IRL: Nashville: Foyt Racing preview

A.J. Foyt IV: Conseco No. 14 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone * A.J. Foyt IV on Nashville: "Nashville is different from every other track we race on. It's the only track that is concrete and 1.3 miles long, somewhere between a short track and a ...

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

* A.J. Foyt IV on Nashville: "Nashville is different from every other track we race on. It's the only track that is concrete and 1.3 miles long, somewhere between a short track and a superspeedway. It will be challenging but I think we've made some gains as a team since Indy and we've run competitively. The car ran strong at Kansas but we had the pitstop problem which hurt us in the results. Still, we've got some positive momentum going and I want to keep it going."

* A.J. Foyt and his grandson A.J. IV will both attend the special event being staged by the Oceanic Conservation Organization in downtown Nashville Thursday evening. The group is trying to raise awareness about the 'race to save the oceans' for future generations. OCO will screen a 30 minute documentary which includes some dramatic footage of blue and white marlin. The footage was captured through use of the National Geographic 'Critter Cam' and a revolutionary Marlin satellite-tagging device which will be demonstrated by Dr. Jay Rooker.

* At the Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300: "We had a bad push at the start, but after our first pit stop, the car was handling great," said Foyt IV afterwards. "We ran into more bad luck when the air hose got stuck on our next stop, and we had to pit again, plus take a 10-second penalty. But we didn't give up, and we passed some top cars, so we know we can run with the guys that win races. It was fun." Foyt started 14th, lost several laps on a botched pitstop under green and came back to finish 13th.

* At Nashville last year, A.J. IV started 16th and finished 17th. "My car was good in practice during the day but we were off on our nighttime set-up," Foyt IV said afterwards. "From the start of the race, the car had a real bad push which meant I would have to wait before I could put the power down or the car would slide up to the wall. It was a long night and I just tried to hang on and finish the race which we did."

* 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 time on ESPN.

* For more information on the Foyt Racing programs, please check out the following Web sites: www.foytracing.com and www.conseco.com.

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