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IndyCar racer Leist makes IMSA switch with JDC-Miller

IndyCar driver Matheus Leist will switch to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next season after signing to drive for the JDC-Miller MotorSports squad.

Foyt “rebuilding for 2020” during current disappointment

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.

Ex-Ganassi team manager joins AJ Foyt Racing

Scott Harner, who departed Chip Ganassi Racing earlier this month, has joined AJ Foyt Racing as VP of operations and will be based in the team’s Speedway, IN. race shop.

IndyCar’s big questions of 2019

As the NTT IndyCar Series gathers at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the first large group test of 2019, David Malsher looks at some of the main topics to watch in the season ahead.

Foyt confirms ABC Supply, Kanaan, Leist to remain in 2019

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.

“They knew we were here,” says Foyt after Kanaan stars at Indy

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.”

Wickens, Leist, Kaiser complete Rookie Orientation at Indy

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.

Foyt trying to temper expectations despite promising start

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.

St. Pete IndyCar: Rookie Leist puts AJ Foyt Racing on top in FP1

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.

Foyt: Kanaan and Cowdin can “take us to the next level”

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.

IndyCar 2018 – a team-by-team guide

Who can we expect to see challenging Team Penske for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship, and what are the achievable targets for all the teams in a season of technical upheaval? David Malsher is your guide.

Rookie Leist “can become a big deal in IndyCar” says Foyt

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.

“Everything is positive,” says Leist after two strong IndyCar tests

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.

New IndyCar a “step closer” to Indy Lights, says rookie Leist

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.

Foyt signs Leist to partner Kanaan in 2018

Matheus Leist will graduate to IndyCar next season, partnering Tony Kanaan in an all-Brazilian lineup at AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet.

Iowa Indy Lights: Leist stuns his rivals with dominant drive

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.

Road America Indy Lights: Leist converts pole into untroubled win

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.

Road America Indy Lights: Leist leads Carlin 1-2 in qualifying

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.

Catching up with Matheus Leist the Freedom 100 victor

Matheus Leist: "To be honest, I felt under pressure the whole race..."

Indy Lights drivers to test IndyCars at Road America

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.

Freedom 100: Leist conquers Indy with victory on oval debut

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.

Leist takes pole for Freedom 100

Carlin Racing’s Matheus Leist set an average speed of 199.198mph to claim pole for the most prestigious race on the Indy Lights schedule at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

St Pete Indy Lights: Telitz takes pole on series debut

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.

Herta tops Indy Lights as MRTI Spring Training ends

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.