRL: Nashville: A.J. Foyt IV preview

A.J. Foyt IV: ABC Supply No. 14 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone A.J. Foyt IV on Nashville Superspeedway: "Nashville is a concrete track which can be very challenging to drive, it's certainly different. We haven't run well there the last two years. I...

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

A.J. Foyt IV on Nashville Superspeedway: "Nashville is a concrete track which can be very challenging to drive, it's certainly different. We haven't run well there the last two years. I feel like we've gotten better since then so hopefully we'll have a better performance there this year."

Branching out: A.J. Foyt IV plans to drive a Silver Crown car for USAC team owner George Snider at the Milwaukee Mile next weekend as part of the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 weekend. "I like driving different types of cars," said Foyt IV. "It's been four years since I've been in a Silver Crown car but I'm looking forward to running for George. My first test in a Silver Crown car was at Phoenix driving George's car back in 2001. It was fun."

At the Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300: Foyt IV finished 16th on the lead lap. "Overall, it was a solid run," said Foyt IV, who started 21st. "We worked hard to get that finish and it feels like we should have finished better, at least in the top 10. But I'm happy for the team that everything went smoothly. The car was pushing in the beginning but we made the car better throughout the race."

At Nashville last year, A.J. IV weathered all sorts of problems to finish 16th. Initially his right rear tire sustained a puncture and developed a slow leak which necessitated an early pitstop. Then debris from a crash damaged the rear wing's right end fence which had to be replaced under green flag racing. It also damaged the right rear wheel sensor which led to problems with the traction control and eventually the engine necessitating a tow-in. However, the traction control was disengaged enabling Foyt IV to finish the race, albeit ten laps down.

Past performance at Nashville Superspeedway for Foyt's IRL team shows his cars running well in the race but not finishing. In 2002 Airton Dare was leading when he moved high to avoid contact with Sam Hornish who was challenging for the lead. Dare got into the marbles and hit the wall. Eliseo Salazar was running as high as second but a pitstop under green cost him two laps. He eventually crashed out while getting passed by the leader. Greg Ray also crashed after hitting fluid and spinning. In 2001, Donnie Beechler finished 10th and Salazar was credited with 11th after the engine blew on lap 148 of 200.

The Firestone Indy 200 will be televised live Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. eastern on ESPN.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Eliseo Salazar , Airton Daré , A.J. Foyt IV , Donnie Beechler , A.J. Foyt