A. J. Foyt To Run Pontiacs in 2000

Foyt announces manufacturer, crew chief By Marty Smith CONCORD, N.C., (0ct. 9, 1999) A.J. Foyt is quickly putting together his team for the 2000 season. The 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season has been Pontiac's finest in recent ...

Foyt announces manufacturer, crew chief By Marty Smith

CONCORD, N.C., (0ct. 9, 1999) A.J. Foyt is quickly putting together his team for the 2000 season. The 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season has been Pontiac's finest in recent memory, and they got yet another boost Saturday when A.J. Foyt announced he has chosen the General Motors company's Grand Prix model for his newly formed Conseco-sponsored race team. "I used to race Pontiacs back in the '60s and was very successful," said Foyt, a legend in both NASCAR and open-wheel racing. "I think the Pontiac is a very good race car. I think they're catching Ford and Chevy, and the Pontiac people have been good to A.J. Foyt for a long time, that's why I chose them."

Foyt also announced several key positions have been filled at the team's Mooresville, N.C., shop. Terry Wooten, former assistant crew chief and shop foreman at Mattei Motorsports, will crew chief the No. 14 Pontiacs, while Gregg Wilson, a veteran of the No. 60 Power Team Chevrolet team, has been named engine builder.

According to Conseco, several team members will be pulled from various other NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams once their current obligations end at the conclusion of this season.

"I'm ready to get the season started, I'm really excited," Wooten said. "Hopefully we can jump in there and make the adjustments we need to make and get the job done. Pontiac's got a good piece. When they said wider is better, they weren't lying."

He has not yet named a driver, but said he was looking at five or six different possibilities.

"We got a list of a lot of 'em," he said. "We don't have one in particular we're specifically looking at. We're really just evaluating a few right now."

Among those available is Johnny Benson, current driver of Roush Racing's No. 26 Ford, but Foyt wouldn't say where Benson stood on his list.

The team will take the track for the first time at Daytona in February.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Johnny Benson , A.J. Foyt