IRL: Kansas: Foyt Racing notes

A.J. Foyt IV: Conseco No. 14 G-Force/Toyota/Firestone Jaques Lazier: No. 5 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone Aventis Racing for Kids 100 Ed Carpenter: No. 14 Futaba/Delphi Dallara A.J. Foyt returns to Kansas Speedway with good ...

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

Jaques Lazier: No. 5 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone

Aventis Racing for Kids 100

Ed Carpenter: No. 14 Futaba/Delphi Dallara

A.J. Foyt returns to Kansas Speedway with good memories:

"Last year at Kansas was very special to me, a day I will never forget. It was wonderful seeing my grandson win his first major race and then for us to go on and win the Indy car race with Airton Dare getting his first win, well it was unbelievable. It's a different ballgame this year but I think both of our guys will have good races there."

A.J. Foyt won his first USAC race at Kansas in May, 1957 at Olympic Stadium in Kansas City. He started 10th in Al Willey's No. 64 midget and won the 100-lapper at the quarter-mile dirt bullring.

A.J. Foyt IV on Kansas:

"I left Richmond with a lot of confidence even though we have a wrecked car. The Conseco car was working good, I was able to run with those guys and it was a lot of fun. Going into Kansas, I'm excited because it's where I won my first race in the Infiniti Pro Series and where Airton Dare won his first Indy car race driving for Foyt Racing. I don't see any reason why I can't keep this trend going and win my first Indy car race there. I told my grandfather that and he said, 'Just aim to have a good finish.' Hopefully, we'll do well."

Jaques Lazier:

"I am very excited about racing at Kansas for Foyt Racing. We learned a lot at the IRL Open Test in Kentucky which will help us with our set-ups at Kansas. With A.J.'s past experience and the overall package we have with the Dallara and the Toyota, I think we'll be competitive right out of the box. I really like Kansas Speedway which is very similar to Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet where I won my first Indy Car race. I think we have a good shot at repeating the trip Foyt Racing made to Victory Lane last year."

Past performance for Foyt Racing at Kansas Speedway: Last year Airton Dare won after starting 6th while Greg Ray dropped out with oil pressure problems after starting 12th. Dare led twice, leading for five laps midway through the race and then he took the lead on the final restart and led the last three laps to beat Sam Hornish. In 2001, Donnie Beechler finished 3rd after starting 11th and leading 3 laps; Eliseo Salazar started 3rd and took the lead at the start, leading for the first 32 laps and finished 7th.

Ed Carpenter on Kansas:

"We are coming into the part of the season where we are repeating the tracks that we ran last year. I think myself and some of the other guys that ran in last year's inaugural season are going to have somewhat of an advantage on some of the new guys. It has been great because some of us will already have 100 miles at Kansas. I'm looking forward to getting back on a big track after how we ran at the Indianapolis Freedom 100."

The Kansas Indy 300 will be televised live Sunday at 1 pm Eastern on ABC.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Eliseo Salazar , Airton Daré , A.J. Foyt IV , Jaques Lazier  , Donnie Beechler , A.J. Foyt , Ed Carpenter , Sam Hornis