IRL: Kentucky: Foyt Racing preview

A.J. Foyt IV: Conseco No. 14 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone * A.J. Foyt IV on Kentucky: "I enjoy racing at Kentucky because we have a lot of friends that we see from when my dad trained horses there in the late 80's. This year we'll be running a...

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

* A.J. Foyt IV on Kentucky: "I enjoy racing at Kentucky because we have a lot of friends that we see from when my dad trained horses there in the late 80's. This year we'll be running a Dallara chassis instead of the G-Force. It'll be different but we've been working with the Conseco Dallara all year so we know pretty much what it needs. Kentucky is flatter than the other 1.5 tracks and rougher too, so we'll be dealing with the shocks and springs a lot more than we do at the other superspeedways. Last year's race was fast because there was just one caution, which puts a premium on pit stops because they mostly happen under green. Team Conseco has been giving me great stops and Toyota is finding more horsepower with each race, so I'm confident we'll have a solid run on Sunday."

* At the Michigan Indy 400: A.J. IV started 16th and finished 15th in a steady race at Michigan Int'l Speedway Aug 1st. Foyt IV was hampered on the start and restarts by having three top gears. Team Conseco owner A.J. Foyt explained, "We had problems with the motor on Saturday and never got a good run so I had to guess on the gearing. I ran three top gears to cover our bases and it really hurt A.J. IV on the restarts because the car would bog down going from third to fourth." * "The Conseco car handled really well all day but we were a little off on our gearing," said Foyt IV. Then at the end we had to conserve fuel so we lost a position. But Team Conseco had great stops so that was a positive. We ran flat out all day long and did the best we could with what we had."

* A.J. IV's past performance at Kentucky: Last year Foyt IV finished 17th. The only miscue happened when he stalled leaving the pits on a green flag stop. When he rejoined the race, he was holding his own with the top five but he was two laps down. A different set of tires on the last stop didn't work like previous sets, as Foyt IV explained, "Towards the end, the car got real loose so I was just trying to bring it home for a finish." In his first ever visit to Kentucky Speedway, Foyt IV swept the pole and the race in the inaugural season of the Infiniti Pro Series, and went on to win the 2002 IPS title.

* The Belterra Casino Indy 300 will be televised live Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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