FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 6, 2000) - A.J. Foyt will leave a legacy in auto racing that will be unprecedented in the history of the sport. Few achievements have eluded him as a driver and now as a race team owner. Foyt has focused much of his ...
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 6, 2000) - A.J. Foyt will leave a legacy in auto racing that will be unprecedented in the history of the sport. Few achievements have eluded him as a driver and now as a race team owner. Foyt has focused much of his attention as an owner on his two Indy Racing League programs, but he enters 2000 with an additional challenge. He is fielding a NASCAR Winston Cup team with rookie driver Mike Bliss, who will be trying to make the field for the DIRECTV 500 on April 2 at Texas Motor Speedway.
"It is a special feeling for me to come home and race in Texas in NASCAR again," Foyt said. "I always want to run well here. As many friends as I have down here, it was just something we felt we should do. And, it is just good racing."
Foyt, an icon in motorsports, has opted to show patience in developing his Winston Cup team over a period of time with a young driver like Bliss.
"I like the challenge of taking something new and making it work," Foyt says of his Winston Cup venture. "I would rather go with a new operation like this, with a young driver, and know that there is a little extra hunger to want to win. There is an unknown factor, but there's a great desire to win by this team too."
Foyt, coming off knee surgery in February, has been busy getting this NASCAR team together. He says he only began assembling the components last fall.
"My hat goes off to all the people we have put together on this team," the venerable Texan said. "We have really done a year's job in about three months."
Foyt's NASCAR operation is based out of Charlotte, N.C., where he built a new shop to house the team. Bliss qualified for the season-opening Daytona 500 but has failed to make the field for the past two NASCAR events at Rockingham and Las Vegas. But Foyt reminds the faithful it is a long season.
"We are in this for the long haul," Foyt said. "This won't be an immediate thing, and we know that. There is a learning curve for the team this year, but that is not to say we are not going to go out there and try to win. You know how badly I want to win out here."
Foyt's amazing career as a driver included 41 stock car wins, including the Daytona 500.