Speedway’s Main Street welcomes Foyt Wine Vault

New wine bar features premium Foyt Family Wines from vineyards in Napa and Sonoma

Speedway, Ind. May 20— Wine aficionados and racing fans can now share motorsports memories over a bottle of Foyt Family Wines’ award-winning Meritage, Chardonnay or Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon — just in time for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 this weekend. Starting tomorrow (May 21), the Foyt Wine Vault at 1190 Main Street is open for business.

The new wine bar is part of an expansion of A.J. Foyt Racing’s team offices in Waller, Texas. The team renovated the 45,000-square-foot Main Street building to serve as its central hub for the summer’s Midwest racing events. The newly renovated building includes an impressive wine bar serving the legendary racing family’s award-winning wine sourced from select vineyards in Napa and Sonoma, Calif., along with select craft beers.

“The Foyt Wine Vault is more than just a tasting room—it’s a slice of racing history. It’s a great place to relax with friends, and a cool venue to host your special events,” said co-owner A.J. Foyt IV. “We serve some of the best wines created in Northern California and a good selection of craft beers for your enjoyment. And oh, by the way, you can get a close-up look at the last Indy car that A.J. drove in the Indy 500 in 1992.”

Guests will find this venue as a pleasing and comfortable place to relax and enjoy the Foyt family’s premium wines, from delicate Rieslings and Sauvignon Blanc to full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.  Pairings include cheeses from Tulip Tree Creamery, meats from Smoking Goose and chocolate from The Best Chocolate in Town.

Track Report: May 18

INDIANAPOLIS May 21—The final long practice session to prepare for the Indianapolis 500 was marred by yet another single car accident but this time the driver did not walk away unscathed.

James Hinchcliffe hit the Turn 3 wall nearly head-on after his car sustained a mechanical failure. Hinchcliffe was taken to Methodist Hospital where he underwent surgery for an injury to his upper left thigh. He is in stable condition. IndyCar’s technical staff halted the practice session for several hours until they were able toinvestigate the cause of the accident and its impact on the other teams.

Jack Hawksworth topped the team list with his 10th place speed ranking (224.984mph) despite ending his session early due to an engine failure. The team will be replacing the engine in the No. 41 ABC Supply machine in time for the hour-long practice on Carb Day this Friday.

“The car felt pretty decent,” Hawksworth said while watching his team remove his ailing engine. “I think we need to find a little more front grip for running in the pack and running in traffic so we can make some passes a little bit easier. So that will be the focus for Carb Day. We had a little engine issue at the end, so we have to get that sorted out. Hopefully on Friday we’ll find a little bit of front grip and hopefully that will help on Sunday.”

Takuma Sato, who was 12th in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda, ran 44 laps and posted a speed of 224.483mph.

“First, I’m really wishing a speedy recovery for Hinch,” said Sato. “All of us are wishing that. Other than that, it was nice to have extra hours after the investigation was finished by IndyCar’s technical staff and to be able to check the box that we could continue running. We were able to run in a big pack—I think it was the biggest pack of traffic all week. We worked through the race setup and tried different levels of downforce, and feel how the whole fuel stint was going to evolve. It was a relatively windy day but it was good conditions and we learned a lot. Now the engineers will go through all the data and I am confident that we have a strong package for the race and the final check on Carb Day.”

Driving the No. 48 Al-Fe Heat Treating Honda, Alex Tagliani was 19th in today’s session. Tag ran 70laps and posted a top speed of 222.907mph

“Good day at work,” Tagliani said. “Car feels good, we were on the safe side today with balance. Just a tick too much understeer but I think overall the car was okay. I think we have a decent car, we just have to fix the balance and make sure that we have good tire pressure in the run. Managing that is going to be key, and we’ll see what we get. We have another hour on Carb Day, and we’ll try to make it work for Sunday.”

Teams have a practice on Carb Day this Friday (from 11 a.m. to 12 noon ET) in final preparation for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

AJ Foyt Racing Qualifying Report: 99th Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS May 17, 2015 – Alex Tagliani led the way with a four-lap average speed of 223.722 mph, good enough for 22nd on the grid for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. It is Tagliani’s first IndyCar appearance since last year’s 500, and the Canadian was confident that there is more to come from the No. 48 car.

“I was pleasantly surprised by the pace of our No. 48 Al-Fe Heat Treating car,” said Tagliani, who will make his seventh start in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing next Sunday. “I think we had a (lap of) 225 in there, but we missed on the gearing.” The 2011 500 pole sitter is looking forward to race day, where he has a best career finish of 10th. “The car is good, it’s really good in traffic, so hopefully we can do well with this on Sunday.”

Takuma Sato, who was amongst the faster cars in practice, was not as happy with his run. The No. 14 ABC Supply Co. Honda turned a four-lap average of 223.226 mph, which puts him 27th, on the outside of row 9.

“Obviously we’re disappointed,” said Sato. “It was not the run we wanted, and we struggled to find speed. But over the course of practice I think the No. 14 ABC Supply Car is really strong in race trim, and that’s all that really matters.”

Jack Hawksworth also had a strong car in practice that did not translate to qualifying. Hawksworth was bogged down in 31st after his first run, and had to return to the track later, where he and the team found a setup that turned out a  223.738 mph four-lap average, fast enough to best teammate Tagliani for 22nd, but because he had to run a second time as part of the last row shootout, will start 31st, on the inside of row 11.

“Obviously today didn’t go to plan,” said the Britain native. “I don’t think anything was wrong with the car, unfortunately we were just super slow on the first run.” Hawksworth was much happier with his car in the second run, and is confident in his No. 41 ABC Supply Co. machine heading into race week. “We’re relieved to have made the race…I think we have a good racecar. Now we have to move towards next week and try to understand what happened and have a good race day.”

Scott Dixon’s four-lap average of 226.760 mph earned the three-time champion his second Indianapolis 500 pole. Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, Tony Kanaan, and Helio Castroneves round out the top five, with Justin Wilson completing the second row of cars for Sunday’s race.

Monday afternoon, teams will have the opportunity to fine-tune their race setups in a three and a half hour practice session. Following that, only the hour-long practice session on Carb Day separates the 33-car field from the green flag. The 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 will be broadcast on ABC-TV on Sunday May 24th, with coverage beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET.



Qualifying Set for Sunday, May 17

Rain washed out qualifying on Saturday. Teams will have just one qualifying attempt Sunday morning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. which will determine positions 10 through 30 for the Indianapolis 500. Drivers who post the top nine speeds will then re-qualify in the Fast 9 segment from 1:45 – 2:30 p.m. which will determine the winner of the Indianapolis 500 pole position. The final segment of qualifying from 3:00 - 3:35 will determine the last row—positions 31-33. Qualifying will be aired on ABC-TV from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET.