IRL: St. Pete: Foyt Racing preview

Felipe Giaffone: No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Honda/Firestone * Felipe Giaffone on the Honda Grand Prix: "This will be my first race on a road course in an open wheel car in about six years. We tested a couple times on the road course at Homestead...

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

* Felipe Giaffone on the Honda Grand Prix: "This will be my first race on a road course in an open wheel car in about six years. We tested a couple times on the road course at Homestead but racing on the streets is a little different, it's bumpier and there isn't as much run-off area. We're a little behind the teams that competed in CART because they have so much information from having raced the street courses right up until they came to the IRL a couple years ago. Still we've made a lot of progress from when I joined A.J.'s team back in December. I am really looking forward to this weekend."

* A.J. Foyt was honored by the city of St. Petersburg Wednesday evening, March 29th when he was named the first recipient of the First Annual Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Legend of Racing Award. Foyt was unable to attend the ceremony because of the death of a close friend, for whose funeral services Foyt flew home to Houston Wednesday morning. Tony George accepted the award on behalf of Foyt from Mayor Rick Baker.

* Giaffone on testing on the road course at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "I'm happy with our test on Tuesday. I think we learned a lot, we gained a second from when we stopped at lunch to when we finished at the end of the day which was a huge improvement. Best of all, we kept getting faster so we're headed in the right direction."

* Last Race: Giaffone qualified the ABC Supply Dallara/Honda in tenth position, started seventh with the withdrawal of the Rahal-Letterman team, and finished eighth. Giaffone ran competitively the entire race but twice he pitted under green only to have the yellow flag come out a lap or two later. "It was a good run for us, considering everything that happened. It was a tough day emotionally for everyone, but I'm pleased with the way things worked in our race. The pitstop timing was unfortunate, but stuff like that can happen any time. Overall, I think we got off to a good start and we can look forward to a competitive season in the ABC Supply car."

* In 2005, Giaffone drove for Foyt's ABC Supply Racing team for the first time when he qualified for the Indianapolis 500 on Bump Day last year. The deal came together very quickly; Giaffone bumped his way into the show, started 33rd and finished 15th in the No. 48 ABC Supply Panoz/Toyota.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Tony George , A.J. Foyt