IRL: Foyt aligns with Toyota for 2003

Foyt to use Toyota engines in IRL IndyCar Series in 2003. INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Jan. 27, 2003 -- Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. and A.J. Foyt Enterprises announced Jan. 27 that they have reached an agreement for Toyota to supply IndyCar Series...

Foyt to use Toyota engines in IRL IndyCar Series in 2003.

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Jan. 27, 2003 -- Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. and A.J. Foyt Enterprises announced Jan. 27 that they have reached an agreement for Toyota to supply IndyCar Series engines to the team beginning in 2003, the manufacturer's inaugural season of Indy Racing League competition.

The agreement makes A. J. Foyt Enterprises one of five teams to sign with Toyota in the manufacturer's quest for an Indianapolis 500 victory and an IRL IndyCar Series championship. Foyt's team joins Kelley Racing, Marlboro Team Penske, Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Mo Nunn Racing in using Toyota power in 2003.

A.J. Foyt IV, 18, will drive the team's Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone cars in 2003. Foyt, the grandson of team owner and four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, won the inaugural Infiniti Pro Series championship last season with four victories.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with A.J. Foyt Enterprises, a name synonymous with IndyCar Series racing," said Jim Aust, Toyota vice president of motorsports. "A.J.'s team is a proven winner in the IndyCar Series, and his talented grandson A.J. Foyt IV shows great promise for the future."

Foyt's team has recorded seven victories in seven seasons of IRL IndyCar Series competition, as it was one of the series' original teams in 1996. Foyt Enterprises won the inaugural IndyCar Series entrant championship in 1996 and repeated that feat in 1998. Foyt's team also won the Indianapolis 500 in 1999.

"I am happy that A.J. Foyt Enterprises entered into an agreement with Toyota this year," Foyt said. "They have done a lot of testing on their engine with impressive results. Bottom line is that we're trying to put together the best program possible for my grandson A.J. Foyt IV, and we're off to a good start."

TRD, U.S.A. started its operation in 1979 as the North American technical arm for design, development and assembly of Toyota's racing engines.

The IndyCar Series season starts with the Toyota Indy 300 on March 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Both races will be broadcast live on ABC and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network.

For ticket information for the season opener at Homestead, call (305) 230-RACE or visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com. For tickets to the Phoenix event, call (602) 252-2227 or visit www.phoenixintlraceway.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Foyt IV , Chip Ganassi , A.J. Foyt , Mo Nunn
Teams A.J. Foyt Enterprises , Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing