IRL: Richmond: Foyt Racing preview

Felipe Giaffone: ABC Supply No. 14 Dallara/Honda/Firestone * Giaffone on Richmond International Raceway: "Richmond is one of my very favorite tracks. I love to drive there. You have to push harder but the car has a lot of downforce so the car...

Felipe Giaffone: ABC Supply No. 14 Dallara/Honda/Firestone

* Giaffone on Richmond International Raceway: "Richmond is one of my very favorite tracks. I love to drive there. You have to push harder but the car has a lot of downforce so the car holds good to the track. Things happen very fast and it's very exciting for the drivers and the fans. The track is very physically demanding so you better work out and be in shape for this race. The steering wheel gets very heavy during the race but it's the same for everybody."

* Best Finishes at RIR: To date, Giaffone's best finish at Richmond is third in 2002. His worst finish is 11th in his rookie season (2001). He was running well until tangling with Airton Dare in turn two after which he pitted for repairs and rejoined the race. Giaffone finished in the top 10 in his last three starts at Richmond. The Foyt team's best finish is sixth with Dare in 2002. The best start for both of them is seventh.

* ABC Supply customers Douglas Rice and his son Michael have won the 'Your Name Here' contest for the SunTrust Indy Challenge. Their company name Glen Burnie Roofing LLC will be on the top of the sidepods of the No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Honda. Glen Burnie Roofing LLC, nearly 20 years old, is located in Glen Burnie, MD. The Rices will receive selected merchandise, race tickets, hospitality and garage passes, plus a Meet and Greet with Giaffone and Foyt. The "Your Name Here" promotion selected winners by random drawing from a pool of entries sent in by ABC Supply customers earlier this year.

* A.J. Foyt on Grand Marshal Chris Economaki: "One thing I really respect about Chris is that he will always find out the truth. It takes a lot more work but I think it pays off in the long run. Now I do have to disagree with him in a recent interview where he said I was one of the luckiest drivers he knew because I believe you make your own luck. Plus I have an awful lot of scars and broken bones for a guy that's supposed to be lucky. But all in all, Chris has been a good friend to me and to racing."

* Speaking of scars, Foyt is scheduled to have his left knee replaced with an artificial knee on Monday following the race at Richmond. "My knee's gotten so bad that I can't wait until the season is over to have it done," said Foyt. "I've been putting it off for about five years now but I can't do that anymore." The ensuing rehabilitation means that Foyt will miss both the Kansas and Nashville race events.

* USAC standout Josh Wise has been hired to drive Foyt's new No. 14 Silver Crown car this weekend. The car is sponsored by Jim Greer, a friend from Houston who bought Foyt his first midget.

* A.J. on Tom Carnegie's retirement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway: "I've always admired Tom--he was a real gentleman and a great ambassador for the sport. He hung in there for many, many years. But there comes a time in everyone's life when you have to stop and he realized his time had come. It's gonna kill him like it killed me--it's hard to step down. I know I'll definitely miss Tom. I might just have to hire him to come into my garage and give me a few lines now and then just so I know I'm at Indy."

* The SunTrust Indy Challenge will be shown live at 8:00 PM eastern time Saturday night, June 24th on ESPN2.

-www.foytracing.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Airton Daré , Josh Wise , A.J. Foyt