IRL: A.J. Foyt IV released from contract

A.J. FOYT IV IS RELEASED FROM CONTRACT A.J. Foyt IV will relinquish his role as driver of A.J. Foyt's No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Chevrolet. Foyt IV is being released from his contract with A.J. Foyt Enterprises effective after the IRL ...

A.J. FOYT IV IS RELEASED FROM CONTRACT

A.J. Foyt IV will relinquish his role as driver of A.J. Foyt's No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Chevrolet. Foyt IV is being released from his contract with A.J. Foyt Enterprises effective after the IRL IndyCar Series' final race at California Speedway Sunday, October 16th

"Anthony wants to try his hand at NASCAR," said family patriarch and Indy car team owner A.J. Foyt. "He's learned a lot since we began working together in 2002 but now it's time for him to learn from someone else. He's still young and I'm sure some of the advice I've given him will start to sink in when he hears it from someone other than me. I admit I'm a little nervous about trusting him to the world because he is young. At the same time, I think we both realize it's time for him to spread his wings. I'll still keep an eye on him no matter where he goes because he is my grandson and that will never change."

"I will always appreciate the chance my grandfather has given me," said Foyt IV, who turned 21 this past May. "I've learned tons working with him and his team, especially how you have to keep working together to make progress. My grandfather has shown a lot of faith in me by allowing me to drive his cars and by sticking by me when times got rough. Without him I wouldn't be where I am today. Now I have an opportunity to try something different which I'm excited about and I hope works out well."

Foyt indicated that there are several veteran drivers who are candidates for the full-time ride in the ABC Supply No. 14 car next year but he is in no rush to name Foyt IV's successor.

While driving for Foyt Enterprises, young Foyt won numerous karting titles as well as the 2001 Formula Continental Southwest Regional title and the 2002 IRL Infiniti Pro Series title. He began driving junior dragsters when he was nine and moved into karts two years later. In the IndyCar Series, he holds the record for being the youngest driver ever to compete in the Indianapolis 500 which he did on his 19th birthday in 2003 and the youngest driver ever to compete in the IRL IndyCar Series. To date, his career best start is sixth at Chicagoland Speedway (last year) while his career best finish is ninth, posted at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Kentucky Speedway this season.

-www.foytracing.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Foyt IV , A.J. Foyt
Teams A.J. Foyt Enterprises