IRL: Indy 500: Foyt Racing pre-race notes

A.J. Foyt IV: No. 14 ABC Supply/Dallara/Toyota Larry Foyt: No. 41 ABC Supply/Dallara/Toyota Felipe Giaffone: No. 48 A.J. Foyt Racing/Panoz/Toyota * Foyts at Indy: For the second straight year there will be two Foyts competing in the Indy 500....

A.J. Foyt IV: No. 14 ABC Supply/Dallara/Toyota
Larry Foyt: No. 41 ABC Supply/Dallara/Toyota
Felipe Giaffone: No. 48 A.J. Foyt Racing/Panoz/Toyota

* Foyts at Indy: For the second straight year there will be two Foyts competing in the Indy 500. A.J. IV will be competing in his third Indy 500 just four days after his 21st birthday while Larry will be competing in his second Indy 500 and second Indy car race ever. Having qualified on the second weekend, both drivers will start from the tenth row in 28th and 30th respectively.

* A.J. Foyt IV: "We're going to run hard and run consistent all day to hopefully put ourselves in a position where if everything goes our way we'll have a chance for a good finish in the ABC Supply car."

* Larry Foyt: "I'm excited to be back. I learned a lot racing here last year so I'm going into this race with a lot more confidence because I know what to expect. We don't have the speed we need so our goal is to finish the race. I think if you can survive, you can get a decent finish."

* Felipe Giaffone: "It's going be tough because I have a new crew and the communication may be difficult at first. But as a driver I'm going to push as hard as I can and get to the end as quick as I can. It's tough starting last but this whole thing has been so crazy that if I have the luck that I had on Sunday, we might finish in the top 10!"

* Number 48: This year marks the 48th straight Indy 500 in which A.J. Foyt has participated as either an owner, driver or both. All of the Foyt-owned cars will carry a small decal commemorating the event.

* Never Too Late: A.J. Foyt made a senior citizen's wish come true earlier this month when he invited Ray Parish, 87, to his garage on May 17th. Parish, a former midget owner, had attended every Indy 500 from the 1930's through 1964, the race that A.J. won and the race in which Eddie Sachs and Dave MacDonald were killed. Parish continued to come to the Speedway for practice and qualifying. The meeting was a great hit with Parish and his family. However, it took an ironic turn when the Never Too Late organization, which arranged the meeting, notified Foyt that Parish passed away in his sleep on May 20. "I was amazed at how much Ray knew about me and we had a nice time talking about the old days," said Foyt. "I was shocked to learn that he died but I've always said that life is short and you should do what you want because you don't know what will happen tomorrow. I'm glad that we got the chance to meet."

* The Youngest and the Most Mature: 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.

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