IRL: Nazareth: Foyt Racing preview

A.J. Foyt IV: Conseco No. 14 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone A.J. Foyt on Nazareth: "Nazareth is not an easy track to set up for and since we didn't test there this year, it will be even harder for A.J. IV. But he surprised me with how good he ran in...

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

A.J. Foyt on Nazareth:

"Nazareth is not an easy track to set up for and since we didn't test there this year, it will be even harder for A.J. IV. But he surprised me with how good he ran in the Richmond race, so I've learned to never count him out. I just hope we have good weather so we don't lose any practice time. Even if I had a veteran driving for me which I don't, just finishing this race would make me happy."

At Kentucky, A.J. IV finished 17th, his first finish since Nashville where he also finished 17th. "The car was a better car than where we finished," Foyt IV said. "We couldn't get going on cold tires which cost us time but the Conseco car got better and better as we adjusted on it throughout the race. I stalled the engine on the first pitstop which hurt us. Then I lost the 'shift without lift' about halfway through the race so that also cost us some speed. But my Conseco team gave me great pit stops, so there were some good things that came out of that race."

Ed Carpenter, who drives the Infiniti Pro Series No. 14 car for Foyt Racing, will compete in the USAC Silver Crown race at Nazareth Speedway this weekend. The IPS is not racing at Nazareth. The 2003 Butler University graduate will drive the Hoffman Racing No. 69, the same car that he drove at Phoenix and Richmond on the IRL race weekends. Running a very limited schedule this season, Carpenter's best finish is third, posted at Richmond after starting 10th.He will be in the same carH

Past performance for Foyt Racing at Nazareth Speedway: Last year, changing weather conditions and a lack of testing hampered the Foyt Racing team's performance at Nazareth. Airton Dare qualified 17th and finished 11th. He had problems getting into the small pit box which cost him time on his pit stops, plus he lost 4th and 5th gears on the final restarts. Richie Hearn subbed for Eliseo Salazar, who was injured in testing at Indy. Hearn qualified 22nd and finished 14th after losing a lap early. There were a record 112 laps run under caution due to light rain and accidents.

The Firestone Indy 225 will be televised live Sunday at 3:00 pm Eastern on ESPN.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eliseo Salazar , Airton Daré , A.J. Foyt IV , Richie Hearn , A.J. Foyt , Ed Carpenter