Main Street welcomes AJ Foyt Racing

SPEEDWAY, Ind. Oct. 9, 2014 — The Speedway Redevelopment Commission and AJ Foyt Racing signed agreements for purchase and renovation of the 45,000 square-foot building located at 1180 Main St., Speedway.

The new location will serve as an expansion of AJ Foyt Racing’s team offices in Waller, Texas. The team will begin renovations with a brick facade to the north side of the building and installation of windows on the south side.

As auto racing’s most inspiring champion, A.J. Foyt is the record winner of 67 IndyCar races, and seven national championships. He is also the only driver to win all three major motorsport races: the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“The Indianapolis Motor Speedway holds a rich part of my history and future,” said A.J. Foyt. “During the racing season, it makes sense for our team to operate close to the track where my name was made.  I remember what Main Street looked like when I first came to Indy and the Commission has managed to modernize it but retain the area’s history too. We’re happy to be part of Speedway’s redevelopment.”

The Town of Speedway is pleased to welcome a corporation who shares their close identification with racing and innovation. This new addition to Main Street helps bring growth and economic development to Speedway’s already growing community.

“When Speedway began their redevelopment plans in 2005, one of the dreams was to bring racing legends like A.J. Foyt and his team back to Main Street – the racing capital of the world,” said Vince Noblet, Director of the Speedway Redevelopment Commission. “We’re primed to build upon our unique history and motorsports ancestry – both of which are an integral part of the rich fabric that makes Speedway a great place to live and work.”

“A.J. Foyt on Main Street further demonstrates that our community’s economic development is creating a place where a legend of the track would want to locate and this move is another step in our revitalization,” said Gary Raikes, President of the Speedway Town Council.

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About Speedway Redevelopment Commission

The SRC consists of five volunteers appointed by the Speedway Town Council. Using input from the entire community, the commission is charged with developing a plan to revitalize a 700-acre area, including Speedway’s Main Street and the large area to the northwest termed Area 2. More information about the SRC is available at www.speedwayindiana.com.

 

 

Race Report: MAV TV 500

FONTANA, Calif. Aug. 30, 2014—Takuma Sato and the ABC Supply team closed out the Verizon IndyCar Series season on a positive note with their sixth place finish in the MAV TV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. For the second race in a row, both driver and team posted a career best finish. Qualifying fourth  yesterday was also Sato’s (and the race team’s) best ever start there.

"It was a long, fast race!” Sato said afterwards. “I couldn't believe only one yellow for 500 miles--it felt long. The ABC car was fast, we just needed a little more work in traffic. The car would lose a lot of grip and I struggled. When I had clean air it was pretty fast and I could catch people and then just chip away at them. It was a good race for us. The mechanics did a good job--no mistakes on the pit stops so it was a strong performance for the ABC Supply team. Having qualified fourth, I would have loved to finish higher but nevertheless we fought strong in these last races.” With double points being awarded for the 500-miler, Sato gained two spots in the year-end standings and placed 18th. He scored three of his five top-10 finishes in the final five races of the 18-race season.

Will Power, who finished ninth in the race, won his first IndyCar title after coming very close on three previous occasions.

“We learned a lot this season--we've gone through many ups and downs,” Sato said. “I'd like to thank A.J. and Larry for making it happen. I think the whole team did a superb job this year! Thanks also to ABC Supply for their support and to Alfe Heat Treating for theirs as well. I was pleased to see my friend Will Power win the championship--it was well deserved!"