Foyt Replaces Andretti at the All-Stars Karting Classic
Seattle , WA -- (December 8, 2006) : The exciting news of Marco Andretti's Honda Formula One test in Jerez, Spain next week has made his scheduled appearance at the All-Stars Karting Classic event at the PRI Show impossible.
However, Bryan Herta, founder of the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL, didn't have to look long to find a young, talented replacement with a rich racing heritage. Anthony Foyt IV, who spent time in 2006 racing in both the IndyCar and NASCAR Busch Series, will replace Andretti on the SSC East -- CRG squad.
Foyt, the 2002 Indy Pro Series Champion and a veteran of three full IndyCar seasons, was excited at the invitation extended by Herta, "I think this is going to be a lot of fun, and I want to thank Bryan and SSC East for inviting me to come and race. I came up in karting and can't wait to get in the seat on Thursday night."
Foyt IV was a teammate to both Marco Andretti and Herta on the Andretti-Green squad at the IndyCar season finale this season at Chicagoland Speedway, where he substituted for the injured Dario Franchitti. He also ran the first portion of this season's NASCAR Busch Series the Akins Motorsports team. Foyt IV, 22, is the grandson of the legendary A.J. Foyt and has a karting background on both dirt and pavement that includes titles in both the IKF and K.A.R.T organizations.
Stars of Karting series graduate Andretti is obviously excited about his first shot in an F-1 car next week, but was disappointed about the schedule conflict it created with the All-Stars Karting Classic, "I am very excited, but I hated having to tell Bryan that I wasn't going to be able to race at the PRI Show. I still want to thank SSC East and Bryan for the invite. I know it will be a great time."
The lineup for the Masters Division of the All-Stars Karting Classic now includes Bryan Herta (IndyCar/ALMS), Anthony Foyt IV (IndyCar/NASCAR Busch), Buddy Rice (IndyCar), Wayne Taylor (Grand-Am), Doug Herbert (NHRA), Ron Capps (NHRA), Larry Dixon (NHRA), Alex Tagliani (ChampCar), and Memo Gidley (Grand-Am).
The race will feature the SSC East - CRG, First Kart North America, Trackmagic, Tony Kart USA, Sodi Racing USA, Grand Products-Top Kart, and BTK - Arrow teams from the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL and utilize karts with the popular 125-cc electric start spec engines that have proliferated the marketplace in recent years. Series title Snap-on Tools has also stepped up to support the television broadcast of the event on the Versus Network, which will take place with two separate one-hour segments in January of 2007. DWT and Alpinestars have also thrown in there support to the event.
Racing action will start at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 14 on a temporary track constructed adjacent to the Convention Center. Show attendees will be able to progress straight from the PRI Trade Show's Happy Hour directly out to the racing action.