Legendary Nascar Owner Childress Teams Up With Foyt At Indy INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 3, 2001 - A.J. Foyt has taken on a partner for this year's Indianapolis 500. NASCAR Winston Cup championship team owner Richard Childress is now the co-owner...
Legendary Nascar Owner Childress Teams Up With Foyt At Indy
INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 3, 2001 - A.J. Foyt has taken on a partner for this year's Indianapolis 500. NASCAR Winston Cup championship team owner Richard Childress is now the co-owner of the No. 41 A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone to be driven by Robby Gordon in this year's Indianapolis 500.
A.J. Foyt filed an entry change listing Richard Childress Racing as the co-entrant along with A.J. Foyt Racing of Gordon's car. "I was talking to Richard at Talladega," said Foyt, Indy's first four-time winning driver, "and asked him if he wanted to be my partner in the second car at Indy this year. Richard and I have been friends for many, many years, and I know he has enjoyed coming to Indy in the past, so I figured I'd give him a reason to come again. The difference is he'll be a team owner this year."
Said Childress: "Being involved in some way in the Indy 500 is something I've always wanted to do. A.J. and I have been friends for a long time, and there isn't anyone else I'd rather be a co-owner with for that race. We have both been fortunate enough to get to Victory Lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and I think we have a real shot at getting there together this year with Robby, who is a very talented driver."
Childress was a frequent visitor to the Speedway in May during practice and Pole Day qualifying in the 1980s. Childress won the Brickyard 400 in 1995 with the late Dale Earnhardt behind the wheel of his GM Goodwrench Chevrolet. Earnhardt led the race's final 28 laps. Childress and Earnhardt teamed up to win six NASCAR Winston Cup championships between 1986-94.
Foyt last visited Victory Lane at the Speedway in 1999 when Kenny Brack won the "500" in Foyt's No. 14 car. Foyt's last victory as a driver came in 1977 when he became the first man to win the race four times. Eliseo Salazar is driving Foyt's famed No. 14 Harrah's entry in this year's "500." Salazar is second in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series point standings.