Compton, 34, who spent the first two years of his Winston Cup career at Melling Racing, comes to Foyt looking to build on the momentum of his 2001 season, where he swept both poles at Talladega, qualified second and third at Daytona, and earned...
Compton, 34, who spent the first two years of his Winston Cup career at Melling Racing, comes to Foyt looking to build on the momentum of his 2001 season, where he swept both poles at Talladega, qualified second and third at Daytona, and earned six top-15 starts in his final 11 races.
Team owner A.J. Foyt believes that Compton, who parlayed a stellar two-year run in the Craftsman Truck Series into a Winston Cup ride, is the right driver at the right time for a racing team looking for a catalyst to bring it into weekly contention.
"Stacy has certainly shown that he has the ability to be competitive on the Winston Cup level, and I'm pleased that he'll be driving for us this year," Foyt said. "More important than that, my team is excited about working with Stacy."
"I don't care if it's Indy Car or NASCAR racing, a race team has to find the right chemistry and pull together to be successful," he added. "For the past two years we've been laboring to put the right people in the right places to take this team to the next level. With Stacy as our driver, I believe we've taken a big step up in our ability to perform consistently in 2002 and beyond."
Compton is quick to point out the parallels between Foyt Racing and his own Winston Cup career. "We're both in our third year of Winston Cup," Compton explained. "I don't care who you are, when you enter your first year you just don't have a clue about what goes into Winston Cup racing."
"During the second year you feel like you've gotten your feet wet, and you've got a feel for the tracks and how they react to sun and shade," he said, "and that's really your first year of experience. Then you come to where we are now, in the third year, and we'll be going back to tracks where we've run 500, 1000-plus miles. I feel like we'll be ready to compete."
Compton is optimistic about the elements that Foyt has put into place for the 2002 season. "A.J. has put all the resources in place for us to be very competitive, from the in-house motor program, to the personnel that are in place, to the way the Busch Series team will be able to work with the Winston Cup team."