Foyt gets leg up on title bid by winning pole at Texas.
FORT WORTH, Texas, Friday, Sept. 13, 2002 -- So far, so good for A.J. Foyt IV.
Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series points leader Foyt won the pole Sept. 13 for the season-ending BG Products 100 at Texas Motor Speedway. Foyt, grandson of four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, needs to finish eighth or better in the race at 4 p.m. (EDT) Saturday to win the Firestone Firehawk Cup awarded to the champion of the Indy Racing League development series.
Foyt earned his fourth pole of the season with a top lap of 29.4548 seconds, 177.832 mph in the No. 14 Harrah's/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone. All of his poles have come on 1.5-mile ovals.
"The car was really great in practice, and I knew we had a shot for the pole," Foyt said. "I knew it was going to be tough; there's a lot of fast cars out there, and we were lucky enough to get the pole. Hopefully we'll have a great race tomorrow."
Ronnie Johncox will start second after a lap of 29.7228, 176.228 in the No. 8 REV 1 Racing Special entry. Arie Luyendyk Jr., second in the standings, 28 points behind Foyt, qualified third at 29.9486, 174.900 in the No. 5 Luyendyk Racing entry.
Cory Witherill turned a lap of 30.0348, 174.398 in the No. 92 WSA Healthcare entry to earn the fourth starting spot.
Foyt, second place Luyendyk and third place Ed Carpenter are the drivers mathematically eligible to win the title. But Carpenter, 42 points behind Foyt, struggled by qualifying 13th at 30.5019, 171.727 in the No. 2 Menards/Jack K. Elrod Co./Futaba/Delphi entry.
Past results favor Foyt in this race for the title. Two of his three victories this season have come on 1.5-mile ovals, and his average finish on those tracks this year is 2.7.