FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 23, 2000) - Native Texan A.J. Foyt made quite a name for himself driving every sort of race car one could imagine. Most noted for his unequaled success in open-wheel racing, Foyt is pouring his energy into an added...
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 23, 2000) - Native Texan A.J. Foyt made quite a name for himself driving every sort of race car one could imagine. Most noted for his unequaled success in open-wheel racing, Foyt is pouring his energy into an added venture this year - NASCAR Winston Cup racing.
He is owner of the #14 Conseco Pontiac, a new team which has struggled in the early portion of the 2000 season. Foyt originally hired Mike Bliss to drive for his Winston Cup team, but after qualifying for just the Daytona 500 in the first four races of the season, Foyt replaced the rookie driver with veteran Dick Trickle for races at Darlington and Bristol.
"We are just trouble-shooting the program right now to find out all the things that need to be changed or worked on," Foyt told media during a stop at Texas Motor Speedway on Thursday prior to flying to Bristol, Tenn., for Sunday's Winston Cup race. "Dick (Trickle) gave us some experience immediately and we were able to qualify 12th at Darlington. We are just looking to see what we need to do from here."
Foyt has not indicated who will be behind the wheel of the #14 car for the NASCAR Winston Cup DIRECTV 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 2. He is waiting until the outcome of the race this weekend in Bristol.
"I like to stay busy, always have," Foyt said. "Now is the most feasible time in my career to do something like this (start a NASCAR team). I have surrounded myself with good people in both my Indy car operation and in Team Conseco. Now, I can enjoy working with the race cars and the drivers."