Matheus Leist1997-09-08 (age 22)
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IndyCar driver Matheus Leist will switch to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next season after signing to drive for the JDC-Miller MotorSports squad.
AJ Foyt Racing’s team president Larry Foyt and VP of operations Scott Harner have spoken candidly about focusing on rebuilding for 2020 as the team’s 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season appears to be a near-repeat of last year’s troubled campaign.
AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt has confirmed that the team’s principal sponsor and its veteran/rising star lineup of Tony Kanaan and Matheus Leist will all remain with the team in 2019.
Tony Kanaan’s starring role, then misfortune, in last Sunday’s Indy 500 prompted A.J. Foyt to repeat the consolatory expression used by Mario Andretti after he retired while leading the 1987 Indy 500 – “They knew we were here.”
The three drivers who attempted today’s Rookie Orientation Program for the Indianapolis 500 have all passed, although a gearbox issue forced Robert Wickens to switch to teammate James Hinchcliffe’s car.
Larry Foyt says that the new and more positive atmosphere within AJ Foyt Racing has created a lot of expectation – but says he’s fine with the fact that others haven’t yet registered the team’s progress.
Matheus Leist got his IndyCar career off to a flying start by clocking a 61.7231sec lap of the 1.8-mile street/runway course in his AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet to grab top spot.
Larry Foyt, president of AJ Foyt Racing, believes the arrival from Ganassi of IndyCar veteran Tony Kanaan and race engineer Eric Cowdin can lift the team’s performances – but warned not to read too much into the team’s encouraging testing form.
Larry Foyt says AJ Foyt Racing’s 2018 rookie Matheus Leist “has been impressive everywhere,” although his four incidents with the walls at Phoenix’s ISM Raceway have shown how much he still has to learn.
Indy Lights graduate Matheus Leist says he’s “living the dream” in IndyCar, after shining in testing at Sonoma Raceway road course and the oval ISM Raceway in Phoenix.
AJ Foyt Racing rookie Matheus Leist believes he will adapt quicker to IndyCars with the new universal aerokit as it is closer in downforce to the Indy Lights car which he raced successfully for Carlin in 2017.
Matheus Leist scored his third victory in four Indy Lights races at Iowa to pare down his championship deficit to 13 points behind Kyle Kaiser, who could only salvage fifth.
Carlin Racing’s Matheus Leist led from start to finish to rack up his second consecutive Indy Lights victory at Road America and move to second in the championship.
Freedom 100 winner Matheus Leist took pole position for Indy Lights’ first race of the weekend at Road America, beating Carlin Racing teammate Neil Alberico by two tenths of a second.
Matheus Leist: "To be honest, I felt under pressure the whole race..."
Nico Jamin, Zachary Claman DeMelo, Matheus Leist and Dalton Kellett are set to test for Andretti Autosport and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in Wednesday’s team test at Road America.
Matheus Leist drove Carlin Racing to Victory Lane at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, holding off strong challenges from Aaron Telitz and Dalton Kellett, who swapped places on the final lap.
Reigning Pro Mazda champion Aaron Telitz made a brilliant start to his Indy Lights career, putting his Belardi Auto Racing entry on pole for his series debut.
As in the Homestead-Miami Speedway oval test, it was an Andretti Autosport 1-2 in Indy Lights’ road course test today, only this time it was Colton Herta heading teammate Nico Jamin.