IRL: Texas: Foyt Racing preview

A.J. Foyt IV: Conseco No. 14 Panoz G-Force/Toyota/Firestone Airton Dare: No. 5 Panoz G-Force/Toyota/Firestone A.J. Foyt IV on Texas: "I am really looking forward to racing at Texas. This will be the first time that I am racing on a track where I...

A.J. Foyt IV: Conseco No. 14 Panoz G-Force/Toyota/Firestone
Airton Dare: No. 5 Panoz G-Force/Toyota/Firestone

A.J. Foyt IV on Texas: "I am really looking forward to racing at Texas. This will be the first time that I am racing on a track where I have some experience because I ran there in the Pro Series car, and I took my test for my IRL IndyCar Series license there last October. I think we'll have a good weekend in the Conseco car."

Foyt IV will drive the No.14 Conseco Panoz-G-Force/Toyota. He drove that car in practice at Indy several times but the only time he raced the G-Force chassis was at athe Indy Japan 300 in Motegi April 13.

Night Vision:The night race at Texas will be A.J. IV's first night race driving an IndyCar but the lanky 19-year-old is no stranger to driving race cars at night. Many of his go-kart races would last until the wee hours of the morning because there were so many karts at the race meets. Many times the youngster would take naps in between races.

Foyt IV clinched the Infiniti Pro Series championship title at Texas last September when he won his fourth race in the IRL season finale at his home track.

Airton Dare will drive the No.5 Panoz G-Force/Toyota this weekend for Foyt Racing. Driving for Foyt Racing last year, Dare finished third in the very close night race at Texas Motor Speedway. His performance in the 2002 season finale at TMS was hindered by his running over debris which punched a hole in the undertray and affected the car's handling.

Airton Dare on Texas: "I think it will be great because last year we had cars that handled good but the engines were lacking in horsepower. With the Toyota, that isn't a problem this year. I also think it'll be good to work with A.J. IV because we have a good relationship from when he used to change my right front tire last year. We'll be able to exchange information and I think that will help both of us out a lot."

For more information on the Foyt Racing programs,please check out the following Web sites: www.foytracing.com and www.conseco.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Airton Daré , A.J. Foyt IV