Richmond: AJ Foyt Racing preview

* Ryan Hunter-Reay on racing at Richmond: "The key to the getting around there is making the front of the car work very well. The radius [radii] of the corners are so short that the challenge is getting the front grip to stay in the car late in...

* Ryan Hunter-Reay on racing at Richmond: "The key to the getting around there is making the front of the car work very well. The radius [radii] of the corners are so short that the challenge is getting the front grip to stay in the car late in the corner...that's the biggest issue. Traffic is the other issue. It's very tough at Richmond to get through traffic and to make a move on a car because number 1, all the teams are so close now that the speeds of the cars are very similar, and number 2, there's no room. There's no room to make any passes so when you do make one, it ends up usually being a tight pass going into turn one. It's a tough track."

* Hunter-Reay's initial impression of the ¾-mile banked oval? "I was amazed that we could get around there as fast as we can in these Indy cars. When you first look at it you think it's way too small for an Indy car race to race on. It's definitely different from anywhere else we race and it's definitely challenging for the drivers. I'm looking forward to going back."

* Hunter-Reay will be making his second start at Richmond. In his first start last year, he was fastest in the second practice. "We worked on the car," he said. "It was a situation where we made the car better and better and that's what we're looking to do with the ABC Supply car this weekend: to make it better every time we go out and give me the tools I need to get as flat out as I can, and be on the throttle as much as possible." Unfortunately last year, electrical problems surfaced when he went to qualify and the car failed to start, forcing him to the back of the starting grid in 25th place. In the race he moved up to 10th before tangling with Mario Moraes in turns three and four on lap 143. He placed 16th.

* Hunter-Reay will be making his second start in the No. 14 ABC Supply car this weekend. He hopes his second race for A.J. Foyt lasts longer than his first one in Iowa last week. On lap one, he was passing Robert Doornbos on the low side between turns three and four when the rookie lost control of his car, did a quarter spin and tagged the No. 14 hard enough to knock out its right front suspension and wing. He placed 19th. Hunter-Reay is now 11th in the Driver standings while the Foyt team is 18th in the Entrant points.

* Past performances at Richmond: The Foyt team's best finish at Richmond is 6th with Airton Dare in 2002 and their best start is 7th with Eliseo Salazar in 2001.

* Best Roofing of Tidewater, located in Virginia Beach, VA, is this weekend's winner of the ABC Supply Your Name Here Promotion for its customers. The company name will be put on the top of the sidepods of the No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Honda. Don Harrelson and a guest will receive selected merchandise, race tickets, hospitality and garage passes, plus a Meet and Greet with Ryan Hunter-Reay. The "Your Name Here" promotion selected winners by random drawing from a pool of entries sent in by ABC Supply customers earlier this year.

-credit: ajfr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Airton Daré , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Mario Moraes , A.J. Foyt