IRL: Richmond: Foyt Racing preview

A.J. Foyt IV: Conseco No. 14 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone Jaques Lazier: No. 5 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone A.J. Foyt IV tested briefly at Richmond International Raceway last Thursday, June 19th in a private session. A combination of factors resulted...

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

Jaques Lazier: No. 5 Dallara/Toyota/Firestone

A.J. Foyt IV tested briefly at Richmond International Raceway last Thursday, June 19th in a private session. A combination of factors resulted in Foyt IV getting only 12 laps of testing in the Conseco Dallara/Toyota that day. Rain washed out the morning session but the track was dried in time for teammate Jaques Lazier to run about 60 laps to find a comfortable set-up for Foyt IV. Unfortunately mechanical problems surfaced during Foyt's run which cut short the one-day test session.

Foyt IV on Richmond:

"Richmond is different from any track I've been to with the Indy car because it is so small and tight. It's like a go-kart track for Indy cars. I didn't get a lot of laps in the Conseco car because of our mechanical trouble but I did get up to speed pretty quick, maybe just 2-tenths off Jaques' time. I felt comfortable straight off plus I like racing at night so I'm really looking forward to running there."

Jaques Lazier makes his third start in the No. 5 Dallara/Toyota at Richmond International Raceway where he tested briefly last week.

"I'm real glad that we got a chance to test last week because it allowed us to learn what we needed in the 60 or so laps we ran to give us a good baseline going into this race. We have some other ideas we want to try in practice. I love racing at night, and the lighting technology that we have today makes the track lighting a purer light source than the sun, at least for the drivers. The lighting is so even that it eliminates shadows and it has the right brightness for us to see perfectly. Overall, I am very optimistic about our chances this weekend."

Lazier won his first pole position at the inaugural Richmond event in 2001. Lazier, driving for Sam Schmidt, was dueling for the lead with his brother Buddy Lazier when Jaques was tagged by a car they were lapping just 23 laps into the event. Buddy went on to win the race, while Jaques finished 19th.

Past performance for Foyt Racing at RIR:

A.J. Foyt Racing has two top-10 finishes (7th with Donnie Beechler in '01 and 6th with Airton Dare last year) and one top-10 start (7th with Eliseo Salazar who also led 26 laps before crashing out with Eddie Cheever in '01).

Airton Dare traveled home to Brazil last week to continue therapy on his right arm and right leg. "The trip home went pretty well," said Dare. "I took some pills to help me sleep and they worked, which is good because it is a 9-hour flight from Miami. It feels good to be home and I think I will recover much faster." Dare has a therapist come to his house every day for at least a half-hour of therapy which he repeats later that same day. The 25-year-old was injured in a crash when the right front suspension failed in practice at Texas Motor Speedway June 5th. Dare is expected to make a full recovery.

Ed Carpenter, who drives Foyt's No. 14 in the Infiniti Pro Series, will compete at Richmond in the USAC Silver Crown Series in the No. 69 Hoffman Racing car. Driving for Sinden Racing last year, Carpenter finished second to Dave Steele here for his best career finish in Silver Crown cars.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Eliseo Salazar , Buddy Lazier , Airton Daré , A.J. Foyt IV , Jaques Lazier  , Donnie Beechler , Sam Schmidt , Dave Steele , A.J. Foyt , Ed Carpenter