DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Jan. 23, 2001) -- A.J. Foyt has experienced plenty of success at Daytona International Speedway, winning the 1972 Daytona 500, the 1964 and 1965 Pepsi 400 and the 1983 and 1985 Rolex 24 At Daytona. On Tuesday at the ...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Jan. 23, 2001) -- A.J. Foyt has experienced plenty of success at Daytona International Speedway, winning the 1972 Daytona 500, the 1964 and 1965 Pepsi 400 and the 1983 and 1985 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
On Tuesday at the Speedway, Larry Foyt, the 23-year-old son of the legendary driver, was at the famed 2.5-mile tri-oval participating in NASCAR Busch Grand National Series testing in preparation for the Feb.17 NAPA Auto Parts 300.
"It's such a neat place," said the younger Foyt about Daytona. "It's one of the those places where there's so much history. It's the big one. It's the Super Bowl for us. It's awesome to be here and it's a neat facility."
Foyt, who completed his rookie season last year in the American Speed Association, will be competing for Rookie of the Year honors in the Busch Series driving the No. 14 Harrah's Chevrolet for his father. His first race, the NAPA Auto Parts 300, will be the biggest of the season.
"It's going to be tough," said Foyt, who recently graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in speech communication. "I almost wish this wasn't the first race so I could get a couple under my belt before I come here."
He has gotten off to a good start at Daytona by posting the seventh fastest speed on Tuesday with a lap of 181.991 mph.
For the second straight day, Lyndon Amick was fastest with a lap of 183.411 mph in the No. 35b Chevrolet.
Amick says there's still work to be done for his crew. "We're throwing everything we got at it," Amick said. "We've got to go back (to the shop) and work even harder."
Foyt says he's pleased with his first trip to Daytona as a competitor. "We're happy," Foyt said. "We're trying different things. Some things work, some things don't, but that's what you're here to do. We're running our primary car today, we ran our backup car yesterday. We're in the hunt."
Foyt got some help from his father during the first day of testing on Monday.
"I was explaining to him where the best groove is and where the bumps are on the race track," said A.J. Foyt, who purchased the Busch Series team from Dale Earnhardt Inc. over the winter. "I'm telling him to take it easy."
"It's a big step for him. He has done some testing in Indy cars and things like that. He has won championships in the go-karts. The biggest thing is that he has got to learn the tracks a little bit more and then learn the drivers that he is running against."
While A.J. Foyt has experienced Victory Lane at Daytona as a driver, he would love to experience it as a father and owner after his son's first victory at the "World Center of Racing."
"It would be great, but that's an awful lot to ask of him," Foyt said. "You can never can tell. It's a race anybody can win."
Because rain delayed the start of Tuesday's session until around noon, odd-numbered teams in last year's owner's standings will be allowed to test until noon on Wednesday with the even-numbered teams, which will begin their two-day test session on Wednesday morning. Testing is free and open to the public with access through the lobby of DAYTONA USA, the Ultimate Motorsports Attraction.
Fans can purchase tickets to watch Larry Foyt and the rest of the Busch Series drivers compete in the Feb. 17 NAPA Auto Parts 300 online or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (904) 253-7223.