IRL: Kansas: AJ Foyt IV preview

A.J. Foyt IV: ABC Supply No. 14 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone * A.J. Foyt IV on Kansas: "Kansas is a horsepower track so I don't think we'll qualify that well because horsepower has been an issue for the Toyotas this year except for the Penske...

A.J. Foyt IV: ABC Supply No. 14 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone

* A.J. Foyt IV on Kansas: "Kansas is a horsepower track so I don't think we'll qualify that well because horsepower has been an issue for the Toyotas this year except for the Penske team cars. But the last two years we've had a great handling race car but our luck hasn't been too good. So if we can just have some good luck this year, I believe we can come home with a good finish."

* A.J. Foyt's ABC Supply Racing Team traveled to Indy this week where they visited Foyt's old friend (and former driver for the Indy 500) George Snider. Snider, of Bakersfield, Calif., bases his USAC Silver Crown team in the Indianapolis area during the summer. Foyt's team is working in Snider's race shop to work on the No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Toyota. "The last couple years we've made arrangements to work in Indy rather than go all the way back to Houston," explained team manager Craig Baranouski. "It helps save time on the road with these races that are back-to-back. We'll do the same thing in between Nashville, Milwaukee and Michigan."

* This race marks A.J. IV's 40th IRL IndyCar start. His grandfather's team is the only IRL IndyCar Series entrant to have started a car in every IRL IndyCar Series event. The Argent Mortgage Indy 300 is his team's 111th start.

* At the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway last Saturday night, Foyt IV started 17th, dropped to last when there was a problem with the electronics on the shift mechanism and finished 14th.in the No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara The team struggled to find the right balance for the car during pit stops but to no avail. Foyt IV said afterwards, "It was a long night trying to stay out of people's way on a track that is very busy when you're running well. When you're not running well, it's even busier. It wasn't much fun tonight."

* Last year at Kansas: An adjustment on the car on the first pitstop was just what the car needed as Foyt IV, who qualified 14th but dropped to 19th in the opening laps, closed in on the lead pack. Unfortunately a mistake on the second pitstop where team leader told him to go before the fuel hose was detached, resulted in a 10-second penalty when he came round for the fix. Foyt IV went a couple laps down but he ultimately finished 13th. He was passing cars in the top 10 even though it didn't show in the results. At the time Foyt IV said, "We had a bad push at the start, but after our first pit stop, the car was handling great. We ran into more bad luck when the air hose got stuck on our next stop, and we had to pit again, plus take a 10-second penalty. But we didn't give up, and we passed some top cars, so we know we can run with the guys that win races. It was fun."

* Past performance at Kansas Speedway for Foyt's IRL team shows one victory with Airton Dare and a DNF with Greg Ray in 2002, a third place with Donnie Beechler and a seventh place with Eliseo Salazar in 2001. In 2003, Foyt IV was credited with 15th after dropping out on lap 169 with a blown engine.

* The Argent Mortgage Indy 300 will be televised live Sunday at 1:00 p.m. eastern on ESPN.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Eliseo Salazar , Airton Daré , A.J. Foyt IV , Donnie Beechler , A.J. Foyt