IRL: Indy 500: Foyt Racing notes 2004-05-13

A.J. Foyt IV: Conseco No. 14 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone Larry Foyt: No. 41 G-Force/Toyota/Firestone * Pole Day at Indy: Eleven years to the day, A.J. Foyt retired from driving Indy cars at Indianapolis on Pole Day, May 15, 1993. This year he will...

A.J. Foyt IV: Conseco No. 14 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone
Larry Foyt: No. 41 G-Force/Toyota/Firestone

* Pole Day at Indy: Eleven years to the day, A.J. Foyt retired from driving Indy cars at Indianapolis on Pole Day, May 15, 1993. This year he will watch his son Larry qualify for his first Indy 500 and grandson A.J. IV make his second appearance in the historic event.

* A.J. Foyt on his kids: "I think this will be one of the biggest thrills of my life--getting both boys running fast and getting them qualified for the most important race in the world. It is the thrill of my lifetime to have two Foyts follow in my footsteps. It's something I never expected because I never really wanted them to race because it is such a hard life. But it's what they want and you know, life is short. They're both really good boys, they've done everything I've asked of them so I'm going to back them 100%. I'm very happy for both of them."

* Another First for Foyt: With A.J. IV and Larry driving, this Indy 500 will be the first time that two Foyt drivers ever shared the same track. When A.J. began racing midgets in the early 1950's, he occasionally raced a midget against his father Tony's team, which began fielding midgets in the late 30s. It was Tony Foyt's passion for racing that kindled the son's interest and became the genesis of one the great careers in auto racing. First four-time 500 winner Foyt holds the record for most Indy 500 starts (all consecutive) at 35, having run from 1958 through 1992.

* The Young and the Aged: Both A.J.s hold the age records for the Indy 500: A.J. Jr. is the oldest (57) driver and A.J. IV the youngest (19) to compete in the 500.

There were some people who did not receive the notes from last week so I am re-sending below...

* A.J. Foyt IV on Indy Open Test: "We tested the Conseco Dallara at the Speedway April 27-28. We threw a lot of different set-ups at the car and learned what we needed to have a good baseline for the month."

* Foyt IV on Indy: "Indy is pretty special to every race driver I think. It's special to me because of my grandfather and all that he has accomplished at that track. Our family has been there forever." In fact, this 500 marks the 47th straight year that A.J. Foyt will participate at Indy in May. This race will mark A.J. IV's 20th start in Indy cars. He will turn 20 five days before the May 30th race.

* Larry Foyt on driving in the Indy 500: "I'm really looking forward to it. I'm excited but I'm not really all that nervous or worried. I know that there will be ups and downs during the month but I feel like I've been waiting my whole career for this chance so I'm taking it all in and embracing it."

* Larry Foyt's No. 41: The Toyota-powered G-Force that Larry will drive is painted the same color "Warm Poppy Red" that graced his father's Coyotes (the name given the Foyt-built chassis) in the 1970s and early 1980s.

* Advice to Larry from A.J. IV: "I told him that it's going to be a long month and he needs to be patient in the beginning. There's no need to take risks in the beginning when you're still trying to sort things out. He just needs to be patient with himself and the car."

* Kentucky Derby winners: Following the open test at Indy, A.J. took his son Larry and grandson A.J. IV to the Kentucky Derby. It was Larry's first trip to the Derby and A.J. IV's second in a row. All three placed their money on winner "Smarty Jones" after the elder Foyt was introduced to Roy Chapman, the undefeated thoroughbred's owner, the evening before in a Louisville restaurant. "I had a blast!" said Larry of his inaugural trip to the Derby. "I can see why Dad goes every year. A lot of the traditions there are similar to Indy's and I think it's the tradition and history that makes the great sporting events great."

* For more information on the Foyt Racing programs, check out the following Web sites: www.foytracing.com and www.conseco.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Foyt IV , Larry Foyt , A.J. Foyt