IRL: Nashville: Foyt Racing preview

A.J. Foyt IV: Conseco No. 14 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone Cleanevent 100 Ed Carpenter: No. 14 Futaba/Delphi Dallara A.J. Foyt IV on Nashville: "We didn't have a very good test there but the car will be set up quite different when we come back...

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

Cleanevent 100

Ed Carpenter: No. 14 Futaba/Delphi Dallara

A.J. Foyt IV on Nashville:

"We didn't have a very good test there but the car will be set up quite different when we come back and those changes should help a lot. I'm glad we got to test there. The track is different from any other track we run. It's concrete and at 1.3 miles long, it's in between the short tracks [mile or less] and the superspeedways [1.5 mile or more]. We run the superspeedway aero package which means you don't have a lot of downforce. It's a pretty challenging track. We need to come here and try to be competitive. The main thing we've got to do is to start finishing races, running all day and collecting a little more points than we have been. I just want to stay out there all day and get as much experience as I can. Night races underneath the lights are fun. You don't get to do it that much in the year, so having one or two races, you really look forward to them."

Past performance for Foyt Racing at Nashville Speedway: Last year Airton Dare was leading the race after starting 18th. Sam Hornish dove underneath Dare in a pass for the lead. To avoid hitting Hornish, Dare slid up the track and hit the wall. He finished 17th. Eliseo Salazar, in his comeback run from his injury in testing at Indy four months earlier, started 17th and had gotten as high as second. He had to pit under green and lost two laps. He moved high to allow faster cars through and slid up into the wall. Team owner A.J. was three for three that evening because Greg Ray, who started 19th, ran through fluid, spun and hit the wall. A.J. Foyt IV redeemed himself in the Infiniti Pro Series race by finishing fourth. He had spun on his qualifying attempt but didn't hit anything and was able to post a single qualifying lap to start 10th. In 2001, Donnie Beechler finished 10th and Salazar finished 11th after the engine blew on lap 148 of 200.

Ed Carpenter jumped to second in the Infiniti Pro Series standings with his runner-up finish at Kansas Speedway. Carpenter had won the pole and led the most laps but saw Mark Taylor slip underneath to grab the lead. Carpenter and Taylor waged a close battle for nearly 10 laps, with Carpenter briefly regaining the lead just three laps from the end. Taylor stuck to his inside line and was able to pull ahead for the victory.

Ed Carpenter on Nashville: "I am looking forward to returning to Nashville Superspeedway and the one-day format that we have for that race. I am used to one-day races from all of my USAC experience, so I think I may have an advantage. Hopefully, I will get out of the gate quicker than the other guys. I feel like my team is finally in full swing and working together well. Hopefully, now we will be able to begin to chip away at Mark Taylor's point lead."

The Firestone Indy 200 will be televised live July 17th, Saturday night, at 8 pm Eastern on ESPN 2.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mark Taylor , Greg Ray , Eliseo Salazar , Airton Daré , A.J. Foyt IV , Sam Hornish Jr. , Ed Carpenter