Larry Foyt Set To Compete at Indy HOUSTON May 1, 2006-- Larry Foyt will enter his third straight Indianapolis 500 driving for his famous father A.J. Foyt. The 29-year-old Houstonian will drive the No. 41 Honda-powered Panoz. With...
Larry Foyt Set To Compete at Indy
HOUSTON May 1, 2006-- Larry Foyt will enter his third straight Indianapolis 500 driving for his famous father A.J. Foyt. The 29-year-old Houstonian will drive the No. 41 Honda-powered Panoz.
With second generation drivers Michael Andretti, Al Unser Jr., Arie Luyendyk, Jr. and third generation driver Marco Andretti also set to compete, the 90th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will feature some of the historic surnames of its past.
"I'm very excited about coming back to Indy," said Foyt. "It's been a bittersweet experience the last two years because I felt like I've had great months of May leading up to the race, but I've had accidents on the big day. It's an amazingly difficult adjustment coming from the stock cars to the Indy cars, but I've learned a great deal, and I feel very comfortable in the open wheel cars. I'm glad my Dad has the belief in my ability that I can get the job done. I'm looking forward to a great month."
Since Foyt has not driven an Indy car since last year's 500, he'll take a refresher test this Monday, May 8 during the Rookie Orientation Program (ROP). Once he's completed the test, which is the final two phases of the ROP speed test, he will continue practicing for the remainder of the day.
The refresher test is normally scheduled during ROP because there is less traffic on track and more time for practice.
Felipe Giaffone will begin practicing for the 500 in the No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Honda when the track opens for all competitors Tuesday, May 9th. It will be the second straight Indy 500 that Giaffone and Foyt race as teammates. Last year Giaffone started 33rd and finished 15th in his first ever drive for A.J. Foyt. Larry was involved in an accident on lap 15. He sustained a lower back injury which sidelined him for six weeks. He has completely recovered.
Qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 begins Saturday, May 13th. The race takes place 1 p.m. eastern time on Sunday, May 28th. It will be broadcast live on ABC-TV.