IRL: Texas: Foyt Racing preview

Darren Manning: ABC Supply No. 14 Dallara/Honda/Firestone * Darren Manning on the Bombardier Learjet 550: "I'm looking forward to racing at Texas because it's the first track that we're going to where we can use what we've learned earlier...

Darren Manning: ABC Supply No. 14 Dallara/Honda/Firestone

* Darren Manning on the Bombardier Learjet 550: "I'm looking forward to racing at Texas because it's the first track that we're going to where we can use what we've learned earlier in the season and apply it. I think what we found at Kansas will transfer to Texas. If we're not spot-on right off the truck, we can use our experience to improve the car that much quicker. We'll be running the same car that we ran at Indy so it should be good."

* Manning on Texas Motor Speedway: "Texas Motor Speedway has more banking than the other tracks we run on so it acts as a band-aid for those cars that may not be handling quite as well which should keep the field pretty close. I expect it will be a close race and hopefully we'll be at the front dicing it out with the leaders... Running under the lights gives the race more atmosphere. It's not that much different for the drivers because the lighting is so good on the track."

* Best Finishes at TMS: Manning's best finish at Texas came in 2004 when as a rookie he finished eighth. The Foyt team's best finish is first which they did with Billy Boat in 1998 (and in '97 although official records show Boat was credited with second behind Arie Luyendyk). In '98, Foyt's other car, with driver Kenny Brack, finished third. More recently, the Foyt team's best finish was third in 2002 with Airton Dare and 10th in 2005 with A.J. Foyt IV.

* Cristian Brothers Roofing, located in Grand Prairie, Texas, are this weekend's winners of the ABC Supply Your Name Here Promotion for its customers. The company name will be put on the top of the sidepods of the No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Honda. Guests will receive selected merchandise, race tickets, hospitality and garage passes, plus a Meet and Greet with A.J. Foyt and Darren Manning. The "Your Name Here" promotion selected winners by random drawing from a pool of entries sent in by ABC Supply customers earlier this year.

* The Bombardier Learjet 550k will be shown at 10:00 PM eastern time Saturday night, June 9th on ESPN2.

-credit: ajfr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Arie Luyendyk , Billy Boat , Airton Daré , A.J. Foyt IV , Kenny Brack , A.J. Foyt