IRL: Kentucky: Foyt Racing preview

A.J. Foyt IV on Kentucky: "I'm looking forward to Kentucky because we had a real good test there so I think we have a good baseline set-up for the Conseco G-Force/Toyota. The track is one of the more challenging mile-and-a-half tracks because it...

A.J. Foyt IV on Kentucky:

"I'm looking forward to Kentucky because we had a real good test there so I think we have a good baseline set-up for the Conseco G-Force/Toyota. The track is one of the more challenging mile-and-a-half tracks because it is flatter, there's not as much banking and it's a little rougher. I want to get everything going well and come out of there with a top-10 finish. I also look forward to seeing some of our old family friends from when we used to live there when my dad was training horses."

At Gateway, A.J. IV had a long day and a short race. Starting 16th, he placed 17th in the final tally. The race was fraught with problems for the 19-year-old. Initially there were handling problems, then the gearbox had to be replaced on lap 70. Subsequently, engine problems proved terminal and he dropped out after 117 laps.

Ed Carpenter on Kentucky: "I tested an Indy car at Kentucky last month, so I'm familiar with some of the recent changes they made at the track, like grinding down some of bumps. Hopefully that will help me in the Futaba/Delphi 14 car. Last year at Kentucky I finished second to A.J. IV. We worked together in the race, running nose to tail until the final laps when we got to racing. He ended up winning but I think it was one of the closest finishes in the Infiniti Pro Series last year."

Carpenter finished fourth at Gateway last Saturday and moved to third in the Infiniti Pro Series standings.

Past performance for Foyt Racing at Kentucky Speedway: Last year, A.J. Foyt IV qualified on the pole and won the Infiniti Pro Series race. Ed Carpenter finished second in one of the closest finishes in Infiniti Pro Series history. In the Indy cars, the Foyt team didn't fare too well. Airton Dare was running well but was caught up in Tomas Scheckter's crash due to a blown tire, Eliseo Salazar finished 14th and Greg Ray's mount blew a motor. Foyt Racing has one top-five finish with Donnie Beechler (5th in 2001) and two top-five starts (2nd with Salazar and 5th with Jeff Ward in 2000).

The Belterra Casino Indy 300 will be televised live Sunday at 2:00 pm Eastern on ABC.

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