A.J. Foyt, IV takes home checkered flag at Kentucky for his second consecutive victory. He edged Ed Carpenter by less than seven hundredths of a second this afternoon at Kentucky Speedway for his third Infiniti Pro Series victory in four races...
A.J. Foyt, IV takes home checkered flag at Kentucky for his second consecutive victory. He edged Ed Carpenter by less than seven hundredths of a second this afternoon at Kentucky Speedway for his third Infiniti Pro Series victory in four races this season. Foyt and Carpenter were the only drivers who led the Kentucky 100. Foyt led 64 of 67 laps in notching his second series win in a row by a mere .0652 seconds.
"Ed raced me real clean," Foyt said. "[In the] last couple laps I changed my line a little bit, but that's just the way racing goes on the last lap." Foyt was able to block and hold off Carpenter, who drafted Foyt's #14 car closely after Foyt slipped by Carpenter on the inside to regain the lead on Lap 53. Foyt won the last IPS race in a rain-shortened contest at Michigan International Speedway on July 28. He is the grandson of four-time Indianapolis 500 champion A.J. Foyt. Foyt, IV praised his grandfather and crew for setting up his car perfectly.
First runner-up Carpenter had no way to dispute Foyt's praises. "When I got in the open," Carpenter said, "I just didn't have the speed that [Foyt] did, so I was just trying to stay in his draft. I failed to pull something off on the last lap. I knew if I was going to be able to lead, it wasn't going to be for long. My best chance was just to stay in his draft and hope for something on the last lap or corner."
After the second caution of the race turned to green on Lap 29, Foyt, Carpenter and Cory Witherall were able to pull away from the rest of the pack to some degree, setting up the exciting finish between Foyt and Carpenter. "We worked pretty good together - me, Carpenter and Witherall," Foyt said, " kind of stretched it out from the other group."
Witherall finished in third position, over six seconds behind Foyt. He was followed by Ronnie Johncox in fourth and Matt Beardsley in fifth position. "We were right there behind A.J. and Ed was right behind me for a while," Witherall said. "Kind of had a little tactics there trying to see whose car was faster between mine and Ed's. I let him by on the front straightaway, tried to draft him. Unfortunately, that was the wrong thing to have done."
Witherall was able to retain his second-place position in IPS points behind Foyt and ahead of Carpenter. Witherall is the only other driver to win an Infiniti Pro Series race. He won in July at Nashville Speedway. Carpenter switched places in the points standings with Arie Luyendyk, Jr., who finished sixth in today's race. Carpenter also won a sprint car race last night in Salem, Indiana.
Foyt, IV ran a qualifying speed of 179.571 mph yesterday, which put him on the pole position for the start of the race. This is the second time that Foyt has won a race from the pole.
Actor Jason Priestley qualified for the outside pole yesterday, but was unable to race today after a serious accident during practice early this morning. As of 12:30 p.m., he was listed in serious condition with fractures to both feet, a closed head injury and a fracture of the thoracic spine. However, he is stable and responding, according to Dr. Henry Bock, medical services director of the Indy Racing League. Priestley was taken to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington shortly after the accident. Stay turned to motorsport.com for further updates.